Cumberland Competes at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York

Posted: Wed, 02/27/2013 - 09:22

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- During the weekend of Feb. 23, a team from Cumberland School of Law competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition [NELMCC] in White Plains, New York. The Cumberland team (pictured from left) of Meg Greer, Courtney Bailey, and Will Coffman participated with 72 other teams in the nation’s largest moot court competition hosted by Pace Law School. The Cumberland team was coached by Aaron McLeod (pictured far right) of Adams and Reese's Birmingham, Ala., office. 

“This was my second year as a member of the National Moot Court Team and I have now had two unforgettable experiences representing Cumberland School of Law across the country. I especially enjoyed participating in this particular competition because of my passion for conservation and interest in environmental law,” said Meg Greer. Ms. Greer won best oralist in two preliminary rounds and was awarded an overall Honorable Mention as Best Oralist in the competition.

Known for its environmental law program, Pace Law School has hosted the NELMCC for 25 years. This year’s competition drew over 200 competitors and 200 attorneys to serve as judges for three days of oral arguments. The NELMCC is unique because three adverse teams argue the issues, reflecting the fact that environmental litigation frequently involves multiple parties—the government, a public interest group, and a member of the regulated industry. Teams write and file their briefs in December and the oral phase of the competition takes place in February.

The Cumberland team thanks Professor Bob Greene for diligently working the past three years to form an environmental law team at Cumberland School of Law. The Cumberland team also thanks the family of Tripp Head ’98, who established the Tripp Head Memorial Environmental Moot Court Team Fund to provide funds to support the Cumberland School of Law Environmental Law Team. Further thanks are expressed to Rhon Jones of Beasley Allen, the chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, for his efforts in establishing the fund and supporting the team.