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

Advancing Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy Skills
in Environmental Law


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

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


2020 Competition Results and Video

Click here to view 2020 NELMCC Competition

Click here to view Final Score Table



The 2020 Jeffrey G. Miller
National Environmental Law
Moot Court Competition Results


Florida State University College of Law, Team 24

City of Greenlawn, New Union

Ashley Englund, Steven Kahn, Alexander Purpuro


University of Kansas School of Law Team 2
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hannah Lustman, Diana Stanley


American University Washington College of Law, Team 6
New Union, Oystercatchers Inc.

William Dove, Jenna Ruddock, Eric Sell

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 2020 Best Oralist
Elly Legatt, Team 28
U.C. Berkeley School of Law

Honorable Mention
Nathaniel Broadhurst, Team 35

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

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2020 David Sive Award for Best Brief Overall (2 Way Tie)

(1) American University Washington College of Law, Team 6

United States Army Corps of Engineers
William Dove, Jenna Ruddock, Eric Sell
(2) University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Team 20

City of Geenlawn, New Union
Sam Boden, Rachel Iacangelo, Galen Rende

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Best Brief for New Union Oystercatchers, Inc.

Drake Law School, Team 16
Mariah Kauder, Sheridan DeJong

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Schedule of Events

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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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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.  

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Building 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.



Fact Sheet and Important Dates

Oral Argument Judging Criteria

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.


Oral arguments begin with preliminary rounds on Thursday and conclude with the final round on Saturday, which is open to the public. 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.

Hotel Information

Click here for Crowne Plaza booking information. The reservation deadline is January 27, 2020.

Click here for Shuttle Schedule from Crowne Plaza.

Transportation and Directions

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Click here for directions to the law school

Judging and CLE Information

If you would like to be a judge for NELMCC we have an online link to register. please contact for the link.

Preliminary rounds are scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:30-11:30 am & 2:00-4:00 pm and Friday, February 21, 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.


The Ethic's CLE program is Friday, February 21 from 1:00-3:00PM.  It will take place at the  Judicial Institute Lecture Hall, located on the law school campus.

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.

2020 Team Briefs

Briefs: Service of Opposing Teams

In satisfaction of the requirement of service on opposing teams, the 2020 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 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 28
Team 2 Team 29
Team 3 Team 30
Team 4 Team 31
Team 5 Team 32
Team 6 Team 33
Team 7 Team 34
Team 8 Team 35
Team 9 Team 36
Team 10 Team 37
Team 11 Team 38
Team 12 Team 39
Team 13 Team 40
Team 14 Team 41
Team 15 Team 42
Team 16 Team 43
Team 17 Team 44
Team 18 Team 45
Team 19 Team 46
Team 20 Team 47
Team 21 Team 48
Team 22 Team 49
Team 23 Team 50
Team 24 Team 51
Team 25 Team 52
Team 26 Team 53
Team 27 Team 54
  Team 55


Team Registration and Payment

2020 Team Registration Begins July, 2019
Open Through September 28, 2019


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, 2019. Late Registrations will be considered if space allows.
The office will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered.

The Problem will be distributed by email on or about October 3, 2019 to the Team Contact of all registered teams.


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 24,  2019.  

Click here for the form.


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):

The winning briefs can be found in our library research guide: