UNM Team Impresses at Environmental Law Moot Court

Environmental Law Moot CourtA team representing the University of New Mexico School of Law advanced to the quarter-final rounds at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in late February. Members were Caela Baker (`12), Owen Johnson (`12) and Chelsea Van Deventer (`12).

In advancing past the preliminary rounds, the UNM team placed higher than at least 50 teams out of a field of 77 teams.

The Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is an annual inter-law school appellate moot court competition sponsored by Pace University School of Law, in White Plains, NY. It is the pre-eminent environmental moot court competition in the country, one that aims to help students develop expertise in environmental law appellate advocacy.

The annual problem typically involves three parties: industry, government and an environmental protection group, and includes a variety of environmental law statutory issues, administrative law issues, constitutional issues and common law claims. The team received praise and positive feedback from the judges. The team's adviser was Professor Eileen Gauna (`85). Volunteer judges from the New Mexico Bar and the UNM law school helped prepare the team for their competition.

March 12, 2012