Over the course of the last decade, the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) has sponsored the ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition. The student writing competition encourages law students to explore energy law topics, awarding cash prizes to the top three papers.
In 2018, the first-place award of $1,000 went to Raymond J. Richards, of George Washington University Law School, for his paper Preemption, I Think Not: Evaluating California’s Stored Energy Procurement Law Against FERC Order 841. Maddison Malone Riddick, of the University of Houston Law Center, won the second-place award of $750 for Curb Appeal v. Renewable Energy: Ensuring Access to Solar Energy within Homeowners Associations. Brandon Rattiner, of Georgetown University Law Center, captured the third-place award of $500 for his paper on Making Fossil Fuels Dormant.
The RADER committee could not administer the Energy Law Student Writing Competition without the help of its volunteer judges. We are greatly appreciative of the over 20 professors and practitioners in the area of energy law that served as judges and helped review all of the student submissions.
Congratulations to Raymond, Maddison, and Brandon, and thanks to all of the judges and student participants!
Aaron Levine and Roger Feldman are co-chairs of the Renewable, Alternative, and Distributed Energy Resources (RADER) Committee. K.K. DuVivier is the RADER Student Writing Competition vice chair.