Lillian S. Fisher Prize
in Environmental Law and Public Policy 
prize winners & papers

The Lillian S. Fisher Prize in Environmental Law and Public Policy 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 Udall Center publishes selected papers in its monograph series. 

Caylin J. Goldey Barter*

Edwin Slade 
Maya Abela & Jacob Campbell
no award

Lise J. Johnson

no award

Yakini Shakir

Peter W. Culp*

Rebecca H. Carter
Anne N. Christensen 
* denotes winners with monographs published by the Udall Center (see below). 
Defining the necessary role and appropriate level of risk in helicopter-accessed wilderness skiing
by Caylin J. Goldey Barter
Winner of the 2013 Fisher Prize

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."

2013 | 19 p.

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 Fisher Prize

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).

2010 | 18 p.

Incorporating flexibility into conservation easements

by Aaron Citron
Winner of the 2007 Fisher Prize

Investigates the legal and practical notion of flexibility in the application of conservation easements, including being able to account for future scientific and cultural changes without sacrificing inherent conservation values.

2008 | 53 p.

Protecting the fish and eating them, too: Impacts of the Endangered Species Act on tribal water use

by Lauren Lester
Winner of the 2005 Fisher Prize

Discusses tribal water rights and the intersection of critical habitat designation and the development of consumptive water use on reservation lands, and recommends ways to protect both species habitat and tribal sovereignty.

2006 | 47 p.

Saving the Sierra: Alternative mechanisms for conserving northern Mexico's last wild places

by Mich Coker
Winner of the 2002 Fisher Prize

Examines such alternative conservation mechanisms as  conservation easements, transnational corporations as environmental allies, enforcement of relevant international obligations, and outright purchase of biologically rich regions.

2002 | 21 p.

Feasibility of purchase and transfer of water for instream flow in the Colorado River delta, Mexico

by Peter W. Culp
Winner of the 2000 Fisher Prize

Provides an overview of the legal regime that governs Colorado River water allocation and asserts that voluntary purchases and transfers of water provide a simple means to assure a reliable water supply for the delta.

2000 | 74 p.

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 Fisher Prize

Examines the provisions of free trade agreements (i.e., GATT and NAFTA) that were intended to further safeguard the health and well-being of workers and the environment.

1999 | 19 p.

Protecting America's wilderness heritage: Reclaiming our wild public land from sacrifice to off-road vehicle use

by Jeremy Lite
Winner of the 1999 Fisher Prize

Examines the laws and regulations governing the designation of off-road vehicle-use areas on public lands, focusing on how the courts have interpreted various requirements.

1999 | 40 p.
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