Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition

The Client Counseling and Negotiation Board will be hosting

The 2016 Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition

March 18 - March 20, 2016.

The Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition is held at the University of Richmond Law School in honor of the late United States District Court Judge. A graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law, Judge Merhige presided over several groundbreaking cases, including the desegregation of Virginia schools in 1972 and the admittance of female students at the University of Virginia in 1970. Over the course of his thirty-one years on the bench, Judge Merhige showed a sincere commitment to the environment, imposing a $13 million fine against Allied Chemical for its pollution of the James River and Chesapeake Bay with the insecticide Kepone and encouraging the company to institute an $8 million cleanup fund. Judge Merhige retired in 1998 and returned to private practice at the law firm of Hunton & Williams. Sadly, Judge Merhige passed away in 2005. Each year, the University of Richmond Client Counseling and Negotiation Board honors his legacy through the spirit of this competition.

The deadline for registration is Friday, January 16, 2016. Applications accepted, and teams admitted on a rolling basis. This year's Registration Form is available here. Registration forms must be submitted by mail to the following address:

Client Counseling & Negotiation Board
University of Richmond School of Law
Attn: National Environmental Negotiation Competition
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, Virginia 22173

The registration fee for each team is $400. The fee should be submitted by check payable to the University of Richmond by January 16, 2016. Please mail all checks to the address above. Cancellations and refund requests must be received on or before January 16, 2016 at the address provided above.

The competition will feature a field of sixteen teams from around the country. Competitors will be judged by local and environmental law attorneys. All competitors will compete Saturday, culminating in a final round on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

The winning team will receive a prize of $300. The second place team will receive $150.

Further information, including the rules of the competition, important dates, and other preparation materials, will be released as the competition approaches.

For more information, please contact The National Robert R. Merhige Jr. Environmental Negotiation Competition.