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. This year, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Competition was held virtually once again.”

 

 


Watch the Final Round of the 34th Annual Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC)
from Saturday, February 26th at 1:30PM EST.

 

See the program below

 

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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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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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.

Alexandra Dunn
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Esq.
Baker Botts, LLP


Alexandra (Alex) Dunn is a Partner in the Environmental, Safety, and Incident Response group at the international law firm of Baker Botts with 25 plus years of practice at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Alex brings to clients extensive institutional knowledge and a keen ability to help solve regulatory problems. Her deep relationships across the nation and reputation for transparency, fairness, and equity, make her an effective presence in the difficult settings. Alex largely works with major companies and national organizations on the regulation and management of emerging contaminants - particularly integrated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOS/PFAS) - on environmental justice and risk communication, chemical regulations, enforcement and compliance assistance, and risk communication. From 2019-2021, with unanimous consent confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Alex served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Overseeing 900 career staff, she was responsible for the creation of national policies implementing federal laws governing chemicals, pesticides, and pollution prevention. Prior, she was EPA Administrator for New England (Region 1) from 2018-2019, where she focused on watersheds, enforcement, and environmental justice.Previously, Alex served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national non-partisan association of U.S. state and territorial environmental commissioners. She held other dynamic positions in her career, including Executive Director and General Counsel of the Association of Clean Water Agencies (ACWA); Dean of Environmental Law Programs at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; General Counsel of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; and Counsel at the American Chemistry Council. Alex is a nationally known author on the topics of green cities, urban sustainability, environmental justice, and watershed management; she also has taught environmental justice at three law schools.

Alex serves on the Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute, the Board of Regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and as a leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and on the Section of Litigation’s Environmental Litigation Committee.


Mary Kay Lynch
Judge Mary Kay Lynch
EPA Environmental Appeals Board


Judge Mary Kay Lynch is an Environmental Appeals Judge on U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board and has extensive litigation and management experience in both the private and public sector. She has served in several leadership positions within the EPA, including as the Associate General Counsel for the Waste and Emergency Response Law Office, leading the Agency’s participation in U.S. Supreme Court, federal Appellate Court and federal rule making practice in these subject areas. Prior to that she served as Regional Counsel for U.S. EPA Region 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. There she led a large interdisciplinary staff including attorneys and engineers to provide legal counsel for civil and criminal enforcement cases, defensive litigation, counseling issues, and general law matters. Judge Lynch has served as the Vice Chair of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Trustee Council where she advised on complex and unprecedented issues. Prior to joining EPA, she was engaged in private law practice. Judge Lynch plays a leading role in the Board’s work on international judicial capacity building. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the EPA Excellence in Management Award and EPA Gold and Silver Medals. Judge Lynch earned a Juris Doctor degree, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as the Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Boston College where she majored in history and was part of the Scholars of the College program.

james may
Professor James May
James R. May, Esq. is Visiting Professor of Law, Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University (2022)
S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah (2021)
Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder of the Global Environmental Rights Institute, and co-Founder of the Dignity Rights Project at Widener University Delaware Law School

Most recently May is the immediate past President and co-Founder of Dignity Rights International, and a Board member of the Normandy Chair for Peace, the Earth Law Center, and the GreenWatch Institute. He serves as the Special Representative on Harmony With Nature for the International Council of Environmental Law, and chaired the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Task Force on Environmental Justice, which culminated in the enactment of a Resolution on Environmental Justice and the establishment of a new ABA Presidential Task for on Environmental Justice. He is an inductee of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (co-Chair, 2022 Annual Meeting), Phi Kappa Phi (Board), the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court, and the National Judicial College.

May has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited 21 books, including Environmental Human Rights and the Anthropocene (Cambridge forthcoming 2022), Dignity Law Handbook (2021), Dignity Law Casebook: Courts, Constitutions and Perspectives (Hein 2020); Advanced Introduction to Dignity Law (Edward Elgar 2020), Encyclopedia of Human Rights and the Environment (Edward Elgar 2020), Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards (Cambridge 2019), Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism (United Nations 3d. Ed. 2019), Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism: Compendium of Cases (United Nations 2d ed. 2019), Implementing Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge 2018), The Future of Sustainable Energy, (Edward Elgar 2016), New Frontiers in Environmental Constitutionalism (United Nations 2016), Environmental Constitutionalism (Edward Elgar 2016), Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge 2015), and Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (American Bar Assn 2011).

May has published 52 book chapters, including by Routledge (Oxford), Cambridge, Hart, Edward Elgar, Mare and Martin, Jindal Press, and the American Bar Association. His works have been widely adopted and translated. May has also published 67 law review articles – including by the Yale, UCLA, Cardozo, Kansas, Denver, Pace and Vermont Law Review – and 75 other legal works, including by the United Nations, American Bar Association, Environmental Law Institute, and Bloomberg. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including from the American Bar Association, Sierra Club, American Canoe Association, Pace University Haub School of Law, and Widener University. LawDragon has recognized him as one of the world’s most influential environmental lawyers.

 

 

2022 Competition Schedule of Events

Oral Argument Judging Criteria

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

 

 

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.

Competition Rules, Problem, Q&A's

2022 Team Briefs

Briefs: Service of Opposing Teams

In satisfaction of the requirement of service on opposing teams, the 2022 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 30
Team 2 Team 32
Team 3 Team 33
Team 4 Team 34
Team 5 Team 35
Team 6 Team 37
Team 7 Team 38
Team 8 Team 39
Team 9 Team 40
Team 10 Team 41
Team 11 Team 42
Team 12 Team 43
Team 15 Team 44
Team 16 Team 45
Team 17 Team 46
Team 18 Team 48
Team 19 Team 49
Team 20 Team 50
Team 21 Team 51
Team 23 Team 52
Team 24 Team 53
Team 25 Team 54
Team 26 Team 55
Team 27 Team 56
Team 28 Team 57
Team 29 Team 58
   
   

 

NELMCC Training Video

Tutorial for Judges

Tutorial for Bailiffs

Tutorial for Teams

2022 Fact Sheet and Important Dates

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

CLICK HERE TO MAKE ONLINE DONATION
SPECIAL NOTE: CHECK THE BOX TO DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO THE  "NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION"

Thank you for supporting NELMCC.

 

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 5, 2020 - October 1, 2021 (limited to 48 teams)

  • Registration is limited to one Team per school.
  • Deadline to register is October 1 or until full. 
  • Each team must complete the online registration form.
  • The nonrefundable registration fee is $475.00 payable online by credit card or check.
  • 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://www.eventbrite.com/x/2022-nelmcc-law-school-team-registration-registration-161709606787

 

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,  2021

Here is the form link.  https://forms.gle/2y9R47GCBryxPYCD6