Fellowships & Awards
ELQ has a long-standing tradition of awarding summer fellowships, up to $3,000, to allow law students the opportunity to apply their legal training to solving some of the world's most pressing environmental issues. This fellowship is awarded to a first-year law student who has a commitment to public service, secured a summer position working with a public sector or public interest environmental organization, and fulfills the 25-hour public service requirement to qualify for a Boalt Hall Summer Fellowship.
Barry S. Sandals was a partner at Morrison & Foerster and a graduate of Boalt Hall. Mr. Sandals was well known in the Bay Area as one of the nation's top CERCLA litigators. This fellowship in his name is funded though a grant from the Morrison Foerster Foundation. This fellowship is awarded to a second-year law student, based on a vote by the ELQ general membership, who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing public interest and/or public sector environmental law employment and retained employment in an environmental public interest or public sector position for the summer.
Professor Sax retired in 2001 as James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation after teaching at Boalt since 1986. In recognition of Professor Sax's great accomplishments as an academic, practitioner, mentor, and friend, ELQ dedicated a fellowship in his honor. All eligible 2Ls who do not receive the Sandals Fellowship and who secure employment in an environmental public interest or public sector position will be guaranteed an award from this funding pool. An $8,000 fund will be distributed according to a variety of criteria.
The Ellis J. Harmon Prize is awarded to the student who submits the most accomplished research paper on a topic in Environmental Law and Policy each school year. The winner receives $2,000, will be noted on the Harmon Prize plaque in the ELQ office, and will be recognized at graduation. The Harmon Prize Competition is open to any currently enrolled student at Boalt, including LLM & JSP students, visiting students and Harvard Exchange students. Graduate students who are associated with other departments, and are not law students, are ineligible.
The Alvin & Sadie Landis Prizes were established in honor of the Donor's father-in-law who specialized in the areas of Water Law and Government Law. Each year Prizes are awarded to the student(s) who, in the judgment of the Dean, have written the most accomplished research papers in Water Law and in Government Law. The winner of each award shall receive $500 and will be recognized at graduation. The Landis Prize Competition is open to any currently enrolled student at Boalt, including LLM & JSP students, visiting students and Harvard Exchange students. Graduate students who are associated with other departments, and are not law students, are ineligible.