LLM Alumnus Wins 2019 Grodsky Prize

April 3, 2019

Christopher DelGiorno

From left to right: Professor Robert L. Glicksman; Andrea Huber, Professor Jamie Grodsky's sister; Dr. Gerold Grodsky, Professor Grodsky's father; Christopher DelGiorno, LLM ’18; Dean Blake D. Morant; and Associate Dean LeRoy C. Paddock.

Christopher DelGiorno, LLM ’18, was presented with this year’s Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Law Scholarship. The prize, which commemorates the life of Professor Jamie A. Grodsky, recognizes an original paper by a GW Law student in the environmental field as judged by a panel.

His paper, “Closing the Loop: The Folly of Burn Pits and Achieving Sustainable Military Contingency Operations Through Life-Cycle Cost Analysis,” discusses burn pits and achieving sustainable military contingency operations through life-cycle cost analysis.

The Grodsky Prize was presented on March 25, 2019. Robert L. Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, introduced the award and highlighted the continuing scholarly influence of Jamie Grodsky's work. Dean Blake D. Morant then presented the award to Mr. DelGiorno. The Grodsky family attended the event.

“I am truly honored to have been selected for the Grodsky Prize and am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the life and career of Professor Grodsky from her family and friends,” Mr. DelGiorno said. “Professor Grodsky was an amazing teacher, scholar, and person, and her academic work continues to influence environmental law and policy. After meeting the brilliant inaugural Grodsky Prize winner, Renee Martin-Nagle, I'm not sure I am worthy of the honor, but I am thankful it will bring more attention to the challenges posed by the seemingly straightforward issue of waste disposal at deployed locations.”     

Mr. DelGiorno is presently stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he serves as an Environmental Counsel and Liaison Officer in the Air Force’s Legal Operations Agency.

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