North America Regional of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

From February 8-10, 2013, the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law hosted the North America Regional of the 17th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition. Sixteen law schools gathered at WCL to compete for the chance to continue on to the Interntaionl Finals in March at Stetson University College of Law. The North America Regional began on Friday, February 8 with the first of three preliminary rounds. Upon on the conclusion of the preliminary round, we held a reception for teams to relax and get to know one another as well as lawyers and WCL alumni practicing in the field. The competition concluded with the Finals featuring Team 1306 and 1327 on Sunday, February 10. To read more about the event, please visit our Recent News page. See more photos on Flickr.


On Saturday, February 9, teams, coaches, and judges mingle and contemplate the upcoming quarterfinal round during the reception.






At left: The team that later found out it won Best Memorial enjoyed some down time.







At right, David Hunter interacts with WCL Alums and volunteer judges, Carla Garcia Zendejas and Addie Haughey.






At left, volunteer judge Alicia Cate (far right) interacts with law students who had argued earlier in the day.








At right, coaches interact with one of their team members.



At left, teams from universities in Chicago and Hawaii get to know one another.
(Photo courtesy of Angelica Zabanal)








The Final Round begins as the judges walk in and move towards the bench.








At left, Their Excellencies, Tess Bridgeman, Durwood Zaelke, and Carroll Muffett.








Coaches, other teams, and "judges" watch as Team 1306 and Team 1327 present their cases in the Final Round on Sunday, February 10.



Applicants from Team 1306 present their case for why Respondants should be responsible for transboundary pollution and killing off an endangered species.










Respondents from Team 1327 present their case to the judges and defend their policies related to transboundary haze pollution and species conservation.












Following the presentation of the arguments, the two teams received feedback from the esteemed judge panel and awaited the results.








Other teams and coaches listen to the judges' feedback and await the announcement of the winner and the awards ceremony.

















At left, the winning team, Team 1306, listen to the judges.








At right, the runners-up, Team 1327, listen to the judges feedback, which will help them in the international finals that both teams will compete in during late March.




Left, Team 1306 with their winners plaques. Below, Team 1327 with their plaques.











Teams receive their certificates.








Left, David Hunter with a member of Team 1327.







Right: Durwood Zaelke, Tess Bridgeman, and David Hunter following the awards ceremony.






The judges on their bench.



The two finalist teams pose with the judges following a very impressive and competitive final round.