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

Advancing Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy Skills
in Environmental Law


Outstanding Reputation. Instituted in 1989, The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) is the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof, regularly attracting 200 competitors from law schools from all over the nation. Highly competitive with tremendous educational value, NELMCC has established a national standard of excellence in moot court competitions.

Extraordinary Educational Experience. NELMCC provides an intellectual workout for competitors through complex legal analysis of today’s thorny environmental issues presented in the Problem. Competitors research and analyze the issues before writing persuasive arguments for one party advocating how the issues should be resolved. Competitors are then required to argue the issues orally for all three parties, rounding out the rigorous academic experience.

National Prominence. NELMCC is the centerpiece of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law Environmental Law Program, ranked fourth in environmental law nationally by US News and World Report.

ABA SEER Award Winner. NELMCC is the recipient of the 2013 American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award for its broad national reach in engaging environmental law students on appellate brief writing and advocacy and commitment from environmental practitioners and the judiciary who judge and critique the competitors.

Great Location. The beautiful campus of Elisabeth Haub School of Law is located only 20 miles north of New York City with convenient access to the city and major airports.

Competition Office

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
78 North Broadway, Preston 212
White Plains, NY 10603


General Information

Each February law students from around the country assemble at Pace Law School to compete in The Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC). Conceived by Pace Law students, the competition began in 1989 as a modest endeavor with 22 schools participating. It is the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof, regularly attracting in excess of 200 competitors from diverse law schools and 175 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments.

The competition provides a rigorous academic experience for the participants, testing skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy, involving issues drawn from real cases, and providing first-hand experience in environmental litigation. Competitors research and analyze current and challenging legal environmental issues, write persuasive arguments advocating how the issues should be resolved, argue the issues orally and have their performances evaluated and critiqued by practicing attorneys.

Teams write a brief for one of the three respective parties’ legal positions, and file their brief in late November/early December. Each brief is then graded for content, legal analysis and writing style, correct Bluebook legal citation, and formatting. The teams and coaches come to the Pace campus in February for the oral phase of the competition, where each team must argue all three sides, taking a different side during each of the three preliminary rounds. Switching sides in this way provides a tremendous intellectual workout for the competitors, as they must understand the legal arguments and strategies of all three sides and be able to deliver a persuasive argument on the position assigned in the round at hand.

Those with the highest combined scores for both the written brief and oral argument advance to succeeding rounds. Awards are conferred on the Winning Team, two Finalist Teams, Best Briefs (Best Brief Overall and Best Briefs for the remaining two sides), Best Oralist and Best Oralist-Honorable Mention.

Team Registration and Payment

2019 Team Registration
Open Through September 28, 2018

Online Registration and Payment Form

General Information – Registration is limited to one team per school. Each team must complete the online registration form. The nonrefundable registration fee is $550.00 payable online by credit card or check. Checks should 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 registration fee covers light breakfasts, lunches and receptions during the competition for the team. Teams are responsible for travel, accommodations and other expenses.

Registration Acceptance & Deadline – The registration deadline is September 28, 2018. Late Registrations will be considered if space allows and at the discretion of the NELMCC Board. The office will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered.

The competition is open to approximately 60 teams and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first serve basis.

The Problem will be distributed by email on or about October 2, 2018 to the Team Contact of all registered teams.


Fact Sheet and Important Dates

Team Confirmation Form

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 26.  Please refer to Rule III (B) of the Official Rules.

Your team number, which is required to complete the form, is provided in the Problem & Rules distribution email to the team contact from each school on October 3, 2018. Please refer to the original email or, if needed, contact the NELMCC office.

Click here for the form.


Team Coach Information

Please complete the requested information by December 7. The school’s team number was provided earlier to the team contact or you may email the NELMCC office at

Click here for the form

Rules and Problem


Click here for 2019 Official Rules


Original Problem (to be issued on October 3 to registered school team contacts)

Problem Questions and Answers (questions related to the Original Problem during the Q&A period)

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 


Thank you for supporting NELMCC.


Oral Argument Judging Criteria

Click here for PDF of oral argument judging criteria

Click here for preliminary round judging form

Click here for quarter final and semi final round judging form



Judging and CLE Information

Preliminary rounds are scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 am & 2:00-4:00 pm and Friday, February 22, from 9:30-11:30 am on the law school campus at 78 North Broadway in White Plains, New York. Interested attorneys are requested to register online.  Confirmation and judging materials will be sent to registered attorneys. Attorneys should arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled round for final instructions.

