Inaugural Vis Practice Moot Provides an Educational Experience to Students from Around the WorldFebruary 24, 2007
Fordham's Dispute Resolution Society hosted their inaugural Vis Practice Moot today, bringing together competitors from 25 law schools spanning three continents. Over 100 competitors gathered for the day to practice the substance and presentation of their arguments in preparation for the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Fordham's Practice Moot is the largest of its kind.
A cocktail reception on Friday, February 23, kicked off the event, bringing out-of-town guests to Times Square in the heart of New York City. Competitors and arbitrators enjoyed drinks, food, and good company – providing an opportunity to discuss their preparation and differing approaches to the competition problem.
On Saturday, February 24, the event brought together over 200 professionals, including noted scholars and academics, former Vis competitors, coaches, and practitioners – all bringing an expertise in international commercial arbitration. Student competitors commented on the educational value of the event, noting that tough questioning by the arbitral panels helped them to identify those areas of their arguments that may need further research and practice. The Practice Moot began with registration and breakfast. Two argument rounds occurred during the morning, providing opportunities for students to present their argument, and for others to watch. Lunch was served, before the afternoon argument rounds began. The day's events ended with a cocktail reception.
"The event was a great success. I am thankful to our volunteer arbitrators for providing a valuable educational experience to the competitors. Our goal in organizing and hosting the Practice Moot was to provide an informative and educational experience for the competitors. This inaugural moot far exceeded our expectations," said Society Chairperson, Stephen Grable.
The Society anticipates hosting the event again next year, and expects that the number of participating schools will increase. "There will be the Vienna Moot, the Hong Kong Moot, and now the New York Moot," joked Professor Curtis Pew of Cardozo Law School.