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WVU national moot court competition March 7-9 deals with coal ash impoundment

Update (March 9, 2019): William & Mary emerged as the champion of our 9th Annual Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition, defeating Yale in the finals in arguments before six federal judges. The other semifinalists were LSU and George Washington.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Law students from across the country are gathering in Morgantown March 7-9 for the ninth annual  National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, hosted by WVU Law.

This year's problem involves coal ash impoundments and whether there is jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act for pollutants that leak from a coal ash impoundment into navigable waters. The problem also involves a utility company’s ability to recover its costs for repairing environmental damages in rates charged to customers.

Nineteen law schools are sending 30 teams to the moot court competition, which is organized by WVU’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.    

The moot court competition’s early rounds through semifinals will be held at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center March 7, 8 and 9. The final round will be held on March 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at WVU Law. 

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

The law schools competing in 2019 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition are: Yale, William & Mary, Wayne State, Vermont, UVA, Utah, UNC, Texas Tech, South Texas, Pitt, Pace, OSU, Maryland, LSU, GWU, Duquesne, Colorado, Brigham Young,  and Appalachian.

Frank Holleman, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, will deliver the keynote address at the competition banquet on March 8 at the Erickson Alumni Center. He coordinates SELC’s coal ash work across the Southeast.

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



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