A team of three University of Montana School of Law students competed in the final round at the Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held in White Plains, New York, in February.

It is the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind under one roof, regularly drawing in excess of 200 competitors from diverse law schools across the country. The event attracts 200 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments.

UM students Katelyn Hepburn, Lindsey West and Hannah Cail competed against Vermont Law School and the University of Mississippi students. The University of Mississippi won for the fourth time in five years.

Sixty-two teams faced off in this year’s competition. The event tests skills in appellate-brief writing and oral advocacy, involving issues drawn from real cases, and providing firsthand experience in environmental litigation. Competitors research and analyze current and challenging legal environmental issues, write persuasive arguments advocating how the issues should be resolved, argue the issues orally and have their performances evaluated and critiqued by practicing attorneys.

In the preliminary rounds UM met Loyola, the University of South Dakota, Northeastern University, the University of Louisville, Louisiana State University and Widener. Hepburn won the award for best oralist in the round against Northeastern and Louisville.

UM defeated the University of Indiana and Western New England University in the quarterfinal round, and eliminated the University of California, Berkeley and Barry University in the semifinal round.

Missoulian Staff