Suffolk Law School second-year student Cody Friesz was chosen as one of the winners of the student writing competition at the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) 2014 Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Friesz' paper was titled “Public Participation and Environmental Sustainability: Encouraging a Culture of Corporate Responsibility for North America.” Friesz and the other student writing competition winters were invited to attend the workshop free of charge and present to the academics, students and practicing lawyers. Read a pdf of the paper.

Suffolk Law School is the newest member of NACLE, and this was the first time Suffolk participated in the biennial workshop, which was held at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in March 2014. The topic was "Re-Energizing North America: Pipelines and Policy."

Two other Suffolk Law students presented papers and participated on a panel through the NACLE-CEC research partnership, a public policy project involving professors from some NACLE schools (including Suffolk Law) and the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Second-year students Heather Duffy and Kailey-Lynn Theriault joined professors, law students and CEC legal counsel on the panel.

Duffy’s presentation was on “Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on U.S. Beef Production and Legal Restraints to Disclosure.” Theriault presented on “A Layered Approach to Regulating and Preserving Fresh Water.”

The papers were completed as part of Professor Elizabeth Trujillo's class on Trends in International Law and Sustainable Development, offered for the first time this past fall.

NACLE is comprised of 13 participating law schools in Canada, Mexico and the United States. It was created in 1998 through grants provided by the participating countries to promote and share understanding of the legal systems within North American countries.

For more on Suffolk Law's involvement with NACLE, including how to study abroad at a NACLE-member school, visit our NACLE webpage.