National Animal Law Competitions (NALC) - Law School - Lewis & Clark

10th Annual National Animal Law Competitions

February 15-17th, 2013

Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies • Hosted by Lewis & Clark Law School


In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the National Animal Law Competitions (NALC), this year’s event was held at Lewis & Clark Law School for the very first time.

To watch the final rounds of the 2013 National Animal Law Competitions, please click on the various links below.

Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Final Rounds:

Closing Argument Final Rounds:

For the Appellate Moot Court Competition Final Round, click here.

To watch the Awards Ceremony for the 2013 National Animal Law Competitions, please click here. Presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund The Mediasite program requires Silverlight.

NALC is an inter-law school competition presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund. NALC provides law students from across the United States an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law while honing their written and oral advocacy skills. The event is comprised of three separate competitions:

  • Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition;
  • Closing Argument Competition; and
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition.

Representative Feedback

  • “Thanks so much! This has been an amazing experience.”
  • “NALC was a great experience - and incredibly well-run and well-organized!”
  • “The experience for my two students was one they will never forget, and the countless ‘adjacent’ conversations we had in the general area of animal rights provided them with tremendous exposure to the issues and to being able to think and converse about them.”
  • “What an amazing experience. I learned so, so much, and met so many wonderful people. The first thing I did when I got home was send an e-mail to our SALDF encouraging people to do this next year (and offering to coach them!).”
  • “Just wanted to say a huge thank you for a wonderful event…and for being SO supportive.”
  • “Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in [NALC]. This problem was just great, so well crafted, and it was a delight to work on.”
  • “My team and I had a really great time at NALC this year. Thank you…so much for all your hard work in making the event such a success!”


Registration opened on Monday, October 15th, at 11 a.m. (PST). It is highly recommended to read the competition rules in full before registering. To avoid confusion and potential registration problems, please be sure to internally coordinate how those competing from your law school will handle the registration process, including payment.

We will be using an online registration system this year.  Payment may be made by check or credit card.  Those paying by credit card must call with card info after registering online.

Registration should be completed by the individual competitor or by one team member on behalf of both in the case of the Appellate Moot Court Competition Those submitting registration(s) on behalf of a team or individual competitor should enter the email address of the competitor or one of the team members (Team Member A) on the first registration screen.  This is necessary as the email address will be automatically entered into the competitor field of the registration form. 

In instances where specific competitor information is still unknown, an interim contact from the school should be entered on this first screen.  Please note, the confirmation email will be sent to the email address.

Required information on the registration form includes:

  • Law School name & mailing address;
  • Competitors’ names, year in school, email address, phone number, mailing address.  (Both team members’ info is needed for the Appellate Moot Court Competition. For those schools that hold internal competitions or the like, registration may be completed without specific competitor info.  This information, however, must be provided by November 15th.);
  • Coaches’ names & email address; and
  • The name, email address and phone number for a primary contact, in case of any registration problem and/or question(s).

The competition is open to law students currently seeking a JD from any ABA-approved law school in the United States.  See competition rules for additional information.

Questions?  Please contact Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch at 503.768.6967 or

Registration Links

If it is after 11:00 a.m. on October 15th and you do not see open registration links, try a “hard refresh” on your computer (PC = Ctrl + F5; Mac = Command + R).

  • Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition ($225) - Registration closed.
  • Closing Argument Competition ($225) - Registration closed.
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition ($425) - Registration closed.




Click here to view the competition schedule (last updated February 15, 2013). Note: The schedule is subject to change, so please check back often. The following outline will also provide you with the key schedule elements:

All competition rounds on Saturday and Sunday as well as the Saturday results reception will take place at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Meeting with Closing Argument and Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competitors from approximately 5:45-6:30 p.m. at The Paramount Hotel in downtown Portland.
  • Meeting with Appellate Moot Court Competitors from approximately 6:30-7:15 p.m. at The Paramount Hotel in downtown Portland.

The address for The Paramount Hotel is: 808 SW Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97205.

  • Judges’ Meeting and Reception from approximately 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Stoel Rives LLP in downtown Portland.

