The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC)

Instituted in 1989, the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) is one of the nation’s largest interschool moot court competitions. Under pre-pandemic conditions, NELMCC is known for hosting as many as 350 law students and attorney judges on the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s Westchester campus. Despite the pandemic, last year, Haub Law did not skip a beat and hosted the first ever all virtual NELMCC – allowing students to continue to participate in the highly competitive competition.

 

 


 

2023 Team Briefs

Briefs: Service of Opposing Teams

In satisfaction of the requirement of service on opposing teams, the 2023 teams have submitted electronic briefs by email attachments. These files are in PDF format. Teams can be identified by their number.

Competitors: Please take a moment to look at your own team's brief and report any problems by email to nelmcc@law.pace.edu or telephone (914) 422-4426

LINKS TO INDIVIDUAL BRIEFS

Below are the links to the individual briefs. Although we have scanned all the files for viruses, saving the files gives your virus-scanning software a chance to rescan and is the best practice when downloading files from the web. If a team has withdrawn from the competition, their corresponding team number will not link to a brief.

Team 1 Team 27
Team 2 Team 28
Team 3 Team 29
Team 4 Team 30
Team 5 Team 31
Team 6 Team 32
Team 7 Team 33
Team 8 Team 34
Team 9 Team 35
Team 10 Team 37
Team 11 Team 38
Team 12 Team 39
Team 13 Team 41
Team 14 Team 42
Team 15 Team 43
Team 16 Team 44
Team 17 Team 45
Team 18 Team 46
Team 19 Team 47
Team  20 Team 48
Team 21 Team 49
Team 22 Team 50
Team 23 Team 51
Team 24 Team 52
Team 25 Team 53
Team 26 Team 54
   
   

 

2023 Competition Schedule of Events


Click here for TEAMS
 

Click here for JUDGES

2023 Fact Sheet and Important Dates

General Information

About the Competition

Every year law student advocates nationwide assemble at The Elisabeth Haub School of Law to compete in the largest interschool moot court competition under one roof. Over 200 competitors and 150 attorneys participate in grading briefs and serving as judges for the three day competition.

NELMCC tests students' skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy and uses issues drawn from real cases to provide students first-hand experience in environmental litigation while also providing a rigorous academic experience.

The Competition is distinctive in that three adverse teams argue the issues, reflecting the fact that environmental litigation frequently involves multiple parties — the government, a public interest group, and a member of the regulated industry.

Rounds

Oral arguments begin with three preliminary rounds. Judges evaluating the oral arguments include attorneys with environmental law expertise, local attorneys and judges from the nation’s courts. Final round judges are members of the federal and state benches and the US EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board.

The Problem

Each year the legal problem involves timely issues of national importance and/or internatonal importance to the practice of environmental law.

Oral Argument Procedure & Judging Criteria


Click here for Oral Argument Procedure

Click here for judging criteria for Preliminary and Quarterfinal Rounds

Click here for preliminary round judging form

Click here for quarter-final and semi-final round judging form

Click here for winner designation form

 

 

Meet the 2022 NELMCC Final Round Judges

FINAL ROUND JUDGES
The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud to welcome the following distinguished members of the bench as Final Round Judges in this year’s Competition.

The Honorable Wendy L. Blake, U.S. EPA, Environmental Appeals Board

Judge Blake has extensive litigation experience both at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice in administrative law matters and matters arising under the federal pollution control statutes. She also has substantial management experience, including serving as the Associate General Counsel for the General Law Office and the Assistant General Counsel for the Air and Radiation Law Office in EPA’s Office of General Counsel. In these capacities, she managed large teams of attorneys and professional staff and led the Agency’s participation in matters before the Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, and district courts. She also has substantial rulemaking and alternative dispute resolution experience. Most recently, as the Associate General Counsel for the General Law Office, she supervised the Agency’s Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center which provides alternative dispute resolution and conflict resolution services to the Agency. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she served as a judicial law clerk for former Judge Christine Miller of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Judge Blake earned her Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from George Mason University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in Economics.

