UF Law students excel on international stage
UF Law students excelled on the international stage at the 2019 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition in China. 3Ls Kiersten Cash, Elliot Haney, and Ryan Schwamm and 2L Porfirio Gueiros competed in the Shanghai Pre-Moot and defeated a field of 26 schools from all over the world to take first place.
In addition to the team award, Schwamm was named Best Oralist and Haney, Cash, and Gueiros were awarded individual Honorable Mentions. In Hong Kong, the field expanded to 140 international teams, and UF Law’s team advanced to compete in the quarterfinal round. Haney placed as the 2nd Runner-up Best Advocate and Schwamm was awarded Honorable Mention. The competition centered around a complex International Arbitration dispute. Throughout the entire academic year, the competing students learn new areas of legal practice and research, draft two complete memorials and prepare arguments on both sides of the issue.
The entire Vis competition involves nearly 600 teams from all over the world. International arbitration practitioners travel to the Moots and Pre-Moots to judge, challenging the competitors to perform at a high level.
UF Law is proud to congratulate this year’s team, and also recognizes the student coaches: 2Ls Gabe Franca, Patrick Hosch, and Dylan White for helping to bench the team and assist with research throughout the year.