Kyle Robisch ’14 won two writing awards in his third year at Vanderbilt Law. Robisch took first prize in the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 2014 Student Writing Competition on Public Land and Policy. His winning paper, “The NEPA Implied Exemption Doctrine: How a Novel and Creeping Common Law Exemption Threatens to Undermine the National Environmental Policy Act’s Application to Public Lands and Civil Works,” started as a research project supervised by Professor J.B. Ruhl, who co-directs Vanderbilt’s Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Robisch received an award of $1,000 along with an invitation to the ABA’s Special Institute on Public Land Law, Regulation and Management.
Robisch also received first prize in the California Bar Association’s Criminal Law Student Writing Competition for his paper “Keeping the Peace and the Constitution: Balancing Community Caregiving Searches and the Fourth Amendment.” He received an award of $1,500, and his paper will be published in the CBA’s California Criminal Law Journal in fall 2014.
Robisch is now serving a two-year clerkship with Judge George K. Sharp of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for 2014–16.