the Annual Professor John R. Nolon Student Writing Competition


The Professor John R. Nolon Student Writing Competition is currently accepting entries.

Entries are encouraged from any law student from now until the final deadline of January 16, 2024. This year’s topic is Sustainable Business Law.

Maximum length: 35 double-spaced pages, 12pt Times New Roman font (including footnotes, which may be single-spaced, 10pt Times New Roman font).

To submit, email with the subject line reading: PELR 2023 Writing Competition.

Prize Awarded: 1st place – $500 and publication in PELR. 2nd and 3rd place – consideration of publication in PELR.

Criteria for judging entries will be organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of style.

The competition, created to encourage and recognize student contributions to environmental law, is named after Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus John Nolon. The competition honors Professor Nolon’s dedication to student scholarship. Professor Nolon supervises student research and publications regarding land use, sustainable development, climate change, housing insecurity, racial inequity, and the coronavirus pandemic at Haub Law. He is also co-counsel to the Law School’s Land Use Law Center, which he founded in 1993. He served as Adjunct Professor of land use law and policy at the Yale School of the Environment from 2001-2016. Before he joined the law school faculty, he founded and directed the Housing Action Counsel to foster the development of affordable housing.

Previous Professor John R. Nolon Student Writing Competition Winners:

    • 2022–2023 First Place: Christen Maccone (Haub Law ’23), Should Environmental Protection be Through Anthropocentric Rights?