Levin College of Law

UF Law students win in Miami, advance to international competition

The UF Law coaches, sponsor and team members for the Miami pre-moot.

UF Law students have again earned a spot in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna after winning The Florida Bar International Law Section’s annual pre-moot in Miami on Feb. 18.

Garrison Cohen (JD 17), David Mittel (JD 17), Paul Punzone (JD 17), and Ashlyn Robinson (JD 17) traveled to Miami to prepare for the 24th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place in Vienna in April.

“After putting in countless hours of practice and research, it was incredible to see our work come to fruition,” Cohen said. The competition comprised of four rounds of arbitration proceedings. In addition to the overall best team award, Punzone was awarded second-best oralist.

Professors Joan Stearns Johnsen and Taryn Marks, as well as Ali Mirghahari (JD 17), who took home honorable mention for best oralist at last year’s competition, provided counsel and coaching to the team.

“Professor Johnsen, Professor Marks, and my fellow teammates have created a strong and competitive team, and our dedication and chemistry is bound to lead to success when we compete in Vienna,” Cohen said. “I feel confident we will advance at the Vis and I am excited to represent UF Law at the international competition and hopefully in the final rounds.”

Pre-moots occur all across the globe in preparation for the Vis Moot. The Miami pre-moot was sponsored by the International Section of The Florida Bar, the JAMS Resolution Center, the Miami International Arbitration Society and the Chartered Institute.

The 24th Vis Moot takes place in Vienna, Austria, from April 7 through April 13. Over 300 teams will travel to compete.

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