Pace Law School Hosts National Environmental Moot Court Competition

Pace University School of Law’s Ninth Annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the largest environmental moot in the country, will be held from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 at the School’s White Plains campus, 78 North Broadway.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Pace University School of Law’s Ninth Annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the largest environmental moot in the country, will be held from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 at the School’s White Plains campus, 78 North Broadway.

Each two- or three-person team from more than 80 law schools nationwide, has written and filed a brief on retroactivity and commerce clause issues in a CERCLA liability proceeding. During the competition, each team will defend its position before a panel of judges comprised of attorneys and federal and state judges, most of whom are specialists in the field of environmental law.

The judges presiding over the final round include: Environmental Appeals Judge Honorable Edward E. Reich, who works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board; Honorable Eugene E. Siler Jr., a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio; Honorable Jane R. Roth, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Honorable Richard D. Cudahy, a United States Court of Appeals Judge for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois.

Preliminary rounds are held on Thursday with the top-scoring 27 teams advancing to the quarter-final round. Nine teams will advance to the final round, which will be held on Saturday, February 22, and is free and open to the public.

Awards are given in the following categories: Winning Team; Best Oralist; Best Brief; Finalist Team; and Best Brief Representing Each Party. The team with the highest combined scores for both the oral argument and written brief will win the competition. The winning team receives a traveling trophy of an original watercolor, “Dawn-Storm King,” by Hudson Valley artist John Husley, which commemorates the 1965 court decision inaugurating the field of environmental law. Last year’s winning team was from The University of Houston.

This student-run competition is sponsored annually by the Pace Law School’s Environmental Moot Court Board in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and Texaco Inc. In the past, law students have argued on environmental topics ranging from illegal dumping to personal liability for violation by a corporation. Winning briefs will be published in the Pace Environmental Law Review.

The School of Law is part of a comprehensive diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Its Environmental Law program has consistently been rated among the top programs in the country.

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