FAMU Law Places First and Third in Environmental Law Writing Competition

Article post date 08/29/13


 College of Law graduate Michael Nichola shows off the plaque he received for winning the annual Dean Frank Maloney Environmental Law Writing Competition sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar.  Nichola’s win marks the first time FAMU won or placed in the prestigious competition.

Florida A&M University College of Law recent graduate Michael Nichola ('13), and third-year student Tia Crosby earned two of the top three places in the annual Dean Frank Maloney Environmental Law Writing Competition, sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar. 

The competition was open to all law students at Florida's twelve law schools, and submissions addressed topics on environmental or land use law issues of concern to Florida.  The selection marks the first time any FAMU College of Law student placed in this prestigious writing competition.

Nichola's paper, "Takings of the Future: Sea Level Rise's Impact on Florida's Coastal Property Under Current Florida Law and Proposed Strategies for Adaptation," was the winning submission in this year's competition.  By winning, he will receive a cash prize, and his paper will be considered for publication in the Florida Bar Journal. Nichola prepared the winning paper in the Ocean and Coastal Law Seminar course, taught by College of Law Professor Randy Abate in Spring 2013.


College of Law third-year student Tia Crosby finished third in the annual Dean Frank Maloney Environmental Law Writing Competition, sponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar, helping FAMU take two of the top three spots.  Crosby made history by joining Michael Nichola as the first FAMU Law student or graduate to place in the prestigious competition.

Crosby's paper, "The Gainesville Scenario: A Case Study on the Need to Incorporate Substantive and Procedural Environmental Justice Protection into the CERCLA Cleanup Process," earned third place in the competition.  She prepared the paper in the Advanced Topics in Environmental Law Seminar course, also taught by Professor Abate in Fall 2012.

Both Nichola and Crosby were honored in August at an awards ceremony during the ELULS Annual Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach.