PUBLISHED:January 25, 2010

2009-10 ELI-ABA-NAELS Writing Competition

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by the courts and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protections. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy of environmental laws have continued to gain traction in the federal courts. In response to this trend, ELI, ABA/SEER and NAELS invite law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law.

Any topic addressing recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or "federalism" component are acceptable.

Students currently enrolled in law school are eligible, including students who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2010. Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all the authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

Submission requirements:

Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:


author's name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author's name and law school must NOT appear anywhere in the essay, other than on the cover page);

law school name and address;

author's permanent and school mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number (indicate effective dates for any contact information subject to change);

abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece;

certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration); and

statement as to where the author(s) learned about this competition.