The Client Counseling and Negotiation Board will host
The 2020 Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition
March 28-29, 2020
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. He 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 registration fee for each team is $450. Schools are allowed to enter up to two teams, with a third team if space permits.
Registration will open February 3, 2020.
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, March 28, 2020 culminating in a final round on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
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.