The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources recently awarded the Villanova Environmental Law Journal with the 2019 Environment, Energy and Resources Law Student Program of the Year Award for the Journal’s Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium. The award recognizes the best student-organized educational program or public service project of the year focusing on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law.
The ABA presented the award to Todd Aagaard, Professor of Law and faculty advisor for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal, and Molly O’Neil ’20, one of the 2020 Symposium Editor, at the Section’s 27th Fall Conference in Boston in September.
“It was a great honor to receive this prestigious award and to see the Villanova Environmental Law Journal receive national recognition,” said Kathleen McCanless ’19, 2019 Symposium Editor. “The award highlights the importance of bringing together people involved in environmental law and helping them stay up-to-date on the latest cutting-edge environmental law issues.”
Held in February each year, the annual Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium brings together students and representatives from private practice, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to discuss current environmental law issues. The 2019 Symposium titled, "Strategies to Address Uncertainty and Transition in Environmental Law," looked at how environmental law, like many other regulatory areas, is rife with uncertainties, which are exacerbated by political transitions. The Symposium included opening remarks from John Cruden, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, former Assistant Attorney General for the Environment & Natural Resources Division, as well as panels on Waters of the United States, Climate Change Regulation and Contaminants of Emerging Concern. The 2020 Symposium, which will address environmental shareholder activism, will be held on February 7.
The Villanova Environmental Law Journal, one of three published journals at Villanova Law, is a national legal publication dedicated to the scholarly review of environmental topics. It is published two times per year in the Winter and the Summer by a staff of student editors and writers who have been invited to join the Journal based on their performance in an open-writing competition.