The Award goes annually to a Maine Law student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and accomplishment in the areas of municipal law, land use, or local governance, with a commitment to and capacity for further contribution to the field. It was established in 2005 with core support from the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, the family of the late Barnett I. Shur, and the Nelson & Small corporate family. The award honors Barnett I. Shur and F. Paul Frinsko, in recognition of their achievements in the practice of law and their leadership in municipal law.
A native of Enfield, Maine, Josh earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Earth and Climate Sciences. Throughout his undergraduate career, he worked as a student research assistant at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. After graduation, he became the Center’s communications and IT manager, and worked primarily on UMaine’s offshore wind project. During this time, he also served as a Bangor City Councilor and on boards for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Bangor Greendrinks.
Josh is currently pursuing dual degrees of a J.D. from Maine Law, and he completed his M.B.A. from the University of Maine this spring. At Maine Law, he is active in the Energy & Environmental Law Society (EELS). In the fall of 2020, EELs hosted a successful virtual event which focused on “Environmental & Climate Justice: Anti-Racist Movements and Principles for Practice.” The event brought together leading environmental and climate justice scholars.
This summer, Josh is working as a summer associate at Foley Hoag in Boston.