Pace Law School to Hold National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Feb. 22-24

Students representing 53 law schools from across the United States will participate in the 13th annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School from Feb. 22-24. The final
round of competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m., in the Moot Court Room, 78 N. Broadway, in White Plains. The public is invited to attend.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Students representing 53 law schools from across the
United States will participate in the 13th annual National Environmental
Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School from Feb. 22-24. The final
round of competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m., in
the Moot Court Room, 78 N. Broadway, in White Plains. The public is invited
to attend.

“The National Environmental Moot Court Competition conducted by Pace Law
School is a world-class event that draws the finest student advocates from
around the country to our campus to grapple with very real environmental
issues before discerning judges,” said Pace law Professor Ann Powers,
faculty advisor to the competition. “It is an educational experience for
all involved, and we are proud to sponsor it.”

Prior to the competition student teams will have prepared written briefs on
a hypothetical case involving an environmental violation. The event will
test the oral and written advocacy skills of law students in appellate
court litigation and will provide participants with an opportunity to
experience environmental litigation first hand. During the competition each
team will defend its position before a panel of judges. The team with the
highest combined scores for both the oral argument and written brief will
win the competition. Awards are also given for the Best Oralist, Best
Brief, Finalist Team, and Best Brief Representing Each Party.

Preliminary rounds begin on Thursday, Feb. 22. The 36 top-scoring teams
will advance to the quarterfinals, and then the nine highest scoring teams
will advance to the semifinals. The leading three teams will compete in the
final round.

Presiding judges at the final round of arguments will include The Honorable
Fortunato Benavides, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,
The Honorable Scott C. Fulton, Judge, United States Environmental
Protection Agency and The Honorable Renato Martins Mimessi, Chief Justice,
Rondônia Court of Appeals, Brazil.

“The National Environmental Moot Court Competition portends an exciting
future for environmental advocacy in America by providing the country’s
finest environmental law students with an opportunity to demonstrate their
outstanding intellectual talents,” said David Cohen, dean of Pace Law
School.

The competition is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Legal Studies
at Pace Law School, the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.,
and Texaco Inc.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is located in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles
north of New York City. The School offers the J.D. program for full-time,
and part-time day and evening students. Its post-graduate program includes
the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in environmental Law and the LL.M. in
Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated
environmental law programs and its Clinical Education Program also is
nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution,
securities arbitration, environmental litigation, appellate advocacy and
disability law.

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