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From left to right: Trevor Harley, Helene Gogadze, Meredith Dement, Renee-Lauren Ellis, Christina Manfred, Chelsea Severson, William Herman, Sarah Wyss, and Harris Weinstein (coach).

Against International Competition, CUA
Vis Moot Court Team Places in Top Quarter

It was a different hemisphere this time, but it yielded another stellar result.

An eight-member team from the Columbus School of Law travelled round the world to Hong Kong to participate in the Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, held from March 23 to 29, 2009. While Catholic University has sent a team to the sister Vis moot competition in Vienna, Austria, in recent years, this was the school's first appearance in the Hong Kong event.

And as their predecessors did, the 2009 Vis Moot team displayed impressive preparation and talent. The team reached the "Sweet Sixteen" knockout round in the oral competition before being eliminated. Overall, the team ranked 10th out of 64 law schools from four continents. In addition the team received Honorable Mention for its respondents memorandum.

They competed against teams from law schools in India, China, Germany and Slovenia and received excellent feedback from an international group of distinguished judges.

The goal of the Vis Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client, and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

"We were helped a great deal by CUA staff and faculty, including our coaches, Professors Antonio Perez and Harris Weinstein, and assistant coach Professor Joseph Brubaker," said co-captain Sarah Wyss, 3L.

This year's team members were Co-Captains Meredith DeMent and Sarah Wyss; Will Herman, Helene Gogadze and Christin Manfredi, all class of 2009; and Renee-Lauren Ellis, Trevor Harley and Chelsea Severson, class of 2010.