Pace Law School will host the 23rd annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, drawing law students from around the country. Pace Law students are responsible for organizing, fundraising, and recruiting teams to participate in this event, the country’s premier environmental law moot court competition.
Competitors will grapple with a problem involving the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the principal federal law governing the disposal of solid and hazardous waste.
“This is a problem the participants can really sink their teeth into since it goes to the heart of a real environmental issue –a state’s alleged failure to properly implement and enforce its hazardous waste management program, due to shrinking state resources, in violation of federal standards set forth in RCRA. The result is a growing backlog of permit applications, inspections of facilities and enforcement actions,” commented Judith Weinstock, director of Environmental Law Programs. The problem involves EPA’s authority to withdraw its approval of the state’s program based on these allegations.
Top briefs submitted to the competition in the past have been used as a resource for practicing attorneys.
The final round will be judged by The Honorable Anna L. Wolgast, Judge on the Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; The Honorable Mark R. Kravitz, Judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; and The Honorable Nancy B. Firestone, Judge at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
**Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the competition with a press pass. Please contact Lauren Rubenstein in advance to arrange for interviews with event organizers and participants.**
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 24 – Saturday, Feb. 26 (detailed schedule available upon request)
WHERE: Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, N.Y.
WHAT: Seventy-three teams from law schools around the U.S. will descend on the Pace Law School campus for the country’s premier and most pre-eminent National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, now in its 23rd year. Due to the extremely high demand to enter the competition this year, Pace Law School had to waitlist a number of teams.
Judging the preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be 150 attorneys from around the metro N.Y. area, as well as upstate and Washington, D.C. Many of the judges are Pace Law School alumni.
The competition’s sponsors include Conestoga-Rovers & Associates; the American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; the Environmental Law Institute; LexisNexis; the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; Pfizer Inc.; and Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP.
Lauren Rubenstein, manager of media relations
Pace Law School
Paul Lee, J.D. candidate ’12
Vice Chair, Fundraising and External Relations
National Environmental Law Moot Court Board