From 2006 to 2019, ELI conducted an annual competition inviting law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. The goal was 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 drew essays from students at law schools nationwide. Winners hailed from Lewis & Clark Law School, Wayne State University Law School, Georgia State University College of Law, Suffolk University School of Law, Vermont Law School, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, the University of Southern California School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School, Yale Law School, and the University of Maryland School of Law. We have acknowledged runner-up essays from a range of additional law schools.
The winning student submission received the ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Prize, $2000 and an offer of publication in ELI's flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR). To see a list of past winners, click here.