Environmental Law Program

Meet the 2012-2013 National Environmental Law Moot Court Team!

The Environmental Law Program is pleased to present the members of the 2012-2013 National Environmental Law Moot Court Team (NELMC).

Tiara Maumau, originally from Kāneohe, Oʻahu, returns to the NELMC team as a 3L. This past summer Tiara interned at the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C. where she attended hearings at the Montana Water Court and drafted memorandums on tribal water law. Tiara was also exposed to an array of environmental policies while she worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as the 2011 Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellow. In addition to Tiara’s experience with environmental law, she served as a Civil Procedure Tutor for first-year students and prosecutes traffic cases in the Honolulu District Court as a part of WSRSL’s Prosecution Clinic. As the only returning member, Tiara looks forward to passing on moot court tips to her new teammates and learning from these outstanding ladies. Lastly, Tiara hopes to make Jamil Newirth, her former NELMC partner, proud as he fights brain cancer. See http://www.giveforward.com/helpjamilnewirthfight

Kylie Wager, originally from the Adirondack Mountain region of upstate New York, joins this year’s NELMC team as a 3L at WSRSL. In addition to pursuing a certificate in environmental law, Kylie also serves as a research associate for the University of Hawai‘i Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). Kylie has co-authored and edited various publications and reports on sea-level rise and water resource climate adaptation in Hawai‘i. Kylie’s interest and experiences in climate and energy law continue to evolve. She was fortunate to work for Blue Planet Foundation during the summer of 2012 and has attended several climate and renewable energy workshops and conferences throughout Hawai‘i. She is vice president of the WSRSL Environmental Law Society and a senior editor for the WSRSL Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. With excellent teammates on board and several core environmental law courses complete, Kylie looks forward to expanding and polishing her writing and oral advocacy skills in preparation for the NELMC competition. One of her personal goals during the upcoming semesters is to reserve time for surf and yoga.

Mahina Tuteur is 2L from Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu. Her interest in environmental law developed while traveling abroad where she observed the close interaction between human rights and environmental protection. Mahina hopes to complete certificates in both Environmental Law and Native Hawaiian Law. She is interested in using legal tools to help traditionally underserved communities preserve their natural and cultural resources in the face of development and climate change. Mahina is excited for the opportunity to improve her oral advocacy and brief writing skills during the NELMC competition.

Welcome and congratulations Tiara, Kylie, and Mahina!

(Pictured L-R: Tiara Maumau (’13), Mahina Tuteur (’14), Kylie Wager (’13), and ELP Interim Director David Forman (’93))