Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition
39th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition
The Planning and Law Division is pleased to announce the winners of its 39th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition.
"Fighting Fire with Fire: How NEPA's Emphasis on Risk Prevents Prescribed Burns and Intensifies Wildfire"
Jane Richardson Jacoby, Yale Law School (JD 2024) and Yale School of the Environment
"Stop Liening on Poor Homeowners: The Predatory Process of the Baltimore Tax Lien Sale"
Brendan Duff-Simon, The University of Baltimore School of Law (JD 2022)
"Home Sweet Hotel: Opportunities and Challenges for Repurposing Distressed Hotels into Affordable Housing"
Meredith Elkin, Georgia State University College of Law (2023)
"Climate Justice in Coastal Communities' Adaptation Plans for Sea Level Rise"
Tyler Demetriou, University of Virginia School of Law (JD 2022)
"Political Gentrification: The Legal Basis and Race-Based Implications of the Georgia Cityhood Movement"
Patrice Ruffin, Georgia State University College of Law (JD 2021)
"Amplifying the Rural Duty to Serve: Sustainably Resolving the USDA Section 515 Maturing Mortgage Crisis"
Robert Neel, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (JD 2022)
"Community Claim of Right"
Jennifer Aronsohn, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (JD 2021)
"Charter Schools and Zoning: Adapting Local Zoning Regulations to Recognize Now Common, but Untraditional, Educational Paradigms"
Parth Parikh, Notre Dame Law School (JD 2021)
"Then and Now: Pestilence, Police Power, and Private Property"
Saul Richardson, Mississippi College: School of Law (JD 2021)
"Benefit or Burden? Assessing Historic Landmark Designations of Religious Buildings Under RLUIPA"
Jeff Miles, University of North Carolina School of Law (JD 2019)
"A Tale of Two Portlands: How Port Cities Can Survive Dormant Commerce Clause Challenges to Fossil Fuel Shipping Restrictions."
Kayla M. Race, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (JD 2020)
"Ripples in the Pond: United States Supreme Court Decision Impact Predictions v. Reality"
Bethany Ring, Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law (JD 2020)
"Legally Enabling a Modern-Day Mayberry: A Legal Analysis of Form-Based Codes"
Andrew Bauman, Saint Louis University Law School (JD 2018)
"Conservation Easements & Adaptation: Considering a Climate Lens"
Emma Akrawi, Vermont Law School (JD 2019)
"Murr v. Wisconsin: When State and Local Land Use Regulation Becomes Takings"
Alyssa Bruns, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (JD 2019)
"Withholding Municipal Services to Facilitate Coastal Retreat: Legal Risks and Possibilities"
Matthew Scarano, Columbia Law School (JD 2017)
"Preservation and Progress: An Argument in Favor of Transferable Development Rights"
Todd Michael Hirsch, Boston University School of Law with a JD and an LLM in taxation (JD 2017)
"The Benefits and Implications of Developing Tiny Home Communities"
Monique M. Trammell, Gonzaga University School of Law (JD 2017)
"Inclusionary Zoning as a 'Taking'"
Jai Keep-Barnes, University of Hawaii at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law (JD 2017)
"Through-Running and Regional Transit in New York: An Analysis of Legal Structures and Approaches"
David G. Ullman, Columbia Law School and Harvard Kennedy School (JD 2016)
"The Relevant Parcel Question of Murr v. Wisconsin"
Jesse Nainoa Watson, University of Hawaii at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law (JD 2017)
"Land Use Planning - A Pragmatic Proposition: Regionally Planned Coastal TDRs in Light of Rising Seas"
Daniel DePasquale, Western New England University School of Law (JD 2016)
"Location, Location, Mis-Location: How Local Land-Use Restrictions are Dulling Halfway Housing's Criminal Rehabilitation Potential"
Matthew J. McGowan, Texas A&M University School of Law (JD 2015)
"From the Packard Plant to the Pea Patch: Legal Dimensions of the Revitalization of Detroit Through Urban Agriculture"
Roni A. Elias, Florida A&M University College of Law (JD 2015)
After careful consideration, the Planning and Law Division did not award a prize for this year's Smith Babcock Williams Writing Competition. PLD received fewer entries this year after advertising the competition in the same way it had for many years. While grateful to those students who submitted entries, unfortunately none of these entries rose to the quality of past competition winners, and none meritited a financial prize or publication in the Urban Lawyer.
"Coastal TDRs and Takings in a Changing Climate"
Nicholas R. Williams, New York University School of Law (JD 2013)
"A Hen in the Parlor: Municipal Control and Enforcement of Residential Chicken Coops"
Chris Erchull Western New England University School of Law (JD 2014)
"Transboundary Deposition of Naturally Occurring Asbestos from the United States into Canada: A Case Study and Analysis of Possible Legal Responses"
Douglas Naftz, University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law (JD 2014)
"Buoying Environmental Burdens in Bankruptcy Floodwaters"
Sarah Schenck,University of Minnesota Law School (JD 2014)
"Implementing Form-Based Zoning to Overcome Exclusionary Zoning and Local Opposition to Affordable Housing"
David A. Lewis, Georgetown University Law Center (JD 2012)
"Valid Regulation of Land-Use or an Out-and-Out Plan of Extortion? Commentary on St. Johns River Water Mgmt. Dist. V. Koontz"
Catherine Hall, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law (JD 2013).
