Thursday, November 29, 2018

CFP: 5th Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators (SCALE) + Morrison Prize ($10,000) nominations

From Troy Rule at ASU Law:

Call for Presentation and Panel Proposals for the Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators.  The conference will be held on May 10, 2019, at ASU Law in downtown Phoenix, AZ.  Each year, roughly 50 law professors from throughout North America are selected annually to speak at this conference, and their airfare/transportation costs (up to $500) and lodging are covered by ASU.  The conference’s focus encompasses land use law (and other areas, too), and Michael Gerrard (Columbia) will be this year’s keynote speaker. 

Here’s a link with more information about the conference and how to submit proposals:   

In connection with the conference, ASU is also conducting its Fourth Annual Morrison Prize Contest.  This is a $10,000 prize contest for recent environmental sustainability-related law journal articles that are ALREADY WRITTEN.  Entrants must merely send five offprints of their article and a cover letter to the address in the Call for Entries.  The deadline (December 31) for entering the contest is fast approaching.  Information on that is below.


$10,000 prize for an article you've already published! 

The Morrison Prize is a $10,000 award presented annually to the author(s) of the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic paper published in North America during the previous year. The prize winner(s) will present the winning paper in a plenary session at the Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators on May 10, 2019, which will be held at the Beus Center for Law and Society located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.


The Morrison Prize contest is open to full-time law professors who have published environmental sustainability-related papers in printed U.S. or Canadian legal academic journals during the contest period. The contest is not open to students. All papers appearing in a qualifying journal's final 2017 issue or in an issue printed and circulated prior to November 15, 2018, fall within the 2019 contest period. Works-in-progress and papers that are not published in print form before the deadline are not eligible. Papers focused on topics in environmental law, water law, energy law, natural resources law, land use law, disaster law, climate change law, or agricultural law meet the subject matter requirements for eligibility.

Judging Process and Criteria:

The Morrison Prize seeks to recognize the paper published within the eligibility period that is likely to have the most significant positive long-term impact on the advancement of the environmental sustainability movement. All eligible papers entered into the prize contest will undergo independent review and scoring by a diverse group of full-time law professors who teach in environmental sustainability-related areas at four different accredited North American law schools.
The contest scoring system focuses primarily on a paper's quality and originality of analysis (20%) and potential for real-world impact on policy developments directly related to environmental sustainability goals (80%).

ASU Law will announce the 2019 Morrison Prize winner in February. The winner must present the winning paper at the May 2019 Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators to claim the cash prize.

How to Enter:

To enter the 2019 Morrison Prize contest, mail a cover letter and five (5) offprints of your qualifying paper to:

Josh Abbott
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Mail Code 9520
Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467

The deadline for submitting papers is December 31, 2018.

Entries postmarked by the deadline will be accepted. Nominations of colleagues' or peers' articles are welcome but must include five (5) offprints. For any questions regarding the contest, please contact Josh Abbott at 480-965-2465 or

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