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Chris Erchull Receives Prestigious Award

Posted Sunday, September 8, 2013

Chris Erchull, a third-year law student at Western New England University, was selected as the second prize winner in the prestigious 30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. His entry, “A Hen in the Parlor: Municipal Control and Enforcement of Residential Chicken Coops,” surveys various regulatory approaches taken by cities and towns to control backyard chicken coops with a focus on how regulation can encourage the beneficial aspects of the activity while mitigating its potential harmful impact. The honor includes a $500 prize.

chris_erchulljpgErchull wrote the paper for his Spring 2013 Advanced Environmental Law class taught by Associate Professor of Law Julie Steiner. “Chris’ paper exemplifies the best in student scholarship. It is a thoughtful, well articulated piece that will inform practitioners and policymakers about particular trends in backyard chicken coop regulation, and it offers an insightful critique of the different approaches,” remarked Steiner.

In addition, Erchull has authored one forthcoming and one prior publication. His article entitled “The Dormant Commerce Clause: A Constitutional Barrier to Sustainable Agriculture and the Local Food Movement,” was selected for publication in the 2014 edition of the Western New England University Law Review and his article entitled “Examining the CWA Agricultural Exemption,” was published in the Winter 2013 edition of the ABA Natural Resource and the Environment Magazine. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Law Review and is an active member, and formerly served as the President, of the Environmental Law Coalition.

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