Campbell Law earns honorable mentions in Willem Vis East Moot Competition

Photo of group of Campbell Law advocates competing on Zoom

RALEIGH — Campbell Law advocates finished competing virtually this past weekend in the Hong Kong edition of the Willem Vis East Moot Competition. Ash Giri (2L), Matt Jones (3L), Jenna Nichols (2L), Harsh Shah (2L), Aulie Strickland (3L) and Xander Zupancic (2L) represented Campbell Law in the competition. The team was coached by Assistant Professor Raluca Papadima.

Campbell Law earned two honorable mentions, or fourth place, out of approximately 150 participating universities for both the Claimant memorandum and Respondent memorandum, Papadima said. “Back to back years!,” she said referring to the team’s similar win in 2020. “It is a huge honor to receive this recognition.”

While the team did not advance into the elimination rounds in the oral phase of the competition, they were proud to receive two fourth-place awards, placing Campbell Law once again among the top law schools in the world.

For the second time in competition history, the 18th Vis East Moot was held virtually 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 now practicing for the Willem Vis Vienna Competition, which begins Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Follow the team’s progress on Facebook at the following clickable link

This year’s Problem and Clarifications can be found at the 18th Vis East Moot website. Click here to link to the 18th Vis East Moot webpage.


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 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.