McGeorge School of Law

Solid Year For Vis Team

April 4, 2008

Marcell Neri, Katie Ambrose, Richard Gilbert

The 2008 McGeorge Vis Team: From left, Marcell Neri, Katie Ambrose, Richard Gilbert. Not pictured, Ian Frazer

McGeorge finished in the top half of the 15 th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held March 14-20 in Vienna, Austria.

Katie Ambrose 3D, Ian Frazer 3D, Richard Gilbert 3E and Marcell Neri 3D argued against teams from the University of Freiburg (Germany), Vilnius University (Lithuania), University of Posznan (Poland) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland). McGeorge was seeded 96 th in the 204-team field but did not advance to the elimination rounds. Carlos III University of Madrid won the competition.

The Vis Arbitral Moot is considered one of the most prestigious moot court events in the world. Leading scholars in the field of international sales law and international arbitration come to Vienna each year to act as arbitrators and judge law schools from all over the world, including American schools such as Harvard, NYU, Boalt Hall and Georgetown.

The top-half finish capped an exciting year for the team. In February, the University of San Diego sponsored its 2 nd annual Pre-Vis Moot for any team that wanted to better prepare itself for the Vienna Moot. Ambrose, Frazer, Gilbert and Neri captured second place in an 18-team field, losing only to Pepperdine in a close championship round. Fraser was awarded the top oral advocate prize and Gilbert took second-place honors. Professor Eric McElwain coached and accompanied the team to both competitions.