Stratospheric Ozone Protection & Mario Molina

By coincidence, we just discussed protection of the stratospheric ozone layers in my environmental law course this week when I saw the obituary for Dr. Mario Molina yesterday, a Mexican-American scientist. His research on damage to the ozone layer by CFCs and other ozone depleting chemicals was awarded a Nobel Prize and eventually prompted the negotiation of the Ozone Treaties (Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol). These agreements have become among the most successful international environmental treaties to date and continue to serve as models for modern environmental treaty-making. In his later days, he used his role to speak out on these broader environmental policy issues, including in the context of climate change. What a loss.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/10/nobel-laureate-who-helped-save-ozone-layer-dies

ABA SEER (Environment Section) 2020-2021 Law Student Writing Competitions

The ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources has some terrific writing prize opportunities for law students, well designed for submission of course papers. Many of them have a 20 page length limit on submissions. All of them have a submission deadline of May 31, 2021, with a $1000 cash prize for the top paper. For additional requirements and details, see the links.

California Lawyers Assocation, Environmental Law Section – Environmental Law Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program (Deadline: October 26, 2020)

A terrific fellowship opportunity for qualified law students. One of my students was a recipient recently and had a great experience. The program provides a summer $6500 stipend and helps place students in a valuable environmental law summer internship.

To see the fellowship criteria, see the program description on the CLA Environmental Law Section’s website at https://calawyers.org/section/environmental-law/fellowships/.

[The program’s description of fellowship qualification criteria are quite expansive.]

Winter Break Advice for 1L Law Students

Here’s some great advice that one of my former students, now practicing with a large corporate law firm, had for my current 1L law students.  I am sure they will need a break from an intense first semester of law school.  Unfortunately, for the sake of their future legal career, there is not much rest to be had.  The early (as well as diligent and assertive) bird still gets the worm.

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