National moot court competition to focus on state subsidy of fuel sources

WVU Law 2016 Energy Moot Court Judges

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — Law students from across the country will be in Morgantown March 16-18 for the seventh annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by WVU Law.

Students in the competition will argue a legal problem involving a state’s effort to subsidize electricity generators using particular fuel sources, such as coal, in order to produce local economic benefits. The problem also addresses whether such measures interfere with interstate commerce or federal regulation of electricity prices.

The competition’s early rounds through semifinals will be held at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center on March 16-18. The final round will be held on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU College of Law.

Admission to the final round is free and the public is invited to attend.

Elaine Stein, former Administrative Law Judge at the New York State Public Service Commission, will deliver a keynote address at the competition banquet on March 17 at the Erickson Alumni Center. Stein teaches Law of Climate Change at Albany Law School and at the State University of New York. Her areas of advocacy and scholarship include mobilizing public participation in energy matters and climate justice.

Law schools sending 20 teams to the competition this year are: Appalachian School of Law, College of William and Mary, George Washington University, Howard University, Louisiana State University, Pace University, Texas Tech University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of North Dakota, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah, Washburn University and Washington and Lee University.  As the host law school, WVU is competing with an exhibition team.

The first of its kind in the nation, the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition was established in 2011 by WVU Law's Center for Energy and Sustainable Development. It is hosted by the Moot Court Board, a WVU Law student organization.

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