Campbell Law competed at the 26th annual William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot from March 31 to April 6 in Hong Kong, China.
Sponsored by McGuire Woods Attorneys, the team included third-year students Taylor Langley and Sarah Skinner and second-year students Lindsey Reedy, Joseph Gorga and Michael Chaney. The team was coached by Adjunct Professor Andy Penry, a partner at Penry Reimann, PLC and Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway ’86.
The team competed in four preliminary rounds and received praise for their conversational tone, unique legal arguments, and their overall presence and style.
Following are the comments the arbitrators — hailing from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Afghanistan — had for the team following Round One: “Very tight arguments; obviously spent a great deal of time in preparation; the structure was clear; handling of questions was impressive.”
On Tuesday, Skinner provided the following update:
The Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of the procedure: research, drafting and advocacy. International business community’s marked preference for arbitration as the means for resolving trans-border commercial disputes, is the exact skill the Vis Moot chooses to enhance.
“McGuire Woods has financially paved the way for our student advocates, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with them,” Leonard said. “Their gift provides the opportunity for our students to learn, get competitive experience and show the rest of the world how our first-class advocacy program is molding the future leading attorneys of tomorrow. We are in debt to them for their generosity.”