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Moot Court Winners


The Wallace Stegner Center is proud to announce that our student team of Natalie Beal and Stephanie Hanawalt are the winners of the 2021 National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law. The National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court draws approximately forty teams from top environmental programs throughout the country. In the four preliminary rounds, three elimination rounds, and the final oral argument (which was made to four federal judges and broadcast live on YouTube), Natalie and Stephanie represented the S. J. Quinney College of Law with tremendous skill and professionalism.

Natalie and Stephanie’s success would not have been possible without the dedication, enthusiasm and support of their coach Nate Mitchell. Nate Mitchell is a shareholder at Snow, Christensen & Martineau and an alum of the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He has coached the Stegner teams for the WVU energy and sustainability competition for the past three years. His dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism are evident in the past performance of our teams, which have consistently been competitive, and in this year’s number one finish. This year’s team also benefitted from the many individuals who sacrificed evenings or afternoons serving as practice round judges, including (in no particular order): Alex Vandiver, Nate Broadhurst, Rob D’Andrea, Trevor Gruwell, Nathan Marigoni, David Mooers-Putzer, Dani Cepernich, Nathalie Skibine, John Robinson, Dick Baldwin, Douglas Crapo, Trevor Lee, Professor Adler, and Professor Keiter.

The strength of the Stegner Center’s moot court program, which annually sends teams to compete in both the WVU National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition and the Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, is due in no small measure to the S.J. Quinney College of Law’s legal methods and research professors, the appellate advocacy program, and the strong foundation created by past coaches for the Stegner Center Moot Court teams. These coaches include (in chronological order) Melissa Reynolds, Ben Machlis, Jennifer Horne, Bill Richards, Lincoln Davies, Jamie Pleune, Sarah Carlquist, and Bob Adler. Throughout the years, administrative support has been provided by Emily Alpin, Karen Fuller, and Suzanne Faddis.

Without the support of our donors, many of whom have supported our teams year over year, the Stegner Center would not be able to send student teams to both the WVU and Pace competitions. The Stegner Center truly appreciates our donors’ consistent commitment to this important student educational experience. Our most recent donors include the law firms of Clyde Snow & Sessions and Lear & Lear, the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section (ENREL) of the Utah State Bar, and individual donations (in alphabetical order) from Joe Amadon, Jennifer Bowen, Jason Groenewold, Joshua Johnson, Ben Machlis & Kristin Lindstrom, Walter Mason, Jessica Peterson McKinlay, Jim Moore and Kathryn Lindquist, Jamie Pleune, Helen Serrassio, Mark (Rod) Smith, Kate Tipple, and Peter Webster. On behalf of both current and future student competitors, we are most grateful.