Professor Michael Pappas has been named the 2014 Pace Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar, an honor presented annually to a junior environmental law professor who exhibits scholarly excellence and promise. Pappas was recognized for articles published in the past year in the Florida State Law Review and (forthcoming) the Arizona Law Review as well as for his work advancing interdisciplinary teaching and research collaborations throughout the University System of Maryland and his election as 2014 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by members of Maryland Carey Law’s Student Bar Association.
The Pace award comes on the heels of the Top Professional Scholarship Award, which Professor Pappas won in November 2013 from the American Agricultural Law Association for “Escaping the Sporhase Maze: Protecting State Waters Within the Commerce Clause,” a paper he co-authored that was published in the Louisiana Law Review.
Each year environmental law faculty at Pace Law School solicit nominations from law professors nationally and select an award recipient from that pool. Once selected, Pace Award winners visit the law school to present their work.
Professor Pappas’s two recent articles recognized by the Pace faculty examine the interplay between property principles and environmental and natural resource laws. “Energy Versus Property,” from the Florida State Law Review, is an analysis of the legislative and judicial balance between private property rights and energy public policy, exploring both the roots of this property rights balance and its application to modern energy production, particularly renewable energy and hydraulic fracturing. In “Anti-Waste,” a forthcoming article in the Arizona Law Review, Pappas discusses how the law defines, manages and attempts to minimize “waste” and develops an analytical framework to assess the relevance of anti-waste laws in today’s society.