The address for Stoel Rives is: The Standard Insurance Building, 900 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 2600 (19th Floor), Portland OR 97204.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Preliminary competition rounds at Lewis & Clark Law School from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Results Reception at Lewis & Clark Law School from approximately 6:45-8:15 p.m.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Semi-final Appellate Moot Court Competition rounds at Lewis & Clark Law School from approximately 8:30-10:00 a.m. 
  • Final competition rounds in the Jack L. Kennedy and Judge Garr King Court in Honor of the Evening Division (McCarty Classroom 1) at Lewis & Clark Law School from approximately 10:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (open to the public)
  • Awards ceremony at Lewis & Clark Law School from approximately 2:45-3:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Venue & Lodging


We have arranged for the Lewis & Clark campus Pioneer Express Bus to stop at the law school during the NALC weekend. The bus picks passengers up in front of the Starbucks at 636 SW Salmon at SW 6th, which is 3 blocks from The Paramount Hotel. Bus service will begin at 7:15 a.m. and will stop at this pickup location at various times once per hour. It takes approximately 20 minutes to travel from downtown to the law school via the Pioneer Express Bus. The bus is free and no ID is required. Please click here for exact pickup times and a map of the pickup location. Note: the law school stops are listed in two different columns depending on which order the bus stops at that location during this special route.

Please also have a backup plan for transportation just in case! Although we anticipate that the buses will arrive as scheduled, unforeseen circumstances can always occur. Here are some phone numbers for local taxi companies should you need them:

  • Broadway Cab: (503) 227-1234
  • Portland Taxi: (503) 256-5400
  • Radio Cab: (503) 227-1212


The Friday evening Competitors’ Meeting will take place from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on February 15 at The Paramount Hotel on the Mezzanine Level. The address for The Paramount Hotel is: 808 SW Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97205.

All competition rounds on Saturday and Sunday February 16-17 will take place at the Lewis & Clark Law School campus at 10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219.  View a map of the campus here


We have reserved a room block at The Paramount Hotel for NALC competitors, coaches and judges.  The Paramount hotel is a lovely, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland, within walking distance of the Portland Art Museum, Pioneer Square, the MAX line, and numerous restaurants and theaters.  Our group rate is $124/night plus tax for single or double occupancy.  There is a $15 charge per night for each additional person.  To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: (800) 716-6199 and request the “National Animal Law Competitions” group block to receive our special rate.  Reservations must be made by January 18, 2013 in order to receive the group rate.  After January 18th, you may contact the hotel to inquire about availability.

Each room include either two queen beds or one king-sized bed, a private bathroom, complimentary high-speed internet access, a TV, a personal refrigerator, two telephones and two phone lines, voicemail, a hairdryer, iron, ironing board, and more. Valet parking is available for $29/day.

Special Thanks

Above all, we would like to thank the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for their incredible support of the National Animal Law Competitions. It is in large part the support of ALDF that makes the event possible year after year. We are grateful for our ongoing collaboration with ALDF and for the significant work individuals at ALDF put into the National Animal Law Competitions.

Thank you, ALDF!

This competition would not be possible without the tremendous work of the individuals who volunteered countless hours writing the competition problems and grading the team briefs and bill & fact sheets. Our sincere thanks to:

Appellate Moot Court Competition:
  • Nicole Roth (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and ALDF)  - Memorandum Opinion, Briefing Order and Bench Brief Author; and
  • Tanith Balaban (Gordon & Rees, LLP) - Brief Grader; and
  • Russ Mead (Animal Law Coalition) - Brief Grader; and
  • Joan Schaffner (The George Washington University Law School) - Brief Grader; and
  • Sonia Waisman (McCloskey Waring & Waisman LLP) - Brief Grader.
Closing Argument Competition:
  • Diane Balkin (Animal Legal Defense Fund) - Problem Author.
Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition:
  • Kara Holmquist (MSPCA) - Problem Author; Bill & Fact Sheet Grader; and
  • Kelly Peterson (HSUS) - Bill & Fact Sheet Grader.

Best Friends Animal Society’s Pit Bull Initiative for helping to support the National Animal Law Competitions by co-sponsoring the Saturday Evening Reception this year. Thank you, Best Friends.