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The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) is now in its 29th year. Dates for the competition are from Thursday, February 23, through Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, White Plains, New York.


The registration deadline is September 28, 2016. Each team must complete the online registration form. A nonrefundable registration fee of $550 is payable by credit card or check. Credit card payments can be made online when registering. Checks should be made payable to Haub Law School-NELMCC and mailed to our office with school name and a copy of the registration confirmation email. The registration fee covers light breakfasts, lunches and receptions during the competition for the team and one coach/advisor. Teams are responsible for travel, accommodations and other expenses.

Registrations received after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the NELMCC Board. Our office will notify the team contact when the school is officially registered. The competition is open to 69 teams and acceptance is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration is limited to one team per school. The team is comprised of two or three law students. Refer to the Official Rules for more information.


Official correspondence will be directed ONLY to the person listed as the team contact on the registration form. The team contact is responsible 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 September 30, 2016 to the team contact of registered schools. The Board will accept questions pertaining to the Problem until the deadline of October 24, 2016 pursuant to Rule II (B).


Each team will write a brief for one of three parties’ legal positions of their choosing. 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 NELMCC Rule IV for detailed brief writing and submission instuctions.

Briefs must be shipped to the NELMCC office in a single package bearing a postmark or other indicia that proves the mailing date. The package shall be postmarked no later than November 28, 2016 and must be sent by expedited delivery to arrive at the NELMCC office no later than two days from the date of the postmark. A deduction will be applied to late mailings.


The competition rules are posted on the NELMCC website.


Oral arguments begin with two preliminary rounds on Thursday, February 23, are followed by the third preliminary & quarterfinal rounds on Friday, and conclude with the semifinal & final rounds on Saturday. 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 arguments. Scoring in the later rounds is based solely on oral performance. Judges evaluating the oral arguments include regional attorneys with environmental law expertise, alumni and Pace faculty. At least two, and in most courtrooms three, judges will comprise a bench. Final round judges will be members of the federal bench and the US EPA Environmental Appeals Board. Competitors may not use laptops or any other electronic devices, including but not limited to iPads and cell phones, in the courtroom. Refer to the NELMCC Rules for more information.


Coaches are allowed to observe quietly in the audience. No written or oral communication may occur between coaches and team members or judges during the oral arguments. With prior permission from the NELMCC Board and if space permits in the courtroom, visitors may observe 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 (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 2017 Competition.


The campus is easily accessible to NYC and major airports and a convenient 45-minute train ride to Grand Central Station on Metro North Railroad; see

A block of discounted rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New York. Teams are responsible for accommodations and must book directly with the hotel. The Crowne Plaza hotel will furnish shuttle service between the hotel and campus. Detailed reservation information for the Crowne Plaza 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 archived on the Pace Law School home page.


September 28, 2016

Registration deadline

September 30, 2016 (on or about)

Problem & Rules distribution by email to registered teams

October 24, 2016

Deadline for questions relevant to the Problem

October 24, 2016

Teams must be constituted by this date (see NELMCC Rule III (B))
Deadline for Team Member Confirmation Form submission to NELMCC office

November 28, 2016

Briefs to be postmarked to Pace Law School (via 2nd day delivery)

November 28, 2016

Teams to email their non measuring brief to NELMCC office by 11:59 pm (EST) for posting on web in fulfillment of service on opposing teams

December 5, 2016

Teams to submit the online Team Coach Information form to NELMCC office

December 9, 2016 (on or about)

NELMCC to email access information to briefs on web site

February 7, 2017

Crowne Plaza hotel reservation deadline

February 22, 2017

Advance Competition check-in at hotel

February 23, 2017 (early morning)

Competition check-in at Pace Law School

February 23, 2017

Preliminary Rounds I & II

February 24, 2017

Preliminary Round III & Quarterfinal Round

February 25, 2017

Semifinal & Final Rounds

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  Elisabeth Haub School of Law
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  White Plains, NY 10603
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