Fordham Law

Inaugural Vis Practice Moot Welcomes Students from Around the World

February 24, 2007

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society hosted the inaugural Vis Practice Moot on February 24, bringing together competitors from 25 law schools on three continents. More than 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.

On Saturday, February 24, the event brought together more than 200 professionals, including noted scholars and academics, former Vis competitors, coaches, and practitioners. 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 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 Stephen Grable, Society Chairperson.

The Society plans to host the event again next year and expects that the number of participating schools will increase.

Professor Curtis Pew of Cardozo Law School suggested that the event will rise in prominence as a top competition on the arbitration moot circuit.

"There will be the Vienna Moot, the Hong Kong Moot, and now the New York Moot," Pew said.