The Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) is committed to supporting Environmental and Land Use Law programs and activities in Florida’s law schools. The Section works with law schools through several committees. The Law School Liaison Committee is the committee with the primary responsibility of coordinating Section activities with law schools. Other committees that work closely with law school programs and law students are: the Public Interest Committee/Access to Justice and the Young Lawyers Committee.
- Law School Grants – The Section annually awards grants to Florida law schools in two categories: Block Grants and Special Request Grants. Block Grants are awarded in equal amounts of $750 each to applying law schools. They may be spent at the discretion of the school for any activity relevant to environmental or land use law. Special Request Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. These grants are for the purpose of facilitating the development of programs or events which will become self-sustaining over time. For information on the grants, the application process and related requirements, please review the Law School Committee Funding Guidelines.
- Dean Maloney Writing Contest – Named after Dean Frank E. Maloney, this annual contest honors the three top papers on an environmental or land use topic. Winners are recognized at the Section’s Annual Meeting and their papers are considered for publication in the Florida Bar Journal and the Section Reporter. Contest rules are contained within the Dean Maloney Writing Contest brochure.
- Fellowships – The Section sponsors the FEPI Fellowship (Florida Environmental Public Interest) each summer. The FEPI Summer fellowship is designed to encourage qualified law students to study and pursue careers in public interest environmental and land use law. The FEPI Summer Fellowship is open to first or second year law students at a Florida law school with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public interest environmental law. The Section will fund one law student with a $5,000 stipend.
- The Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter publishes articles from Florida law school professors and students that inform the members about environmental and land use law activities at the law schools.
- Students and law school professors who are not members of the Florida Bar may join the section as affiliate members. Membership benefits include access to the Section’s Treatise, Listserv, and Reporter. Informal mentoring opportunities are also available through the Law School Liaison Committee. In addition, students will find opportunities to meet Section members and to attend Section CLEs and networking events. Click here for our membership brochure.