ELI Announces Winner of Eighth Annual Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition

May 2013

(Washington, DC) — James E. Flynn III, a third-year student at Georgia State University College of Law and current visiting student at Florida State University College of Law, has been named winner of the eighth annual ELI-ABA-NAELS Constitutional Environmental Law Student Writing Competition. Mr. Flynn will receive a $2000 cash award and publication in the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), ELI’s flagship journal and the most often cited law review covering environmental and natural resource issues.

Mr. Flynn’s entry, “The Fraudulent Misrepresentation of Climate Science,” provides a thought-provoking analysis about addressing climate science misrepresentation. “This ambitious article highlights disturbing trends in the realm of climate science,” said ELI Senior Attorney Jay Austin. “Mr. Flynn raises intriguing questions about how to respond to the potential distortion of climate science information under existing and new causes of action.”

The annual competition—co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute, the Constitutional Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies—invites law students to analyze issues at the intersection of constitutional and environmental law. All entries received were subject to a rigorous evaluation process overseen by judges from ELI, ABA, and NAELS. The selected article will be published in ELR® News & Analysis in the fall of 2013.