IU McKinney's Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team Prepares for Competition in Austria


Willem C. Vis Moot Team 2014Members the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law spent much of the spring semester outlining, briefing, preparing, and finding the funds to travel to Vienna, Austria April 11-18 for the competition.

Team members Devin Hillsdon-Smith, Timothy Dunn, Vanessa Woolsey, and Minji Park are all in a class taught by Professor Frank Emmert. They took part in pre-moot competitions against national and international competitors, and practiced together every Thursday evening at the law school. The team was coached by Jessica Moyer and Michael Blackwell, ’13.

“The team has shown a tremendous amount of dedication, both on a weekly and a daily basis,” said Moyer.

The opportunity to put what they’ve learned in the classroom into practice is part of the competition’s appeal for the team.

“I’ve learned a lot just by practicing and taking part in the preparation” for the competition, said Park.

“After learning a lot of theory-based stuff,” said Woolsey, “this is an opportunity to gain some practical, real world experience.”

And for at least one team member, it’s been a means to define a career path.

“This is what I want to do,” Hillsdon-Smith said of commercial arbitration.

The team was not as successful as they would have liked to be in the competition, but appreciated the experience.

"We did not receive any awards, nor did we advance to the final rounds," Woolsey said. "However, overall, it was a great experience, and we all feel like we did our best and look forward to using the skills we gained in the future!"


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