The National Environmental Law Moot Court Team worked hard and performed in outstanding fashion at the National Competition, which was held last week at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Kayla Frederick, 3L, AnnaCarrol Arnold, 3L, and Akira Watson, 3L competed for Alabama Law. Tyler Thull, 2L, served as the student coach.
Fifty-four law schools traveled to New York to compete in the most prestigious environmental law moot and the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind to take place under one roof.
Oralists faced teams from Florida, Connecticut, Denver, Drake, and Widener as they progressed through three preliminary rounds to the quarterfinal round. Both Watson and Arnold received Best Oralist Awards during the preliminary rounds – no such awards are given once the preliminary rounds conclude. During the competition, oralists had to argue at least once for each of the three parties to the appeal.
In the quarterfinal round, Alabama Law faced the team from Denver once again as well as the team from Boston College. Although Denver prevailed in the quarterfinals, the team did a splendid job.
“My co-coach, Heather Elliott, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team,” said Professor Bill Andreen. “Our thanks to everyone who helped the team along this year, including Wendy Cox, and to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to judge a practice round.”