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SUNY-ESF Junior Wins Honor for Legal Essay


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) has won $1,000 for an essay he wrote for a university-wide competition.

Christopher Todd, an environmental studies major at ESF, won the Benjamin and David Scharps Prize, awarded annually in a competition for SUNY juniors who plan to attend law school.

Todd wrote an essay on a fictitious case titled, "Ecosave v. United States Forest Service." Competitors were instructed to assume the role of a U.S. District judge, decide the case, and write an opinion supporting their decision.

The case involved a non-profit environmental group that files a lawsuit aimed at blocking completion of a U.S. Forest Service road. The group wants to stop the project, and subsequent timber sale, because the forest is home to a previously unknown endangered species.

Essays were limited to 3,000 words. Todd's entry was reviewed by Robert W. Malmsheimer, an adjunct professor of natural resource law at ESF.

Todd resides in Syracuse, N.Y. He previously served five years in the U.S. Army. He attended Onondaga Community College and transferred to ESF in 1997. He plans on attending law school after earning his bachelor's degree. He is the son of Barbara and Gary Todd of Baldwinsville, N.Y.

In addition to the cash prize, Todd will receive a commemorative award.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Scharps Prize was established through the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn, in memory of her brothers, Benjamin and David Scharps.