Campbell Law advocates earn fourth place in 17th Willem Vis East Moot competition

Photo of Willem Vis Hong Team posing in Dean's Conference room

RALEIGH — Campbell Law advocates earned honorable mentions, or fourth place ex aequo out of more than 130 universities, for both written memoranda: the Claimant’s and Respondent’s.

“This is a huge achievement, as getting recognition for both written submissions is very rare,” said the team’s coach, Campbell Law Professor Raluca Papadima, in a congratulatory email.

“Two days ago, we were sad to find out that, despite our predictions and excellent performances in the oral rounds by Miller Capps  and Rebecca Skahen, we were not among the 16 teams that advanced to the elimination rounds. But today, we celebrate!” 

The 17th Vis East Moot made history by being held virtually from March 22-29, 2020, much like the American Bar Association’s annual national Client Counseling Competition — the only two moot court or trial advocacy competitions that have not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the past, Campbell Law has sent teams to compete in Hong Kong, where the Vis East Moot has historically been held.

The team is also made up of Peyton Linley Derrow, Oumayma El Hamzaoui, Robert Chase Pearson, Adella Grace Shaffer and Daniel Alan Goldstein (student coach).

“I want to thank all of you for your help in polishing the legal arguments and making this happen,” Papidima wrote. “The team is now more determined than ever to give its very best during the oral rounds of the online version of the Vienna Willem Vis competition, which starts next Friday, despite the absolutely horrific schedule: our arguments in the general round are scheduled at 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the morning. That will require a lot of coffee!”

You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook at the following clickable link

This year’s Problem and Clarifications can be found at  the 17th Vis East Moot website. Click here to link to the 17th Vis East Moot page.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2019, Campbell Law celebrated 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.