The National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School is one of the nation’s largest competitions. It regularly attracts more than 200 competitors from diverse law schools and 200 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments. This year, Harvard was represented by Anne Augustine ‘13, Meg Holden ’14, and Kylie Kim ’14. The problem concerned a citizen who allegedly filled wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act. During the first semester, they prepared a brief for the competition, in which they represented the environmental nonprofit bringing a citizen suit against the alleged polluter. In February, they traveled to Pace Law School in White Plains, New York to compete in the oral argument portion of the competition. During the oral argument phase, they argued for all three parties: the nonprofit, the government environmental agency, and the alleged polluter. The team thought that it was a “really terrific” experience and hopes that Harvard continues to compete in the competition for years to come!
More information about this competition can be found here. We strongly encourage those who have a passion for the environment and/or advocacy to participate!