Environmental Moot Team Makes National Semifinals
UF College of Law Environmental Moot Court Team members Jill Kelso (left), Dawn Rodda and Kristina Rudman recently reached the semifinal round in a competition featuring 60 teams at the Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York. The team, sent to this premier national environmental moot court competition by the law school’s Environmental and Land Use Law Society, is coached by law student John Kasbar (second from right). UF, along with eight other teams, advanced to the semifinals with three making it to finals. Rodda was selected as best oralist in two of the team’s three preliminary rounds and Rudman was selected as second best oralist in a preliminary round. Competing teams prepared briefs and presented oral arguments on a hypothetical scenario involving a skeet shooting facility and alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations. “This competition gives the students the chance to compete against their peers around the country and to see that they measure up well against the best in the country,” said Professor/Environmental and Land Use Law Program Director Alyson Flournoy. “Students tell me after the competition it’s been a defining experience in building their confidence and skills.” Additional support was provided by faculty members Mark Fenster, Joseph Little, Diane Mazur and William Page; Richard Hamann of the Center for Government Responsibility; Adjunct Professors Mary Jane Angelo and Terry Zinn; and Legal Skills Associate Professor Joseph Jackson. As a result of the team’s success, the college’s Legal Information Center will receive a number of environmental law publications donated by the Environmental Law Institute®. Funds are contributed annually by the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section in support of UF’s moot court team.