Haekyong Min Announced as Winner of IEL’s 2024 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition

The Institute for Energy Law (IEL), a division of The Center for American and International Law, recognized Haekyong Min (University of Houston Law Center) as the winner of its 2024 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition, with her submission, “Don't Worry, the CFTC Can Tame the Voluntary Carbon Market Without Overstepping Its Boundary.” The paper will be published in the Institute for Energy Law’s Proceedings of the 75th Annual Institute on Energy Law. Min received a $2,500 prize for winning the competition.

The IEL’s Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition, held annually, is open to law students worldwide pursuing their first law degree. This year’s theme, Energy Development, invited discussions on a wide range of topics, including oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy regulation, and the environmental regulation of energy industries. The Hartrick Scholar Judging Committee chose the winning paper after two rounds of judging.

IEL co-director Vickie Adams remarked on the selection, “Haekyong’s paper was well-received, scoring exceptionally well across the board with all of our judges. Her insightful analysis and clear articulation set a high standard for the competition.”
Min is a third-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center, where she serves as the Publications & Marketing Editor for the Houston Law Review and Vice President of The Energy & Environmental Law Society. She holds bachelor's degrees in international studies and Spanish language and literature.
Other finalists this year included:

  • Da'Lisha Kirk (University of Tulsa College of Law) with the paper "Scheming Off The Top: The Withdrawal and Resubmission Method."
  • Madison Plumhoff (University of Tulsa College of Law) with the paper "The 'Solar Coaster' - The Impact Countervailing Duty Order Implementation Has on the Solar Energy Industry in the United States."
  • Phil Reens (Georgetown University Law Center) with the paper "The Trade Implications of Clean Hydrogen Regimes."
  • Sydney Blitchok Shaw (Notre Dame Law School) with the paper "Green Energy Versus Clean Water: Why Biden Can Only Keep One in Superior National Forest."

For additional details about the Institute for Energy Law or the Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition, please contact IEL Director Vickie Adams at vadams@cailaw.org.


About the Institute for Energy Law - The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) was founded in Dallas in 1959 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, an international nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. IEL provides lawyers and other professionals in the energy industry with exceptional academic and professional opportunities, including annual conferences, courses, seminars, scholarly publications, and membership activities. As one of the energy industry's premier membership organizations, IEL counts many leading global energy companies and attorneys among its international members. Learn more about IEL by visiting cailaw.org/IEL.

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