Environmental Law and Policy Hack Competition

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University introduces a student-centered environmental law and policy problem-solving competition. This competition will orient students toward the development of practicable environmental policy; encourage law students to collaborate with policy stakeholders, including from government and the community; catalyze the conceptualization and implementation of innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems; and further our commitment to advancing environmental protection.
Environmental Law & Policy Hack

General Information

  • Identifying the Challenge: Pulling from the expertise from our environmental faculty and in consultation with colleagues in the environmental field (an advisory council), Pace Environmental Law will identify an emerging environmental challenge that could benefit from innovative law and policy approaches; craft a challenge prompt, or problem, describing the issue and providing a framework for the development of law and policy solutions; and invite participants to study the issue, brainstorm solutions, and propose innovative and practical solutions. 
  • Selection and Implementation:  A panel of Pace faculty and possibly invited professionals with expertise relating to the challenge subject will select three team submissions as finalists.  A representative from each of the finalist teams will be invited to Pace, with travel paid, to present the team solution to a panel of distinguished judges, who will select the wining team solution.  All participating teams will be invited to attend the finalist presentations, which will also be available for remote viewing.  The winning team will receive a trophy and a cash prize, with the money to be put toward implementation of the team’s policy concept.

Team Registration

  • Building Teams: Law school teams are invited to submit proposed solutions to the challenge prompt.  
  •  Teams must include at least two current law students, may be interdisciplinary, and the participation of at least one community or government stakeholder is strongly encouraged. Each team must also have a law school faculty advisor as their team coach. 
  • Teams must Register by Tuesday, September 1, 2020. 

Team Submittals

  • Submitting Solutions: Submissions should evidence careful analytical study of the challenge, describe relevant legal background and considerations, propose a practicable law and policy solution, and include a path to implementation. All submissions will be posted to a competition web page with the goal of contributing to public thought on the selected issue.  The length and format of submissions are set out in the Official Rules. 

Oral Presentations

  • The final round will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020 in the Moot Court Room of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law. 

Donations

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