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College of Law student wins first place in statewide essay contest

August 30, 2013

Third-year Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student Lynsey R. Johnson won first place in the 22nd Annual Louisiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Essay Contest.

Johnson walked away with $2,000 in the contest, which was open to all juris doctor candidates and was sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association Section on Environmental Law.

Students were asked to address specific substantive issues or problems arising under Louisiana or Federal environmental law. Johnson’s entry “Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States: Dam If You Do, Dam If You Don’t,” discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision and concluded that the court developed an appropriate rule, but misapplied that rule to the facts of the case.

According to Johnson, the court’s decision has far-reaching ramifications for floodplain management, disaster response and recovery as well as climate change and the government’s decision-making processes.

Prior to law school, Johnson worked for the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management as the state's disaster response and recovery planner. She is also a certified floodplain manager as designated by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Following graduation, Johnson hopes to work in Washington, D.C., on environmental law issues, specifically those issues dealing with disaster law and floodplain problems.

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