RALEIGH — Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard has announced that McGuire Woods Attorneys is financially sponsoring a team of Campbell Law student advocates competing at the 26th annual William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on March 31- April 6 in Hong Kong, China.
The team includes third-year students Taylor Langley and Sarah Skinner and second-year students Lindsey Reedy, Joseph Gorga, and Michael Chaney. The team is coached by Adjunct Professor Andy Penry, a partner at Penry Reimann, PLC and Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway ’86.
“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 country how our first-class advocacy program is molding the future leading attorneys of tomorrow. We are in debt to them for their generosity.”
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. Law students participate in two separate but equally important phases: the research and writing of memoranda for both claimant and respondent, and oral arguments based upon the memoranda. Both phases are judged by panels of international arbitration experts. The Moot problem always involves a contract dispute arising out of a transaction relating to the sale and purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
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Terrence M. Bagley is a 1982 graduate of Campbell Law and served as chairman of the law school’s Board of Visitors from 2012 to 2018. He is former deputy managing partner of McGuireWoods and former chairman of the firm’s litigation department. His practice focuses on products liability, toxic tort, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in defending clients in automotive, power products, and asbestos litigation. He has litigated throughout the United States and has tried products cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He has also argued cases in state and federal courts of appeal. He has served as national and regional counsel in mass tort cases, including cases pending before various multidistrict litigation (MDL) courts.