February 27, 2018
The LSU Law Center National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Team consisted of, from left, Kelsey Balzli, Molly Reinhardt, coach Karen Blakemore and Patrick Voelker. Taylor Porter hosted a practice for the team prior to the competition.
Taylor Porter hosted a moot court practice for the LSU Law Center’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Team, which finished second at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 21-24, at Pace University Law School, in White Plains, NY.
The team — comprised of students Kelsey Balzli, Molly Reinhardt, and Patrick Voelker and coach Karen Blakemore — competed against more than 60 teams from around the country in the largest interschool moot court competition of any kind, regularly attracting competitors from law schools across the nation.
“They all did a great job with Kelsey and Molly each winning a best oralist nod during preliminary rounds. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put into this competition,” said Blakemore, volunteer coach of the team. “I’m also grateful for the time Taylor Porter puts into assisting with their preparation every year.”
The moot court practice was held prior to the national competition on Feb. 19, at Taylor Porter’s office. Taylor Porter attorneys listened to LSU moot court members’ arguments and provided questions and feedback throughout the practice as judges, challenging the students’ arguments and their composure. At the national competition, competitors research and analyze the issues before writing persuasive arguments for one party advocating how the issues should be resolved. Competitors are then required to argue the issues orally for all three parties, rounding out the academic experience. Taylor Porter attorneys attending the practice included Environmental Practice Group Leader and Partner Anne Crochet, Partner and Executive Committee Member Robin Toups, Partner Robert Coco, Partner Tim Poché, and Partner Tommy Gildersleeve.
The Taylor Porter environmental practice group serves the environmental needs of business and industry in all media (air, water and waste), in all facets (regulatory, remediation, litigation, property transactions, contracts and root cause investigations) and in all stages of the process (legislative, regulatory, administrative and litigation).
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