The Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship was established to honor Professor Grodsky's legacy of leading-edge environmental scholarship by encouraging students to produce papers on important environmental issues.
The prize of $5,000 is awarded for the best paper written by a GW Law JD, LLM, or SJD student in the field of environmental law in the previous calendar year. To receive the prize, a paper must be of publishable quality and make a significant contribution to the theory or practice of environmental law.
The determination of whether a paper falls within the category of environmental law will be within the discretion of the competition jury, but the term is intended to be liberally interpreted to include scholarship in the fields of pollution control, natural resources, sustainable development, smart growth, agriculture, energy, land use, and animal law.
The winner is selected by a jury consisting of at least one GW Law faculty member, a faculty member from another law school, and a GW Law alumnus. Criteria for selecting the winner include originality, innovation, depth of scholarship, the importance of the environmental issue addressed, and the quality of writing and analysis. In its sole discretion, the committee may decide that no paper merits the award in a particular year.
The Jamie Grodsky Prize is awarded each year at an awards ceremony held in connection with the Law School's annual J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Conference. The winning paper is published in the GW Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, or another GW Law journal if for any reason the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law does not. Students who enter the competition must provide written permission to GW Law to print their paper in a GW publication should they be awarded the prize.