IU McKinney National Environmental Moot Court Team Advances to Semifinals in New York


IU McKinney’s Environmental Energy and Natural Resources Law (ENR) Moot Court team took part in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition from February 21-22 at Pace Law School in New York.

IU McKinney ENR Moot Court Team 2014IU McKinney’s team – Samantha Spencer, Hannah Belleau, and Sarah Rodenbarger – joined 81 moot court teams that entered the 25th annual national competition, including teams from Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, and Georgetown. 

(In the photo at left from left are Ariel Morelock, Sarah Rodenbarger, Samantha Spencer, and Alyson Ackerman.)

The McKinney team was one of only 27 to move from preliminary rounds to the Quarterfinals and one of only 9 law schools to advance to the Semifinals.  Samantha Spencer, an IU McKinney 3L student, was named best oralist in all three preliminary rounds.

ENR Moot Court ParticipantsThe competition IU McKinney overcame in preliminary rounds included two of the country’s top-10 ranked environmental law programs.  In their Quarterfinal round, the team faced the University of California at Berkeley and Florida State University to advance to Semifinals.  Samantha Spencer was again recognized as best oralist in the Quarterfinal round.

(In the photo at right from left are Samantha Spencer and Hannah Belleau.)

The McKinney team’s journey ended in the Semifinal round on February 22 against the University of Utah and Lewis & Clark Law School.  The team from Utah advanced to finals in what IU’s faculty advisor, Professor Eric Dannenmaier, called “a close decision.”

“I am extremely proud of the McKinney team members and their student coaches, Ariel Morelock, Alyson Ackerman, and Richard Proie,” Dannenmaier said.  “This is a tough national competition, our team worked hard, and they excelled in a field of top law schools and top ENR programs.”

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