The Honorable Glen Bruening

Glen T. Bruening was first nominated by Governor David Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate in 2010 as a judge of the New York State Court of Claims, after more than 21 years of legal service for the State of New York.  In 2015, he began serving as a full-time Acting Supreme Court Justice in Essex, Warren and Washington Counties, and was reappointed to a new 10-year term by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018.  He previously served as an Assistant Counsel to Governors George Pataki, David Paterson, and Andrew Cuomo; as General Counsel to the NYS Department of State and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and as Senior Attorney, Deputy Counsel, and Deputy Commissioner for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.  Glen graduated from Lake George High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from SUNY Albany, and a JD from Albany Law School.  A resident of Warren County, Glen is a member of the NYS Bar Association, and the Warren County Bar Association where he serves as Treasurer and Chair of the High School Mock Trial Committee.   

The Honorable Cheryl Ann Krause US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Cheryl Ann Krause was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in July of 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and graduated from Stanford Law School with highest honors.  After clerking for the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court, Judge Krause served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Before assuming the bench, Judge Krause was a partner at a multi-national law firm where she specialized in white collar criminal defense and government investigations and served as outside counsel for the Board of Ethics of the City of Philadelphia. She has lectured in the past at Stanford and Columbia Law Schools and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition to her work as a member of the American Law Institute, Judge Krause sits on the Boards of Trustees of the American Inns of Court and the National Constitution Center, and she was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2021 to serve on the Space and Facilities Committee of the United States Judicial Conference.  Her 2020 law review article, Lawyer Wellbeing as a Crisis of the Profession, was the winner of the prestigious Warren E. Burger Prize.

The Honorable Malachy E. Mannion, US District Court, Middle District of PA

Judge Mannion is a 1972 graduate of the Scranton Preparatory School; a 1976 graduate of the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Psychology; and a 1979 graduate of Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate.His legal career began in White Plains, NY in 1979, where he was an associate with the law firm of Bartels, Pykett & Aronwald, Esqs. From 1980-1986 he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, NY where, as a senior trial attorney, he investigated and tried numerous cases ranging from homicide to organized crime, burglary to narcotics, rape to armed robbery. He also served as the trial supervisor responsible for instructing and supervising 41 assistant district attorneys in trial practice and procedure.Judge Mannion was an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) in the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1986-1993 and 1997-2001. During that time he was also the District’s Security Manager, possessing a top secret United States Government security clearance. He was, and still is, a regular speaker, instructor and judge at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC. Judge Mannion was also a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Evaluation and Review Staff (EARS) charged with critically evaluating the performance and procedures used in the 94 United States Attorney’s offices across the country.Judge Mannion was a partner in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pa. regional civil litigation firm of Hourigan, Kluger, Spohrer & Quinn, PC. from 1993-1997. In that time he handled and tried numerous civil matters, with a focus on medical malpractice, negligence and commercial litigation, in both federal and state courts.In 2001, Judge Mannion was appointed to the federal bench for an 8 year term as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was reappointed to a second 8 year term in 2009. In 2011 he became the Chief United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In 2012, Judge Mannion was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on December 21, 2012. Judge Mannion was sworn in as a United States District Judge on December 28, 2012.Judge Mannion is the Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the Federal Judges Association (FJA) and is a Past President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA). Additionally, he has been a member of the Administrative Office of United States Court’s Advisory Committee on Magistrate Judges. He is currently a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s Judicial Council’s Magistrate Judges’ Committee. He is a Past President of the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association.He has written and lectured nationally in the areas of trial practice, e-discovery, federal rules, money laundering, the fourth amendment, federal trial & motion practice, official corruption, ethics, legal writing, and discovery. He is involved with numerous charitable organizations.

The Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple has served as judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since his appointment by President Reagan in 1985. Judge Ripple joined the Law School faculty in 1976 as an associate professor, and became a full professor in 1980. He graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. from Fordham University in 1965, received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1968 and earned an LL.M. summa cum laude in administrative law and economic regulation from the National Law Center of the George Washington University in 1972. 

Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, Ripple held the position of special assistant to the chief justice of the United States (1973-77). He also served as the legal officer of the U.S. Supreme Court (1972-73), as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of International Business Machines Corporation, and as a branch head for the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. 

A member of the Virginia, New York, Indiana and District of Columbia Bars, Ripple has the distinction of serving on the American delegation to the 1980 Anglo-American Judicial Exchange. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and chaired the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules of Procedure.

Sponsors

The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is grateful to the organizations and people whose generous financial support help make the event possible.  

We are pleased to have the following as major supporters:

 

 

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The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) is the premier forum for environmental, energy, and resource lawyers, advisors, and decision makers. SEER represents more than 7,500 members with a wide range of professional interests and is committed to providing content to help members enhance professional skills and dialogue on relevant subject areas. To learn more about SEER, please visit www.ambar.org/joinseer.

 

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NELMCC Training Video

Tutorial for Judges

Tutorial for Bailiffs

Tutorial for Teams

Give to NELMCC

Each year, our campaign goal is to raise money that will continue to grow NELMCC as a premier environmental moot court and add to the outstanding reputation of the Pace Environmental Law Program.
Please consider making a donation to NELMCC.   We rely 100% on the generous support of donors to help fund the administration of the event.
Based on your donation level, you will be recognized for your generosity in a variety of ways as shown on the enclosed sponsor form.  Click here for more information & donation levels

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2022 Competition Results and Video

Click here to view 2022 NELMCC Competition

Click here to view 2022 Final Team Scores

 

The 2022 Jeffrey G. Miller
National Environmental Law
Moot Court Competition Results

 

2022 WINNER

Team 29, Lewis & Clark Law School
State of New Union

Matthew Campa, Kassie Kometani, Haley Nicholson

 

2022 FINALIST

Team 46, Duke University School of Law
Chesaplian Lake Watch

Maia Foster, Zoe Gabrielson, Mikaela Johnson

 

2022 FINALIST

Team 8, Stetson University College of Law
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Lauren Beames, Mia Hartley, Emily Witthoeft


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 2022 Best Oralist

 Team 29, Lewis & Clark Law School
Haley Nicholson


2022 Honorable Mention

 Team 17, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Omar Khodor


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2022 David Sive Award for Best Brief Overall:


Best Brief for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Team 20, University of Maine School of Law

Ben Algeo, Shannon Linnehan, Richard Qualey
 

Best Brief for Chesaplain Lake Watch
Team 2, University of Alabama School of Law
Charles Raymond Miller IV, Amanda Jean West, Margot Blaire Woolverton

Best Brief for State of New Union
Team 4, Florida State University College of Law

Katie Bauman, Katherine Hupp, Barclay Mitchell


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History of "Dawn-Storm King" Painting

Click here for the background and history of the original "Dawn-Storm King" watercolor painting. The painting is exhibited each year by the winning school of the competition.  

Previous Competitions

Here is link to view  previous competitions (2011-present):  https://law.pace.edu/previous-competitions

The winning briefs can be found in our library research guide:  http://libraryguides.law.pace.edu/nelmcc

 

Team Registration and Payment

REGISTRATION BEGINS JULY 1, 2022 - October 1, 2022

  • Registration is limited to the first 51 teams.  One Team per school.
  • Deadline to register is October 1 or until full. 
  • Each team must complete the online individual team member registration form https://forms.gle/EcspadHDaJtEAc1a9
  • The nonrefundable registration fee is $475.00 payable online by credit card.
  • Checks should be made payable to Elisabeth Haub School of Law-NELMCC and mailed to Elisabeth Haub School of Law - NELMCC Office, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
  • Late registrations will be considered if space allows.
  • NELMCC office will notify team contact with Team Number when school is officially registered.
  • The Problem will be distributed by email on or about October 5, 2021 to the Team Contact.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE PORTAL:  https://nelmcc2023.eventbrite.com

 

 

Team Confirmation Form Link

The Team Member Confirmation Form should be completed and submitted as soon as the team is constituted AFTER the release of the Problem but no later than October 27,  2022

Here is the form link for 2023.  https://forms.gle/asj8HDeixigeWRu47