Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society Recognized for Advocacy Skills at the Willem C. Vis East International Arbitration Competition

April 16, 2012

Dispute Resolution Society members Caroline Billet '13, Alexandra Blanco '13, Melanie Burke '13 and Shannon Turner '13 competed in the final rounds of 16 teams at the Willem C. Vis East International Arbitration Competition.

The competitors were all individually recognized for their oral advocacy skills. Billet received third place for Best Oral Advocate. Blanco, Burke, and Turner received Honorable Mention awards for Best Oral Advocate.

"I am very proud of this team," said coach Winston Wang '12.  "I am honored and humbled to be allowed to work with four of the best of Fordham Law's students, each of whom manifested her incredible potential under the pressures of a tough international competition."

The Vis East competition is held each year in Hong Kong. Over 90 teams from around the world compete and are presented with the opportunity to argue in front of leading arbitration practitioners. This year’s competition was held at the City University of Hong Kong and featured the newly instated China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) rules.

Team members were supported by Professor Vikki Rogers, Vis West Coach Charlotte Zubizaretta, Society Chairperson Kaitlyn Kerrane '12, Managing Editor Amanda Broitman '12, Competitions Editor Tavish DeAtley '12, and Bench Member Mia Levi '13.  The team was also assisted by many of the Society’s senior members as well as several Fordham Law alumni.