Sixth Annual SRP Sustainability Conference
of American Legal Educators

Call for Entries
Morrison Prize Contest

The deadline for submitting papers is December 31, 2020

Arizona State University’s Program on Law and Sustainability is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Morrison Prize Contest.

The Morrison Prize is a $10,000 award presented annually to the author(s) of the most impactful sustainability-related legal academic paper published in North America during the previous year. The prize winner(s) will present the winning paper in a plenary session at the Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators on May 14, 2021, which will be held at the Beus Center for Law and Society located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus

Eligibility Requirements:

The Morrison Prize contest is open to full-time law professors who have published environmental sustainability-related papers in printed U.S. or Canadian legal academic journals during the contest period. The contest is not open to students. All papers appearing in a qualifying journal’s final 2019 issue or in an issue printed and circulated prior to November 15, 2020, fall within the 2021 contest period. Works-in-progress and papers that are not published in print form before the deadline are not eligible. Papers focused on topics in environmental law, water law, energy law, natural resources law, land use law, disaster law, climate change law, or agricultural law meet the subject matter requirements for eligibility.

Judging Process and Criteria:

The Morrison Prize seeks to recognize the paper published within the eligibility period that is likely to have the most significant positive long-term impact on the advancement of the environmental sustainability movement. All eligible papers entered into the prize contest will undergo independent review and scoring by a diverse group of full-time law professors who teach in environmental sustainability-related areas at four different accredited North American law schools.

The contest scoring system focuses primarily on a paper’s quality and originality of analysis (20%) and potential for real-world impact on policy developments directly related to environmental sustainability goals (80%).

ASU Law will announce the 2020 Morrison Prize winner in February. The winner must present the winning paper at the May 2020 Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators to claim the cash prize.

How to Enter:

To enter the 2020 Morrison Prize contest, mail a cover letter and five (5) offprints of your qualifying paper to:

Josh Abbott
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street, Mail Code 9520
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467

Entries postmarked by the deadline will be accepted. Nominations of colleagues’ or peers’ articles are welcome but must include five (5) offprints. For any questions regarding the contest, please contact Josh Abbott at 480-965-2465 or

Program on Law and Sustainability