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Marks Wins Award in National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

February 27, 2012

Vermont Law School students Matt Marks '12, Alex Sherertz '12 and Colin Hagan '12 performed well at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition on Feb. 23-25 at Pace Law School.

Image of polar bearMarks won Best Oralist in each of the three preliminary rounds, barely edging out his VLS teammates. The VLS team, which was coached by Professor Pat Parenteau, advanced to the quarterfinals.

"Matt, Alex and Colin were a class act that drew high praise from judges and competitors alike," Parenteau said. "It was an honor to work with them and VLS could not have had better representation in this high profile competition."

Since 1989, student advocates from across the United States and Canada have participated in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States. The competition tests skills in appellate brief writing and oral advocacy on issues drawn from real cases, providing experience in environmental litigation first hand. The competition draws more than 200 competitors from diverse law schools and 200 attorneys who serve as judges for three days of oral arguments.

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