Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Awards

Lowell Chandler and Nathan Burke at the 2018 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court CompetitionStudents from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana received accolades at this year’s Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held on February 22-23 at Pace University in White Plains, NY. The team of Nathan Burke and Lowell Chandler, both second-year law students, competed at the 2018 event and received the Fossil Creek Watchers Best Brief for the environmental side. 

Facing the Universities of Colorado and North Carolina in the first round, Nathan was selected as best oralist. In round two, they faced UC Davis and Emory University. In the final preliminary round against the Universities of Maryland and Pittsburgh, Lowell was selected as best oralist. On the strength of their exceptional brief and outstanding oral presentations, they advanced to the quarterfinal round. 

More than 130 students from 53 law schools competed at Pace in 2018. This year’s fact pattern addressed whether a state law requiring coal ash pond remediation was properly included in a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, and whether the EPA’s 1980 waste treatment exclusion grandfathered existing ash ponds impounding waters of the US from Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

Much of the team’s success is owed to the many attorneys in Missoula who volunteered their time and expertise in helping prepare Nathan and Lowell for this competition. Thanks to all involved for your dedication and help.

Pictured above: Lowell Chandler and Nathan Burke at the 2018 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition