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The Twenty-sixth National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) will be held Thursday, February 20, through Saturday, February 22, 2014, at Pace Law School, White Plains, New York.


The registration deadline is September 30, 2013. Each team should complete the online registration and payment form on the website. A nonrefundable registration fee of $500 is payable by credit card or check. If paying by credit card, provide the requested information online. If paying by check, make payable to Pace Law School-NELMCC, include your school name and mail to our office with a copy of the registration confirmation email. Please follow up to ensure that it has been received. The registration fee covers light breakfasts, lunches and receptions during the competition for the team and one coach/advisor. Teams are responsible for their travel, accommodations and other expenses.

Registrations received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the NELMCC Board. Registration is not complete until the NELMCC office has received both the form and payment of the fee. The office will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered. The competition is open to 72 teams and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so prompt enrollment is strongly recommended.


Registration is limited to one team per school. The team is comprised of two or three law students.


Official correspondence from the NELMCC office will be directed only to the person listed as the team contact on the registration form. It is the responsibility of the team contact to distribute all NELMCC correspondence to each member of the team.  


The legal Problem drafted each year involves timely issues of national importance to the practice of environmental law. The Problem will be distributed by email only on or about October 4, 2013 to the team contact of all schools whose registration is complete. The Board will accept questions pertaining to the Problem until the deadline of October 25, 2013 pursuant to Rule II (B).


Each team will write a brief for one of the respective parties’ legal positions. The content, legal analysis and accuracy of the briefs are graded by practicing environmental attorneys. Briefs are also graded for correct Bluebook citation, spelling, punctuation and format. Refer to the NELMCC Official Rules for more information.

In accordance with Rule IV, the measuring brief and seven other copies of the brief identified only by team number must be mailed or otherwise shipped to the NELMCC office in a single package bearing a postmark or other indicia that proves the mailing date. The package shall be sent using expedited delivery from a shipper or postal service so that it arrives at the NELMCC office no later than three days from the date of the postmark or indicia. The team must retain proof of mailing, such as a receipt with the transaction date from the shipper or postal service, and a tracking number assigned by the shipper for delivery verification. The briefs shall be postmarked no later than December 3, 2013. A deduction will be applied to late mailings (see Rule IV (C)(1)(d)).

Teams’ briefs will be served on other teams via a posting on the Pace Law School website. Each team must email one copy of its brief (NOT the measuring brief) by December 3, 2013, 11:59 p.m. (EST) to the NELMCC office. Meeting this deadline will constitute fulfillment of the obligation to serve opposing teams. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure that the emailed brief contains no identifying information, except the team number. A page will be created on the NELMCC website with links to all the teams' briefs. On or about December 12, the NELMCC office will send access information for the briefs to the team contact.


The competition rules are posted on the NELMCC website.


Oral arguments begin with the preliminary rounds on Thursday, February 20, and conclude with the final round on Saturday afternoon, February 22, 2014. Each argument will feature three adverse teams. Scoring in the preliminary rounds is based on a combination of the brief scores and scores from the oral rounds. Scoring in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds is based solely on oral performance. Judges evaluating the oral arguments include attorneys with environmental law expertise, local attorneys, members of the Pace environmental law faculty and judges from the Nation’s courts. At least two, and in most courtrooms three, judges will comprise a bench for the lower rounds. Final round judges will be members of the federal bench and the US EPA Environmental Appeals Board. Note that competitors may not use laptops or any other electronic device, including but not limited to iPads and cellular phones, in the courtroom. Refer to the NELMCC website and Rules for more information.


Coaches are allowed to observe quietly in the audience. No written or oral communication may take place between coaches and team members or judges during the oral arguments. When there is sufficient space in a room and with prior permission from the NELMCC Board, visitors may also sit in the audience in accordance with the Visitor Policy (available on request). 


Awards are conferred on the winners in each of the following categories:

Winning Team
Two Finalist Teams
Best Brief Overall
Best Briefs for Remaining Two Parties
Best Oralist
Best Oralist-Honorable Mention

The perpetual, traveling trophy – an original watercolor of Storm King Mountain by John Hulsey – will be awarded to the winner of the 2014 Competition.


The law school campus is a convenient 45-minute train ride to midtown Manhattan on the Metro-North train system; see

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza hotel in White Plains, New York. The hotel will provide limited shuttle service to and from the competition. Teams are responsible for their accommodations and must book rooms directly with the hotel by the reservation deadline. Detailed information will be provided to all registrants.                                                  


The NELMCC office maintains information about upcoming and previous competitions on the NELMCC website. The final round will be videotaped and web cast live on the Pace Law School home page. 


September 30, 2013

Registration deadline

October 3, 2013 (on or about)

Problem & Rules distribution by email to registered schools

October 22, 2013

Submission deadline for team member names to NELMCC office if not previously provided

October 25, 2013

Deadline for questions relevant to the Problem

November 15, 2013

Deadline to send Team Member Confirmation form to NELMCC office

December 3, 2013

Briefs to be postmarked to Pace Law School

December 3, 2013

Teams email their brief (NOT measuring brief) to NELMCC office by 11:59 pm (EST) for posting on the Pace web site in fulfillment of service on opposing teams

December 12, 2013 (on or about)

Pace to email access information linking to briefs on web site

February 19, 2014

Advance Competition check-in at hotel

February 20, 2014

Competition check-in at Pace Law School

February 20, 2014

Preliminary Rounds I & II

February 21, 2014

Preliminary Round III & Quarterfinal Round

February 22, 2014

Semifinal & Final Rounds

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