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The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) will celebrate its 30th year in 2018. The competition dates are scheduled for Thursday, February 22, through Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, White Plains, New York.


The registration deadline is September 29, 2017. Each team must complete the online registration form. A nonrefundable registration fee of $550 is payable by credit card or check. If paying by credit card, information will be requested during the online registration process. Checks are to be made payable to Elisabeth Haub School of Law-NELMCC and mailed to our office with school name and a copy of the registration confirmation email. The fee covers administrative costs, continental breakfasts, lunches and light receptions for team members and a faculty coach or advisor. This fee is exclusive of travel, accommodations and miscellaneous expenses.

Registrations received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the NELMCC Board. Our office will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered. The competition is open to 63 teams and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is limited to one team per school. The team is comprised of two or three law students. Refer to the Official Rules for more information.


Official correspondence will be directed ONLY to the person listed as the team contact on the registration form. The team contact is responsible to distribute all NELMCC correspondence to each member of the team.


The legal Problem drafted each year involves timely issues of national importance to the practice of environmental law. The Problem will be distributed by email only on or about October 3, 2017 to the team contact of registered schools. The Board will accept questions pertaining to the Problem until the deadline of October 24, 2017 pursuant to Rule II (B).


Each team will write a brief for one of three parties’ legal positions of their choosing. Content, legal analysis and accuracy of the briefs are graded by practicing environmental attorneys. Briefs are also graded for correct Bluebook citation, spelling, punctuation and format. Refer to NELMCC Rule IV for detailed brief writing and submission instuctions.

Briefs must be shipped to the NELMCC office in a single package bearing a postmark or other indicia that proves the mailing date. Briefs are to be postmarked no later than November 27, 2017 and must be sent via 2-day expedited delivery from a shipping or postal service. A deduction will be applied to late brief submissions.


The competition rules are posted on the NELMCC website.


Oral arguments begin with two preliminary rounds on Thursday, February 22, are followed by the third preliminary & quarterfinal rounds on Friday, and conclude with the semifinal & final rounds on Saturday. Each argument will feature three adverse teams. Scoring in the preliminary rounds is based on a combination of the brief scores and scores from the oral arguments. Scoring in the later rounds is based solely on oral performance. Judges evaluating the oral arguments include regional attorneys with environmental law expertise, alumni and Pace faculty. At least two, and in most courtrooms three, judges will comprise a bench. Final round judges will be members of the federal bench and the US EPA Environmental Appeals Board. Competitors may not use laptops or any other electronic devices, including but not limited to iPads and cell phones, in the courtroom. Refer to the NELMCC Rules for more information.


Coaches are allowed to observe quietly in the audience. No written or oral communication may occur between coaches and team members or judges during the oral arguments. With prior permission from the NELMCC Board and if space permits in the courtroom, visitors may observe in the audience in accordance with the Visitor Policy (available on request).


Awards are conferred on the winners in each of the following categories:

Winning Team
Two Finalist Teams
Best Brief Overall
Best Briefs (remaining two parties)
Best Oralist
Best Oralist-Honorable Mention

The perpetual, traveling trophy – an original watercolor of Storm King Mountain by John Hulsey – will be awarded to the winner of the 2018 Competition.


The campus is easily accessible to NYC and major airports and a convenient 45-minute train ride to Grand Central Station on Metro North Railroad; see http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm.

A block of discounted rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York. Teams are responsible for accommodations and must book directly with the hotel. The Crowne Plaza hotel will furnish shuttle service between the hotel and campus. Detailed reservation information for the Crowne Plaza will be provided to all registrants.


The NELMCC office maintains information about upcoming and previous competitions on the NELMCC website. The final round will be videotaped and archived on the Elisabeth Haub School of Law home page.


September 29, 2017

Registration deadline

October 3, 2017
(on or about)

Problem & Rules distribution by email to registered teams

October 24, 2017

Deadline for questions relevant to the Problem

October 24, 2017

Teams must be constituted by this date (see NELMCC Rule III (B))
Deadline for Team Member Confirmation Form submission to NELMCC office

November 27, 2017

Briefs to be postmarked to Pace Law (via 2nd day delivery)

November 27, 2017

Teams to email their non measuring brief to NELMCC office by 11:59 pm (EST) for posting on web in fulfillment of service on opposing teams

December 7, 2017
(on or about)

NELMCC to email access information to briefs on web

December 7, 2017

Teams to submit the online Team Coach Information form to NELMCC office

February 1, 2018

Crowne Plaza hotel reservation deadline

February 21, 2018

Advance Competition check-in at hotel

February 22, 2018
(early morning)

Competition check-in at Pace Law School

February 22, 2018

Preliminary Rounds I & II

February 23, 2018

Preliminary Round III & Quarterfinal Round

February 24, 2018

Semifinal & Final Rounds

  NELMCC Office
  Elisabeth Haub School of Law
  78 North Broadway, Preston 212
  White Plains, NY 10603
  P | 914.422.4226
  F | 914.422.4261
  E | nelmcc@law.pace.edu