This course will provide students with instruction and practice in appellate advocacy and negotiations with a focus on domestic and international environmental issues. The course will prepare teams to enter four environmental advocacy competitions: the Pace University Law School National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Stetson University College of Law International Environmental Moot Court Competition, the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition, and the University of Richmond School of Law Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition. Students in the fall semester will receive two credits. Class sessions will address basic and advanced techniques of appellate advocacy and negotiations, analyze strengths and weaknesses of advocacy performances, and discuss how to achieve excellence in advocacy with professors and practicing attorneys. Each student will write a short memo on behalf of a party related to a sample problem, engage in a series of practice and graded moot court sessions, and participate in environmental negotiations practice sessions. Before the end of the fall semester, selected students will be chosen to represent the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in each of the four competitions. These students will receive another two credits in the spring semester. They will participate in additional moot court practice and negotiations sessions featuring local practitioners, jurists, professors, and alumni acting as guest judges in preparation for their respective spring competitions. Previous competitions have explored whether carbon dioxide is a pollutant under international law, addressed statutes such as RCRA and the Clean Water Act, investigated illegal dumping of hazardous waste in the United States, and probed whether one nation can retaliate against a polluting nation by banning the importation of that nationís products without violating World Trade Organization policies. This course is graded on the A-F scale.
|504R (CRN: 24851) Credits: 2|
Spring, 2015 (Evening).