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Holli Brown Named Co-Winner of ELI's “Endangered Environmental Laws” Writing Competition

May 10, 2011

Vermont Law School's Holli Brown '12 recently was named co-winner of the sixth annual ELI-ABA-NAELS "Endangered Environmental Laws" Student Writing Competition.

Image of legal writingBrown and William Gignilliat, a second-year student at the University of Georgia School of Law, will share a $2,000 cash award and receive publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, the Environmental Law Institute's flagship journal and the most often cited law review covering environmental and natural resource issues.

"This year's winners each explore cross-cutting environmental law issues in light of recent events," said ELI Senior Attorney Jay Austin. Brown's entry, "The Attack on Frack: New York's Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing and Where It Stands in the Threat of Takings," examines whether a state moratorium on hydrofracking could result in a compensable taking of private property under the Fifth Amendment.

The annual competition--co-sponsored by ELI's Endangered Environmental Laws Program, the Constitutional Law Committee of the American Bar Association 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. The winning articles will be published in ELR News & Analysis in the fall of 2011.

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