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Wayne Law Student Third-Place Recipient in Environmental Law Essay Contest

September 23, 2008

DETROIT (Sept. 22, 2008) - Wayne State University Law School congratulates third-year student Jim Roush on his recent third-place finish in the State Bar of Michigan’s 7th Annual Environmental Law Essay Contest. The annual contest, sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, provides students with the opportunity to express their interest in today’s environmental law issues.

“I would like to congratulate Jim on a remarkable accomplishment,” said Wayne Law Dean and Professor of Law Robert M. Ackerman. “He has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a law student and is a great example of the caliber of students enrolled here at Wayne Law.”

Roush, who earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 2005 and currently serves as the president of the Wayne Law Environmental Society, entered the contest primarily due to his interest in environmental law and the potential exposure it would yield in the field, such as being published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal

“I thought this contest would be a great opportunity for me to explore a subject of great interest to me,” said Roush, whose long-term career goal is to specialize in climate change law. “At the award dinner I both learned about some recent developments in Michigan environmental law and had a great time meeting a large number of environmental practitioners. I’m really looking forward to working in the field.”

Roush’s essay looked at the recent federal ban on incandescent light bulbs. Specifically, it examined the relevant precedent for such a ban, discussed possible justifications for the ban, and suggested changes to improve the law.

According to the State Bar of Michigan, contestants were critiqued on their originality, quality of research, clarity of style, organization and practicality. For questions regarding contest rules and next year’s contest, log onto www.michbar.org/environment/essay.cfm.

About Wayne State University Law School
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.