by Brittany Hardy
Baylor Law School's Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Team leaves Tuesday, Feb. 22, for its competition at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. The team includes Matt Smith, Sara Kimbrough and Kelsi Lauger with Luke Meier, assistant professor of law serving as coach.
"They've been working hard; I think they're ready," Meier said, "It's a good competition. It's limited to environmental law, but that usually includes jurisdiction questions."
This year's problem will focus on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act with regard to states with authorized hazardous waste programs. The competition is known for including complicated questions and procedural history.
There are three parties involved in the case. The teams will represent each of the three parties depending on the round. Written briefs were due in early November. Since the students returned after Christmas break, they have been practicing two to three times per week in practice moot court arguments, with faculty members acting as judges.
The Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition is large compared to other moot court competitions. Eighty to 90 teams compete.
"It is recognized as a well-run competition," Meier said.
Teams from the Lewis & Clark Law School have won the competition the last three years in a row. This is the first time that a Baylor Law School team will be competing.