Third-year students Kristin Butler, Jennifer Gilbert-Eggleston, and Jessica Zaegel continued to demonstrate DU’s prowess at training appellate lawyers and environmental advocates when they competed at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition, hosted by Pace University in White Plains, New York, on February 21-23, 2013.
After making a strong showing in three Preliminary Rounds, the DU Team advanced to the Semifinal Rounds, meaning they were one of the top 27 performing out of 72 teams participating. Third-year law student Kristin Butler was awarded Best Oralist in one of the Preliminary Rounds. Building off of last year’s success, this marks the third time in DU’s history of competing that the team has qualified for the Semifinals.
The Pace competition is recognized as the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States. It begins each year in October when a problem is distributed focusing on statutory and constitutional issues in the context of federal environmental litigation. Student teams must submit a brief with no outside assistance and present oral argument for each of three different parties in the problem.
The members of DU’s team were selected as the three highest-scoring participants in the DU Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held in September 2012. The DU Team prepared an outstanding brief covering a range of disputed issues in a Clean Water Act suit. Beginning in January, the team, with the help of coach Kelly Davis, former Pace competitors, and law students and faculty, prepared for oral argument.
Congratulations to team members Kristin Butler, Jennifer Gilbert-Eggleston, Jessica Zaegel, and coach Kelly Davis on a job well done!