EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient and Chesapeake, VA native Logan Leftwich is in his third year at Appalachian School of Law (ASL) in Grundy, VA.

Leftwich says he began exploring natural resource law when he joined the Energy and Mineral Law Society and Environmental Law Society (EMLS/ELS) at ASL, which prompted him to sign up for the Natural Resources section of Appellate Advocacy.

“In this class we received a legal issue regarding conservation easements impacted by a golf course,” Leftwich said. “We were required to write an appellate brief for the appellant and then the appellee, and at the end of the semester we presented our argument in an intra-school moot court competition before three judges. This has been one of my favorite courses at ASL. I loved the practical experience of brief writing and presenting my argument in front of a panel of judges, in addition to diving into the law regarding conservation easements.”

Leftwich was recommended to the Scholarship Committee by ASL Professor Mark Belleville.

“Mr. Leftwich is an extremely engaging and professional young man. He is the president of ASL’s Student Bar Association, showing that has earned the respect and admiration of his peers,” Belleville said. “Equally important, he has earned the respect of the ASL faculty. He is not intimidated by interacting with faculty or experienced professionals (or at least he does not show it). He is mature beyond his years, and understands concepts of respect and tact and diplomacy. Mr. Leftwich is a quality writer and oral advocate. He comes to class prepared, and actively engages in class discussions. I am confident he will continue to excel in law school, will pass the Bar, and will make a very good attorney.”

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