"The Public Trust Doctrine And Sea Level Rise In California: Using The Public Trust to Prohibit Coastal Armoring"
Chloe Angelis,University of California Hastings, College of the Law (JD 2013)
"Reclaiming the Authentic Future: The Role of Redevelopment in Unincorporated California"
Tony LoPresti, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (JD 2012)
"We're Too Good for Chain Restaurants: How Towns with Upscale Community Character Can Survive Dormant Commerce Clause Challenges to Formula Restaurant Bans"
Kevin Hilgers, University of Baltimore School of Law (JD 2012)
"Weak Foundations: Stop the Beach Renourishment and Justice Scalia's Inconsistent Takings Jurisprudence"
Stuart L. Pratt, University of North Carolina School of Law (JD 2011)
"Sustainable Procurement is Smart Procurement: A Primer for Local Governments to Successfully Implement Sustainable Procurement Policies,"
Zachary Kobrin, Florida State University College of Law (JD 2011)
"The Constitutionality of Community Benefits Agreements: Addressing the Exactions Problem,"
Michael L. Nadler, New York University School of Law (JD 2011)
"Smokey Bear in Your Backyard: Wildfires and Federal Land Use Planning on Private Property"
Joshua R. Cepluch, Vanderbilt University Law School (JD 2011)
"Symbolic Gestures or Our Saving Grace: The Relevance of Compensatory Mitigation for Florida's Wetlands in the Climate Change Era"
Bonnie A. Malloy, Florida State University College of Law (JD 2010)
"Getting an 'Act of Congress' — De Facto Federalization of the ACF River Basin"
Kristy Sweat, Florida State University College of Law (JD 2010)
"Restitution, Eminent Domain, and Economic Development: Moving to a Gains-Based Conception of the Takings Clause"
Matthew Cory Williams, New York University Law School (JD 2008)
"Extinguishing Non-Conformities: Amortization and the Constitutional Methodology for Terminating Non-Conforming Uses"
Joseph Michaels, University of Iowa College of Law (JD 2008)
"An Analysis of Eminent Domain Reacquisition Statutes and Recommendations for Effective Statute Modification and Drafting"
Jennifer L. Verleger, Michigan State University College of Law (JD 2008)
"Global Warming and the Future of the California Environmental Quality Act: Suggestions for Lead Agencies and Policymakers"
Winston Stromberg, Loyola Law School Los Angeles (JD 2008)
"Constructing the Special Theater Subdistrict: Culture, Politics, and Economics in the Creation of Transferable Development Rights"
Michael Kruse, New York University School of Law (JD 2007)
"Broadened Notions of Historic Preservation and the Role of Neighborhood Conservation Districts"
Adam Lovelady, University of Virginia School of Law (JD 2008)
"Powerful Tool or Insurmountable Obstacle: The Relationship Between Eminent Domain and the Affordable Housing Crisis"
Emily Stubbs, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (JD 2008)
"Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation Easement Donations: A Review of New Reforms Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006"
Melaina Jobs, University of Connecticut School of Law (JD 2008)
"Productive Preservation and the Reinvention of Industrial America"
Jonathan H. Flynn, Georgetown University Law Center
"Balancing Community Needs and Individual Property Rights Post-Kelo: A State Legislature's Guide to Drafting Urban Planning-Based Statutes"
Rachel D. Jaffe, Temple University Beasley School of Law (JD 2006)
"Unplanned Change, Challenging Tradition in Land Use Controls: The Case of New Haven's Planned Development District"
Shruti Ravikumar, Yale Law School
"The Legalities of Stream Interventions: Accretive Changes to New York State's Riparian Doctrine Ahead?"
Danielle Sibener Pensley, Cornell Law School
"Urban Height Restrictions Without Law: A Philadelphia Story"
Benjamin M. Gerber, Harvard Law School
"Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions ... on Free Speech? First Amendment Rights in Common-Interest Communities"
Adrienne Iwamoto Suarez, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii
"Subordinate or Fundamental Rights in Property? Special Benefits and Givings Recapture in Determining Just Compensation"
Larissa N. Schwartz, William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii
"Cutting Through the Clause: The Land Use Planning Impacts of Moving 'Partial Takings' from Political Theory to Legal Reality"
George Homsy, Cornell University, Department of City & Regional Planning
"Planning for Biodiversity Protection: Policy Lessons from Regional Planning for Affordable Housing"
Rebecca C. Retzlaff, Urban Planning and Policy Program, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Narrowing the Public Use Doctrine: State Courts Take Back the Takings Clause"
Malia Emerson Schreck, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Preservation of Historic Properties' Environs: American & French Approaches"
Francois Quintard-Morenas, Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (2003)
"Inner-Ring Suburbs and 'Economic Blight': Should Economic Rationales Alone be Enough to Justify Use of Eminent Domain as a Means of Urban Redevelopment?"
Michael Graham, Cleveland State University, JD/MUPDD (2004)
"Effective Land Use Policy and Legislation in China: The Key to the Future of Urban Development of the World's Most Populous Nation"
Ezekiel A. Kaufman, Washington University School of Law, JD (2003)