post date 08/29/13
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
time FAMU won or placed in the prestigious competition.
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
Law student placed in this prestigious writing competition.
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
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.
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
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
Nichola and Crosby were honored in August at an awards ceremony during
the ELULS Annual Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach.