Stein Scholar Wins Environmental Writing Competition


On October 20, Fordham Law 3L and Stein Scholar Rachel Manning ’19 will receive an award for her first place finish in the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest. The contest, which is presented by the Environmental Law and Energy Section of the NYSBA, is an annual competition designed to challenge law students to analyze the environmental issues confronting the modern world.

Manning’s article, entitled “Reaching the Individual: A Proposed Federal Framework to Reduce Community-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” tied for first place, and will be published this year in both the Fordham Environmental Law Review and The New York Environmental Lawyer, an NYSBA publication. Manning will share with the co-winner a $1,000 prize from the NYSBA.

“The collective impact of greenhouse gas emissions from individuals is significant, yet most environmental laws focus on addressing emissions from industry,” Manning noted. “This article discusses policies that have been or could be implemented to promote collective behavior change, and proposes how to integrate them into a comprehensive incentive structure.”

Manning is currently the treasurer, and past president, of the Environmental Law Advocates student group and hopes to pursue a career in environmental law.

“There are not many student writing competitions that focus specifically on environmental issues, so I was thrilled to find one that was a good fit,” she said.

After graduation in May 2019, Manning will clerk for the chief justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and she already has a second clerkship lined up in the District of New Jersey.

The October 20 awards ceremony will be held at the Environmental and Energy Law Section’s fall 2018 conference at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York.


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