DRS Arbitration Team Places 11th in the World

April 12, 2010

Once again, Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society Vis East Arbitration Team achieved outstanding success at the Annual Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Competition, held March 15-24, 2010, in Hong Kong.

The Vis East Team advanced to the elimination rounds and placed an impressive 11th out of 75 participating schools from around the world.
l-r: Mike Grogan ’11, Amy Lawrence ’11, Ben Arrow ’11, Bernard Dufresne ’11

Competitors Ben Arrow ’11, Bernard Dufresne ’11, Mike Grogan ’11, and Amy Lawrence ’11 each delivered arguments for both Claimant and Respondent before some of the most prominent arbitration scholars in the world, including Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer, editor of the leading treatise on international arbitration.  

The team was further recognized when their Memorandum for Respondent was awarded an honorable mention for best brief. Ben Arrow took home an honorable mention for best oralist and Amy Lawrence received the honor of second runner-up for best oralist, placing 3rd out of over 500 competitors.

DRS Vis East Arbitration Editor Jaimie Ginzberg ’10 coached the team, which received substantial assistance from Arbitration Pre-Moot Editor Jackie Elson ’10, Professors Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Vikki Rogers and Whit Gray, alumni coach Sarah Hagans Stoeckel ’05, alumnus Zach Slates
l-r: Grogan, Jaimie Ginzberg ’10, Jackie Elson ’10, Lawrence, Arrow, Professor Whitmore Gray, and Dufresne
’09 as well as the executive board consisting of Michael Camarinos ’10, Nicole Mazanitis ’10, and Elena Poleganova ’10.

“The Society is extremely proud of this global accomplishment, which could not have happened without the dedication and intense, year-long preparation by each member of the team, Jaimie, and Jackie, and the constant support of our professors, alumni and current members,” said Camarinos, Chairman of the Society.

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Program is ranked 10th in the nation by the 2010 U.S. News & World Report. The Dispute Resolution Society competes in national and international mediation, negotiation, and arbitration competitions, hosts an annual symposium attended by hundreds of academics and professionals in the ADR field, hosts the Annual Fordham Vis Practice Moot, and teaches a course on negotiation techniques to local high school students at MLK Jr. High School. For more information, please visit the DRS website.