Case Western Law student receives OSBA Environmental Law Award

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (March 17, 2014) – The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Environmental Law Committee today announced that Erik Lange of Case Western Reserve School of Law is the winner of its 2014 Environmental Law Award. Lange’s winning paper is titled, “Shale Gas and State Preemption of Local Regulations in Ohio: Beck Energy’s Dispute with the City of Munroe Falls.”

The OSBA Environmental Law Award call for papers sought manuscripts that advance the application and practice of environmental, energy or resources law in Ohio. As the winner of this contest, Lange received the OSBA Environmental Law Award and a prize of $1,000, donated by McMahon DeGulis LLP. Taylor E. Chmel of Cleveland Marshall College of Law received an honorable mention and will receive $250.   

“We are pleased that in its fifth year the contest continues to grow and benefit the practice of environmental law in Ohio,” said Suzanne Fisher, partner at McMahon DeGulis LLP and chair of the OSBA Environmental Law Committee. “This year, our competition has expanded to include a submission from Case Western Reserve Law School for the first time. We continue to hear from the finalists that they appreciate the honor and greatly enjoy meeting their future colleagues,” she said.

Submitted articles were judged on the following criteria: relevance to the practice of law in Ohio; timeliness and importance of the selected topic; organization; quality of legal analysis; quality of legal research; and quality of the overall writing.

The review panel included these OSBA members: Dale Vitale, chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office; Kristin Watt, partner at Vorys Sater; Sandra Ramos, chair of OSBA Natural Resources Law Committee and attorney for the ODNR Division of Mineral Resources Management; Steve Samuels, attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC; and Michael McMahon, partner at McMahon DeGulis. 

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.



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