The Annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, recently concluded in Hong Kong, is among the largest and most prestigious law school moot competitions in the world. Catholic University’s team has competed for eight years and improved in the standings with each one.
Professor Harris Weinstein, who has coached, advised, and mentored the team since its inception, provided the summary of team results for 2014.
April 9, 2014
Our "Team Asia," consisting of co-Captain Josie Vowels '14, Matt Stummer '14, Angel Hernandez '14, and Joey Davis '15, arrived at about 1:30 am Tuesday after some 30 hours of continuous travel from Hong Kong, where they competed in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (East). My understanding is that all of them attended their Tuesday classes.
About 100 law schools from around the world were entered in the Hong Kong Vis, represented by more than 400 law students.
The Vis starts with four general rounds in which all teams competed. The 32 teams with the best scores then competed in a knockout tournament. We prevailed in the round of 32 but were knocked out in the round of 16.
This is the farthest a CUA team has progressed in either of the two major Vis competitions during the eight years we have fielded a team.
Matt Stummer was awarded honorable mention for his oral arguments -- the first time one of our students has received this honor in either of the two majors.
Our Claimant's Memorandum also won honorable mention. We have entered the Hong Kong competition four times; this is the third time we have been recognized for the quality of one of our memoranda.
Prior to arriving in Hong Kong, Team Asia warmed up at a "pre-moot" competition among 28 law schools in Shanghai. We were among the eight teams that qualified for the Shanghai knockouts but lost in the first knockout match. Here too Matthew Stummer received honorable mention for his oral argument skills. We have advanced to the Shanghai knockout rounds in each of the three years we have competed there.
One of our volunteer coaches, Raeka Safai '08, met the team in Hong Kong. Her wisdom, skill, and experience as a member of the teams of 2007 and 2008 made an outstanding contribution to these successes.
Our good fortune includes the work of three other alumnae as volunteer coaches: Renee-Lauren Ellis, a co-captain of the 2010 team, and Kirsten Bender and Frances Bishop, who were respectively the co-captain and captain of last year's team.
Our "Team Europe," comprised of Captain Christina Battaglia '14, Gypsy Clement '14, Pete Rowland '14, and Ryan Kile E'16, competed on Monday and Tuesday in a premoot in Brussels. They will travel to Vienna for the largest Vis competition, which begins on Friday. Last year the Vienna Vis included close to 2000 students from approximately 290 law schools from 67 countries. Frances and Kirsten will join me in working with our team in Vienna.
In closing I note that our outstanding alumnae coaches finance their own travel to the team's foreign matches.