USD Vis Moot Arbitration Teams Place High in Prestigious International Competition

San Diego April 13, 2009 - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law's Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration program recently sent two teams of students to Hong Kong and Vienna to compete in the Willem C. Vis Moot East and Willem C. Vis Arbitral Moot competitions.

The Hong Kong team—Steve Schinko, Larry Chae, Adriana Rodriguez and Seth McCutcheon—competed against approximately 65 schools from around the world, specifically teams from Germany, Japan, India and Australia. The team won an honorable mention award for its respondent brief. Out of the approximate 256 competitors, USD’s Seth McCutcheon won an honorable mention for his oral performance. Samuel Brotman was the Hong Kong team captain.

The Vienna team—Sherlin Tung, Jamaal Knight, Krystal Andersen and Diana Malhis—competed against more than 265 schools from around the world. The Vienna Arbitral Moot is the most prestigious international moot court competition in the world and is commonly referred to as the "Olympics of international trade law." USD defeated past-competition winner, University of Freiburg (Germany), before being surpassed by Columbia University in one of the championship rounds. Out of a field of approximately 1045 competitors, Sherlin Tung won an honorable mention for outstanding oral advocacy. Michelle Miller was the Vienna team captain.  

The competitions mark the first time USD School of Law has been selected to compete in championship rounds in Vienna, the first time USD's writing has been honored with an award, and the highest USD has placed since entering the competition in 2004.

Special thanks to the Vis Moot sponsors Michael Thorsnes, Jeff Krinsk, Howard Finkelstein and William Restis.

About the Willem C. Vis Moot Arbitration

Held annually in Vienna and Hong Kong, the goals of the Vis Arbitral Moot are to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution and to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete client problem.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law's nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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