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Environmental Governance

Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

With the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., ELI conducts an annual competition inviting law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. Our goal is to inform the ongoing debate about the constitutional legitimacy of environmental laws and to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge constitutional environmental law topics. 

ELI's writing competition, which is now in its tenth year and still the only one of its kind, draws essays from students at law schools nationwide. The nine winners to date have hailed from Wayne State University Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, the University of Maryland School of Law, Yale Law School, the University of Southern California School of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Washington and Lee University School of Law, the University of Vermont Law School, and Suffolk University School of Law. We have acknowledged runner-up essays from a range of additional law schools. 

ELI is pleased to administer the competition in partnership with the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, a coalition of over 50 law student groups that aims to connect, educate, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

The winning student submission receives the Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Prize, $2000 and an offer of publication in ELI's flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR)

For more information, please contact Talia Fox at fox@eli.org or 202-939-3241. 

Details on the 2014-2015 Competition

Past Winners and Their Essays