Environmental Moot Court Team

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The University of Florida Environmental Moot Court Team is a co-curricular, student-run organization that explores issues of environmental law. Every February, three students and one coach attend the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is recognized as the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States. Over 200 competitors from law schools all over the United States and Canada attend this competition.

The team writes and files its brief in November. Tryouts are held in the beginning of each Fall semester.

Faculty Advisor:
Mary Jane Angelo, Director, Environmental & Land Use Law Program

2012-2013 Team Members:
Samantha Aylward, 3L
Carly Grimm, 2L
Caitlin Pomerance, 2L

2012-2013 Coach:
Zachary Rogers, 2L

Instructions for Environmental Moot Court Team Tryouts September 2014

Second & third year students can apply for a position on the 2015 team, which will compete at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition in February 2015 at the Pace University Law School, White Plains, NY. Students in their second year can also apply for the coach position.The coach provides logistical support to this year’s competition team and attends in a support role. The coach is also automatically a member of the following competition team. The tryout process for both positions is the same.

Content of Written Submission: The written submission consists of three parts:

1. The argument section of your appellate advocacy brief. if you wish to submit 5 pages of some other writing sample that focuses on environmental law IN ADDITION to the brief, you may do so, but it is not required.

2. An unofficial (ISIS) law school transcript

3. A modified resume that includes: a list of relevant courses (i.e. environmental or otherwise related) you have taken or are currently taking; any relevant extra‐ curricular or work experiences (including those enhancing oral argument skills); and whether you are enrolled in the environmental certificate program.

Oral Argument Tryout Instructions: The tryouts will focus on three considerations; writing, experience, and oral skills. Applicants do not have to write anything specific for the try-outs. They have to do an oral argument based on the law cited in the documents provided and should be prepared to answer questions from the judges

The documents that provide the basis for the oral argument consist of the problem and the tryout brief. Prepare a 7‐minute argument for Appellant Friends of Responsible Trade addressing only the issue in the tryout brief on appeal. The tryout brief includes the argument sections of the brief on this issue for both appellants and appellees to give you a sense of the arguments on the both sides. You should not need to do additional original research on the issue, but you may wish to review the law referenced in the brief.