Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition

The prize winners in the 32nd annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition are:

1st Prize

Daniel DePasquale, Western New England University School of Law, Class of 2016 for:"Land Use Planning - A Pragmatic Proposition: Regionally Planned Coastal TDRs in Light of Rising Seas."

2nd Prize

Matthew J. McGowan, Texas A&M University School of Law, Class of 2015, for:"Location, Location, Mis-Location: How Local Land-Use Restrictions are Dulling Halfway Housing's Criminal Rehabilitation Potential."

Honorable Mention

Roni A. Elias, Florida A&M University College of Law, Class of December 2015, for:"From the Packard Plant to the Pea Patch: Legal Dimensions of the Revitalization of Detroit Through Urban Agriculture."

About the Competition

'The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its 32nd Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. The Competition, which honors the memory of three leading figures in American city planning law (R. Marlin Smith, Richard Babcock, and Norman Williams) is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law, or environmental law.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law. The Second Place paper will receive a prize of $400, and one Honorable Mention prize of $100 will be awarded as well.

Previous Winners

Writing Competition Winners