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University of Arizona Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Awarded by the
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
with support from the
James E. Rogers College of Law
About the Fisher Prize The Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy was established through an initial endowment by former Pima County Superior Court Judge Lillian S. Fisher (see Arizona Daily Star feature article about Judge Fisher here).

The award is presented annually by the Udall Center to a student in the UA James E. Rogers College of Law or to a UA graduate student studying law and public policy for an essay addressing an environmental law or public policy topic. The competition is judged each year by faculty in the law college. A list of Fisher Prize winners appears below.
 
Papers
published by the Udall Center

The Udall Center publishes selected prize-winning papers in its monograph series.
 
heliskiing risk

DEFINING THE NECESSARY ROLE AND APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF RISK IN HELICOPTER-ACCESSED WILDERNESS SKIING

by Caylin J. Goldey Barter
Winner of the 2013 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2013

Explores the idea of and need to protect wilderness, the role and mitigation of risk in wilderness recreation, focusing on heliskiing, and the tension between regulation, economics, safety, and the "wilderness experience."

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e-waste E-WASTED TIME: THE HAZARDOUS LAG IN COMPREHENSIVE REGULATION OF THE ELECTRONICS RECYCLING INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES

by Maya Abela and Jacob Campbell
Winners of the 2009 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2010

Evaluates various state and federal regulations of electronic waste (e-waste), and presents two case studies (in Tucson, Ariz. and along the U.S.-Mexico border).

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conservation easements INCORPORATING FLEXIBILITY INTO CONSERVATION EASEMENTS

by Aaron Citron
Winner of the 2007 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2008

Investigates the legal and practical notion of flexibility in the application, of conservation easements, and summarizes the mechanisms available to incorporate appropriate amounts of flexibility to account for future scientific and cultural changes without sacrificing inherent conservation values.

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protecting fish

PROTECTING THE FISH AND EATING THEM, TOO: IMPACTS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT ON TRIBAL WATER USE

by Lauren Lester
Winner of the 2005 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2006

Provides a general overview of tribal water rights, discusses the intersection of critical habitat designation and the development of consumptive water use on reservation lands, and sets out recommendations for protecting both species habitat and tribal sovereignty.

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saving sierra madre SAVING THE SIERRA: ALTERNATIVE MECHANISMS FOR CONSERVING NORTHERN MEXICO'S LAST WILD PLACES

by Mich Coker
Winner of the 2002 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2002

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colorado delta FEASIBILITY OF PURCHASE AND TRANSFER OF WATER FOR INSTREAM FLOW IN THE COLORADO RIVER DELTA, MEXICO

by Peter W. Culp
Winner of the 2000 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 2000

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circle of poison THE "CIRCLE OF POISON" REMAINS UNBROKEN: PESTICIDE POISONING IN NORTHERN SONORA, MEXICO, DURING THE ERA OF FREE TRADE

by Rebecca Carter
Winner of the 1999 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 1999

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wilderness heritage

PROTECTING AMERICA'S WILDERNESS HERITAGE: RECLAIMING OUR WILD PUBLIC LANDS FROM SACRIFICE TO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USE

by Jeremy Lite
Winner of the 1999 Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy

Udall Center Publications, 1999

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Papers published elsewhere Several of the Fisher Prize winners have published their papers in scholarly journals or elsewhere.


Losi, Christopher J.
2012. Keeping dry streams green: Can landowners in Arizona and California use property rights to maintain groundwater-dependent riparian habitat along non-perennial watercourses? ExpressO (18 Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 121, 2012) link

Marder, Meredith K.
2009. The battle to save the Verde: How Arizona’s water law could destroy one of its last free-flowing rivers. Arizona Law Review 51: 175-210. link

Neeley, Jenny L. 2011. Over the line: Homeland Security’s unconstitutional authority to waive all legal requirements for the purpose of building border infrastructure. Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, 1(2). link

Wagner, Raina. 2012. Adapting environmental justice: In the age of climate change, environmental justice demands a combined adaptation-mitigation response. Arizona Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 2(2). link
 
Fisher Prize Winners, 1997-2013 2013: Caylin J. Goldey Barter,* J.D. (2013)

2012: Edwin Slade, J.D. (2012) | Raina Wagner, J.D. (2012)

2011: Christopher J. Losi, J.D. (2011) | Bethany Sullivan, J.D. (2011)

2010: Jenny Neeley, J.D. (2010)

2009: Maya Abela,* J.D. (2009) and Jacob Campbell* (Anthropology) | Meredith Marder, J.D. (2009) | Nathan Mee, J.D. (2009)

2008: Gina Cornelio, J.D. (2009)| Maya Abela, J.D. (2009)

2007: Aaron Citron,* J.D. (2007)

2006: no award

2005: Lauren Whattam Lester,* J.D. (2005)

2004: Lise J. Johnson, J.D. (2004)

2003: no award

2002: A. Kate Bouchee, J.D. (2002) | Mich Coker,* J.D. (2002)

2001: Christopher J. Basilevac, J.D. (2001) | Yakini Shakir, J.D. (2001)

2000: Peter W. Culp*, J.D. (2001)

1999: Rebecca H. Carter,* Ph.D, Anthropology (2002) | Jeremy A. Lite,* J.D. (2000)

1998: C. Bradley Vynalek, J.D. (1999)

1997: Anne N. Christensen, J.D. (1998) | Tracey D. Zobenica, J.D. (1997)

* denotes winners with papers published by the Udall Center (see section above).
 
For more information

Contact:

Jenny Neeley
Environmental Policy Program Coordinator
Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
The University of Arizona
jlneeley@email.arizona.edu | 520.626.4393

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