Tolata 1996 Essay Contest
Lucia completed her pupillage at 1 King’s Bench Walk under the supervision of Madeleine Reardon, Alexander Chandler and Nicholas Anderson. Prior to joining 1 King’s Bench Walk she was a solicitor in the litigation and arbitration department at Linklaters LLP, and in the family and child care department at a family firm, undertaking her own advocacy.
Lucia practises in all areas of family law.
Private Law Children – Lucia regularly acts in all areas of private law children work involving applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders. She has experience in complex cases, for example involving parental alienation or the Local Authority, including cases in which a Guardian has been appointed. During pupillage she also gained experience of international and domestic relocation proceedings.
Finance & Divorce – Lucia practises in all aspects of family finance, including applications pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 or TOLATA 1996, and enforcement proceedings.
Public Law Children – Lucia is available to act in public law children proceedings, for Local Authorities, parents, Guardians and extended family members. She was previously employed by a Local Authority, both in the public health department (children and families team) and to work alongside children’s services in a research role.
Child Abduction – During her pupillage, Lucia was involved in all stages of child abduction cases in the High Court, from ex parte applications to contested final hearings.
Domestic Violence & Injunctions – Lucia has experience of acting in all stages of Family Law Act proceedings. She has experience of urgent, without notice applications and has acted in cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence and abuse.
- University College London: Master of Laws (LLM) specialising in family and child law, public law and human rights, Distinction
- University of Law, Moorgate: Legal Practice Course, Distinction
- City Law School, London: Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction
- King’s College London: BA History, First Class Honours
- King’s College London: Associate of King’s College – Ethics and Theology (AKC), Distinction
Scholarships and Prizes
- Gray’s Inn: Mould Scholarship (senior scholarship for pupils of exceptional merit); Lee Essay Prize
- UCL: Master of the Rolls Scholarship; Finalist in LLM mooting competition
- KCL: First Leathes Prize for highest score in AKC
- Member of the Family Law Bar Association
- Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
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Aldo Leopold is best known for writing A Sand County Almanac (1949), in which he articulates his vision of a “land ethic” – that people come to “see land as a community to which we belong” and learn to “live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”
As a work of great literature, A Sand County Almanac powerfully reshapes our understanding of the relationship between people and land. The Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest uses Leopold’s ideas to inspire students to participate in the evolution of the land ethic through the written word.
Each year students in grades 9 through 12, in public, private, and home schools in Wisconsin are invited to consider a writing prompt or question and create an essay response in 500 words.
Three winning essays are chosen from each category (9th-10th grade and 11th-12th grade). Winning essays are featured on the Aldo Leopold Foundation website and may be printed in The Leopold Outlook magazine. Winners also receive a cash award, a copy of A Sand County Almanac, and memberships to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, International Crane Foundation, and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. An awards ceremony will take place at the Leopold Center in Baraboo, WI on Saturday, May 19.
2018 Writing Contest Topic
Students are encouraged to read and reference the “Foreword” and other essays from Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac in their responses.
Aldo Leopold loved the land and its wildness. Describe a place in nature that you love.
Why is it wild to you?
Entries are due by March 23, 2018.
Entries shall be submitted online.
Interested in sharing this opportunity with students? Download the poster here.
Leopold Writing Contest Poster (PDF)
2017 Writing Contest Winners
The 2017 prompt was “Tell us a story of a local leader who exemplifies Leopold’s land ethic.”
View the 2017 winning essays on the blog:
Special thanks to the committee members for their hard work in the creation, organization, and execution of the 2018 Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest:
- Trish Stevenson
- Karen Silseth
- Treva Breuch
- Tricia Fry
- Virginia Wiggen
- Alan Anderson
- Maria Kopecky
The 2018 Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest is presented by: