Environmental Moot Court Team

Environmental Moot Court Team at National Competition in White Plains, NY

Casey Holloway (J.D. ’18), Jason Drouyor (J.D. ’18), and Logan Stone (J.D. ’19) will represent Georgia State Law on February 22-24 at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York.

Sponsored by the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, the competition is the largest interschool moot court competition under one roof, regularly attracting 200 competitors from law schools from all over the nation.

This year’s problem involves consolidated petitions for review of a final permit issued under Section 402 of the Clean Water Act. The petitioners are the owner of a coal-fired steam electric power plant and an environmental group. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the respondent.

“I decided to join GSU’s Environmental Law Moot Court Team because I love environmental law and wanted to learn more. I jumped at the chance to gain Moot Court experience while also learning about current issues in environmental law,” Stone said. “I wanted to be exposed to a complex and novel environmental law issue and apply the knowledge I have learned in school.”

The team submitted their brief on behalf of the EPA in late November. The brief was one of 58 submitted by other law school teams from across the country. During the competition, the team will argue on behalf of each party.

“This opportunity allows me a moot experience that I would otherwise not have due to my challenging schedule as a part-time student,” Drouyor said.

Jonathan Futrell (LL.M. ’18) is coaching the team as they prepare for oral arguments and will be in White Plains with Casey, Jason and Logan. He is the first LL.M. student to pursue the concentration in Environmental and Land Use Law.

“During my time at Mercer University, Moot Court was one of my most rewarding but also demanding experiences,” Futrell said. “I’m really proud of Casey’s, Logan’s, and Jason’s commitment to this process. I’m looking forward to representing GSU at the competition and getting to meet students, scholars, and other professionals in the environmental law field.”

Team funding came through a grant from the Student Sustainability Fund managed through the Georgia State Office of Sustainability.  The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth along with Mike Hodell (J.D. ’18) applied for the grant.

“It is great to see the student fees at work, helping our law students gain hands-on experience applying environmental law, drafting briefs and preparing for oral arguments,” said Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), assistant director of the center. “Their hard work and preparation for this competition illustrate how they have turned this small investment in them into a great opportunity.”

For more information on the competition, contact Karen Johnston at kjohnston3@gsu.edu.

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