Environmental Law Program

Environmental Law Moot Court Team Returns with Honors

The 2009-10 WSRSL Environmental Law Moot Court Team — 3Ls Kristen Yamamoto and Jamila Jarmon and 2L Elena Bryant — did a terrific job in the three preliminary rounds of the national Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, which started on Feb. 18 and ended on Feb. 20 at Pace Law School, in White Plains, New York.  Each of the team members scored the coveted “best oralist” award in the preliminary rounds: Kristen in Round 1, Jamila in Round 2, and Elena in Round 3. Each round has six oralists and this competition requires the teams to switch clients each round, so this is a great achievement.

Although the team did not advance to this year’s quarter-final round, they come home with a strong and well-deserved sense of individual and shared accomplishment, icing on the cake after months of very hard work.   The team’s student advisor 2L Haaheo Kahoohalahala, who accompanied the team to New York, was a great help with scheduling, logistical, and moral support.

The winner for the 84-team competition was Lewis & Clark Law School; the Univ. of Houston Law Center and Univ. of Wyoming were also in the final round.

Congratulations to the team, and many thanks to their friends, families, and colleagues — and the faculty and Honolulu (and DC and NY ELP alumni) practitioners — who supported them throughout their intense preparation and practice schedule.