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University of Tennessee College of Law Student Wins 2019 Hastings Writing Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section has announced Virginia Whitener, a student at the University of Tennessee School of Law, as the winner of the 2019 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. This writing competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section in memory of Jon E. Hastings, one of the section's founding members. Whitener’s paper, "Protecting the Jefferson National Forest Against the Mountain Valley Pipeline," addresses a controversial interstate natural gas pipeline that would cross 83 acres of the Jefferson National Forest.
 
The annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. You can read the essay here.
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Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association is sponsoring an Annual Writing Competition, titled the Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award, in memory of one of its outstanding founding members.  
 
$1,200 CASH PRIZE POOL
 
ENTRIES DUE APRIL 1, 2019
 
This is a juried award selection for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law.
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Law Students enrolled in a Tennessee law school in 2018 or 2019.
 
WHAT?
Law students who comply with these criteria may submit an entry in accordance with the Rules of Competition. The Rules of Competition are available from Environmental Law professors or may be obtained by sending an email to Jarod Word at the Tennessee Bar Association, jword@tnbar.org.
 
WHY?
One of the primary purposes of the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association is to improve environmental compliance in Tennessee. We accomplish this goal through a number of means, including assisting our members to stay current on issues and promoting a dialogue on substantive environmental law topics.  
 
The Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition has several goals including the following:
 
A. To improve the understanding of environmental law in Tennessee through the publication of scholarly articles on pertinent and timely environmental law topics;
 
B. To strengthen the relationship among environmental law professors, environmental law students and environmental practitioners in Tennessee;
 
C. To recognize Jon E. Hastings, a founding member of the Tennessee Environmental Law Section, for his contributions to the body of environmental law in the State of Tennessee.  
 
To accomplish these goals, the Environmental Law Section is pleased to extend an opportunity to law students to participate in a writing competition.  The winning entry or entries will be published in the Newsletter of the Environmental Law Section.
 
This competition will be judged by a panel of environmental law practitioners, members of the judiciary, and/or professors selected by the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.
 
The Award Winning paper(s) must be released from copyright or other restrictions for the purpose of publication in the Newsletter.
 
BACKGROUND
Jon E. Hastings was a founding member of the Environmental Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and an attorney with Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC, who passed away at the young age of 45 on Aug. 22, 2004 after a two-year battle with cancer.  Jon was a proud member of the Environmental Law Section and an outstanding lawyer in the fields of environmental, telecommunications, and public utility law.  Jon was listed in the 2003 - 2004 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" and found the energy to devote time on behalf of numerous philanthropic causes and civic groups. 
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