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Stetson Law student team wins vis arbitration moot pre-competition in Orlando


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Gulfport, Fla. - A student team from Stetson University College of Law won the Second Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Pre-competition on March 18 in Orlando.

Stetson’s team competed against three other teams from Florida, winning each round of the pre-competition. Stetson Law student Kathryn Christian also won the award for best oralist.

Students Garett Raines and Marina Braginskaya won the first round against Nova Southeastern University. Kathryn Christian and Jared Dolan then argued and won the round against the University of Miami and Hugh Higgins and Adam Williams beat the University of Florida team in the final round.

“It could not have gone better,” said Professor Joe Morrissey, who coached the winning team with Professor Stephanie Vaughan and student coach Ryan Jones. “All of our students participated in earning this victory and argued better than I’ve ever seen them argue. We hope that our preparation here in Florida will lead all of the Florida teams to success in the international competition in Vienna, where this year more than 150 law school teams will compete from over 45 countries.”

Arbitrators from many of the top law firms in Florida judged and helped underwrite expenses. The competition was organized and hosted by the Vis Competition Subcommittee of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Stetson’s moot court team also took home an award for the best memorial at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition last month.

Last year in March, Stetson Law became the first American law school since 1996 to win the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition, held in Vienna, Austria. Teams from 150 law schools in 47 countries competed.