Society has Strong Showing at Vis (West) International Competition in ViennaApril 06, 2007
Fordham's Dispute Resolution Society traveled to Vienna, Austria to compete in the Willem C. Vis (West) International Commercial Arbitration Moot this past week. Matt Parrott (LAW '08) and Melissa Rasmussen (LAW '08) brought great distinction to Fordham's program arguing against Panamericana University of Guadalajara, Mexico. The judges all noted Fordham's excellent preparation and understanding of the problem. For the second argument round, Matt and Melissa faced Bonn University of Germany. Coach David Cole (LAW '07), a former Vis West competitor himself, stated that Matt's arguments was "one of the best rounds I have ever seen." Jennifer Schramm (LAW '08) and Lee Goldberg (LAW '08) competed against the University of Mainz, from Germany and the University of Bucharest. Judges were similarly impressed at the level of preparation and understanding that Fordham's team brought to the Moot.
Matthew Parrott was awarded a Best Oralist Honorable Mention. Matt's award marks the second time in the Society's short history in the Vienna Moot that a Fordham competitor has received this distinction. The award is especially meaningful considering that this year marked the largest the Moot has ever been, with some 1,000 law students from 52 countries competing. As Matt noted upon being recognized for this award, "the recognition truly belongs to all of my teammates here in Vienna." Team coaches David Cole and Lauren Mayne (LAW '07) spent over five months working with the team in preparation for the Moot.
Of the 178 schools competing, 32 advance past the preliminary rounds. Fordham finished 33 overall, the highest in the program's history.