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Stetson Law wins awards for written and oral advocacy at international competition in Hong Kong


Stetson University College of Law students received awards for excellence in written and oral advocacy at the Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong on April 6.

(L-R): Professor Joseph Morrissey, Jeremy Bailie, Alisa French, Carmen Herrera Valverde, Yesica Liposky, Rachel Lopez Sanchez, Paul Crochet and Professor Stephanie Vaughan. Not pictured: Davis Watson III. Photo courtesy Michael and Mariane Crochet.

(L-R): Professor Joseph Morrissey, Jeremy Bailie, Alisa French, Carmen Herrera Valverde, Yesica Liposky, Rachel Lopez Sanchez, Paul Crochet and Professor Stephanie Vaughan. Not pictured: Davis Watson III. Photo courtesy Michael and Mariane Crochet.

The team, including Stetson Law students Jeremy Bailie, Paul Crochet, Alisa French, Carmen Herrera Valverde, Yesica Liposky, Raquel Sanchez Lopez and Davis Watson III, received honorable mention awards for both the Claimant’s Memorandum and the Respondent’s Memorandum at the international advocacy competition. Crochet also earned an honorable mention award for individual best oralist.

Stetson and Harvard were the only teams out of 22 American teams to receive accolades for both written submissions.

“With over 700 students participating, this is an incredible feat,” said Stetson Law Professor Joseph Morrissey, who co-coached the team with Professor Stephanie Vaughan. Vaughan is also associate director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson.

This year, Stetson’s Vis East team also included two J.D./Grado exchange students.

“They were incredible ambassadors for Stetson and a wonderful example of the international nature of our team and our law school,” said Professor Morrissey.

The Vis Moot was started in 1994 by the United Nations Commission on Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes.

This year, for the first time, a team from Kabul, Afghanistan, competed, having been sponsored by the U.S. government under an initiative to bring developing countries into this global dispute resolution training program.

Stetson’s Center for Excellence in International Law is home to the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy, and hosts international advocacy competitions and offers study abroad opportunities around the world.

To learn more about international programs at Stetson, visit http://www.law.stetson.edu/international.