The LSU Law Center’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (NELMCC) team tied for second place and were named National Finalists at this year’s competition, held Feb. 22-24 at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, New York.
Team members Patrick Voelker, Molly Reinhardt, and Lindsay Rich ultimately placed as one of the Top 3 teams in the country out of the 56 law schools and more than 200 competitors who participated in the NELMCC this year. The NELMCC team is coached by Karen Blakemore (LSU Law ’07) of CK Associates Environmental Consulting. Blakemore was the recipient of the 2017 Susan Kalinka Award for Coach of the Year for her continued successes at the coach of LSU Law’s NELMCC team.
The LSU Law Center has a strong tradition of success at the Environmental competition – the team was also named a National Finalist in 2018 and 2014, took home a Semifinalist title in 2017, won Best Individual Oralist in 2015 and 2009, and won the National Championship in 2006. (The 2006 championship trophy, a watercolor painting of Storm King Mountain, hangs outside the Office of Admissions and Student Records.)
Instituted in 1989, The Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof. NELMCC provides an intellectual workout for competitors through complex legal analysis of today’s thorny environmental issues presented in the Problem. Competitors research and analyze the issues before writing persuasive arguments for one party advocating how the issues should be resolved. Competitors are then required to argue the issues orally for all three parties in the dispute, rounding out the rigorous academic experience.