Yesterday marked the beginning of the 27th annual Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Competition. Hosted by Pace Law School every February, the Competition is comprised of three preliminary rounds, one quarterfinal round, one semifinal round, and one final round. After a cheerful Welcoming Ceremony conducted by Dean Yassky, Professor Czarnezki, and myself, sixty-two teams went on to compete in the first two preliminary rounds of the competition. Despite the commotion, the rounds began on time and the competition flowed smoothly. Over two hundred competitors showcased five months’ preparation, and attorney-judges from across the region were properly impressed!
The day concluded with a reception and awards ceremony. Brief writers with the highest scores for each party were recognized (although the school names must remain anonymous until the competition is completed on Saturday afternoon). After the ceremony many attorneys stuck around for the CLE Presentation on the future of water law, while the competitors returned to their hotels to prepare for the coming arguments. It was an exciting day, and spirits are high as the competition continues!
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– Diana Neeves, NELMCC Chair 2015