Attorneys admitted to the New York bar for more than two years may earn two practice credits per round of judging. Attorneys in states other than New York will need to check with the state's CLE department to determine if the program will satisfy its requirements. Attorneys must sign in and out on the attendance sheet before and after each round of judging in order to receive CLE credits. According to New York State CLE rules, newly admitted attorneys (attorneys admitted to the bar less than two years from the competition date) cannot earn CLE credits for judging moot court competitions.



Hotel Information

Click here for Crowne Plaza booking information. The reservation deadline is February 1, 2019.

Transportation and Directions

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Click here for directions to the law school

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.  


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:

GHD ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Environmental Law Institute Katten Muchin Rosenman

GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.
Privately owned by our people, GHD provides engineering, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients across five continents and the Pacific region. Focused on creating lasting community benefit, our connected global network of 8500 people delivers projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics.
Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which we operate.

American Bar Association
Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

The mission of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy,and Resources is to be the premier forum for lawyers working in areas affecting the environment, energy, and resources. The Section is committed to providing member and public services to enhance professional skills, development, and dialogue on these subject areas.

It represents more than 11,000 members with a wide range of professional interests. The Section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives, and statutes concerning environmental, energy, and resource law.

The Section provides its members with up-to-date information through the quarterly magazine Natural Resources & Environment and the bimonthly newsletter, Trends. The Year in Review, an annual summary of judicial decisions, new legislation, and regulatory development, is written by members of the Section’s substantive committees and is provided to our lawyer members as a member benefit. Our book publishing program offers many nationally recognized titles such as Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Environmental Justice: Theories and Procedures to Address Disproportionate Risk, Second Edition and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy.

The Section’s substantive committees illustrate the breadth of issues addressed by the Section. Environmental, energy, resources and cross-practice committees disseminate topical information to our members through newsletters, Web sites, list serves and teleconference programs. Student members are welcome to join up to five committees for no additional fee. Committee membership allows you to connect with others who share your interests.

The ABA is the largest voluntary professional membership association in the world. With more than 410,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

For information about becoming a member of the ABA or its Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, please call (800) 285-2221. For more information about the activities of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, please visit Student resources are available at

Environmental Law Institute

Environmental Moot ELI Sponsor 1Building on its history, reputation and experience, the Environmental Law Institute uses law and policy to create practical solutions to difficult environmental problems.  ELI combines penetrating analysis with the knowledge and energy of local partners to protect people, places, and the planet.  ELI gives citizens the information and skills they need to prosper while preserving the natural environment.

ELI’s books and periodicals, including the Environmental Law Reporter® and the National Wetlands Newsletter®, provide the environmental profession with cutting edge policy and legal analysis. The Institute invites students to join the ELI Associates Program for free to receive a subscription to the award winning The Environmental Forum®, the profession’s leading policy magazine, as well as a wealth of resources, such as ELI’s weekly e-mail bulletin,, which updates members on recent developments and interesting career possibilities.

2018 Competition

Previous Competitions

Here is link to our NELMCC guide 2011-present:  Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC)


2018 Team Briefs

Briefs: Service of Opposing Teams

In satisfaction of the requirement of service on opposing teams, the teams of the 2018 NELMCC have submitted electronic briefs by email attachments, which are posted below. 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 or telephone (914) 422-4426


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 33
Team 2 Team 34
Team 3 Team 35
Team 4 Team 36
Team 5 Team 37
Team 6 Team 38
Team 7 Team 39
Team 8 Team 40
Team 9 Team 41
Team 10 Team 42
Team 11 Team 43
Team 12 Team 44
Team 13 Team 45
Team 14 Team 46
Team 15 Team 47
Team 16 Team 48
Team 17 Team 49
Team 18 Team 50
Team 19 Team 51
Team 20 Team 52
Team 21 Team 53
Team 22 Team 54
Team 23 Team 55
Team 24 Team 56
Team 25 Team 57
Team 26 Team 58
Team 27  
Team 28  
Team 29  
Team 30  
Team 31  
Team 32