(Washington, DC): Benjamin Raker, a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, has been named the winner of the Environmental Law Institute’s 2016–2017 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Mr. Raker will receive a $2,000 award, a one-year membership to ELI, and publication of his article in the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR®), ELI’s flagship journal and one of the most often-cited law journals covering environmental and natural resource issues.
(Washington) Joel Reschly, a third-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School, has been named the winner of ELI’s 2014-2015 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Mr.
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.
- "The Environmental Relevance of the Equal Access to Justice Act," American Constitution Society Blog Guest Post (July 2013)
- Shifting the Debate: In Defense of the Equal Access to Justice Act, Brian Korpics, Jay Austin, and Bruce Myers (ELI, June 2013)
Although most major environmental laws have been on the books since the 1970s, these laws continue to be subject to constitutional or other legal challenges. Sometimes attacks on environmental laws are opportunistic, the result of a lawyer making the best available arguments on behalf of a client in a particular case. But these challenges are often strategic, pursued by ideologically motivated anti-regulatory activists or property-rights proponents.
The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made, while other parties have brought constitutional and common-law claims in support of preserving or expanding environmental protections. ELI invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.
An American [State] in Paris: The Constitutionality of States' Commitments to the Paris Agreement
Kristin McCarthy, William & Mary Law School
The First Amendment Implications of a Mandatory Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Disclosure Regime
Rebecca Susko, Fordham University School of Law