For Immediate Release:  Dec 9, 2008
2008, 12, 09

Hofstra Law hosts "Green" writing competition and conference

Hofstra Law hosts "Green" writing competition and conference

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School, Wright Risk Management and Congdon, Flaherty, O’Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis & Fishlinger are sponsoring a nationwide student writing competition.

Topics for papers include nuclear relicensing, green building, public nuisance climate change litigation and ethanol policy, among others.  Students may also create their own topics related to the rights and duties of consumers and the consequences of energy choices.  The deadline is January 16, 2009.

The First Prize winner receives $500.  For more information on the writing competition, contact Hofstra Law School Assistant Dean for Administration and Operations Jeffrey A. Dodge

The writing contest is in anticipation of the “Energy and the Environment:  Empowering Consumers” conference on March 19 and 20, 2009, also sponsored by Hofstra Law School, Wright Risk Management and Congdon, Flaherty, O'Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis & Fishlinger.

The interdisciplinary conference will cover the rights and duties of consumers, the consequences of their energy consumption choices and the implications of their environmental demands and responsibilities.

The conference will examine some of the most important legal, factual, political and ethical considerations in the evolving role of the energy and environmental consumer.  for more information.

Hofstra Associate Professor of Law Katrina Fischer Kuh, organizer of the conference, was recently selected for the Task Force on Global Warming, created by the New York State Bar Association to address the profound impact climate change is having on the natural environment and ecosystems.

“Throughout its history, Hofstra Law School has been a leader in Environmental Law scholarship and activism,” said Hofstra Law School Dean and Professor of Law Nora V. Demleitner.  “With this Energy and Environment conference, we are holding true to that tradition.”  

Last year, the school acquired the papers of William R. Ginsberg, a Hofstra Professor Emeritus who was a pioneer in the field of environmental law and a leading advocate for the preservation of open space.

Ginsburg, who taught at Hofstra Law for 29 years, is credited with introducing one of the first environmental law classes in the country.  When he retired from teaching in 2004, Ginsberg held the title of Rivkin Radler Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law.  He died in 2006.

Hofstra Law offers a concentration in Energy and the Environment.  Environmental Law classes offered include Environmental Law in Commercial and Real Estate Transactions; Energy, the Environment and the Global Economy; Environmental Law; Environmental Law in Commercial Real Estate Transactions; Health and Safety Regulation; International Environmental Law; Land Use Regulation; Law of the Sea; Preservation Law and Scientific Evidence.  

Students are also active in the Hofstra Law Environmental Law Society.  Recently, Hofstra Law was named one of the country’s best public interest law schools by preLaw magazine, a national publication aimed at prospective law students.  Among the 75 law schools that made the list, Hofstra ranked 11th.

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