UT Law Students Form Environmental Moot Court Team, Win Best Oralist Award

 

Photo of the three members of UT Law's environmental moot court team
Teammates (from left to right) Lindsay Dofelmier, David Fisher, and Nora Gay at the NELMCC

Over the February 22-23 weekend, UT Law students competed at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York. The team, composed of three 2Ls – Lindsay Dofelmier (the Energy Center’s summer 2013 intern), David Fisher (the inaugural Energy Center Fellow), and Nora Gay – were the first ever from UT Law to compete in the competition, which drew nearly 80 teams from law schools around the country.

Coached by UT Law Professors Natalia Blinkova and David Nix, the team represented fictional parties Jacques Bonhomme, Shifty Maleau, and the State of Progress in a Clean Water Act case, which required them to prepare arguments for each party on issues ranging the scope of the Act’s citizen suit provision to the determination of point sources and navigable waters. The team prepared a brief on behalf of Mr. Bonhomme in November 2013, and represented all three parties in oral arguments throughout the competition. They were awarded three “Best Oralist” awards between them at the competition.

“It has been a great opportunity to improve our oral advocacy and brief-writing skills,” said team member David Fisher. “And we learned quite a lot about the Clean Water Act along the way.” The three team members hope to compete again in the competition next year, aided by their faculty coaches.