UFLaw Students Score Well in International Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law competing earlier this month in the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (ICAM) competition in Vienna, Austria, finished in the top 16 of 142 teams from law schools representing more than 40 countries.

A five-member UF team, one of 30 participating from United States’ colleges, earned its highest ranking in the six years it has participated in the ICAM tournament designed to encourage study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes.

Four other U.S. law schools also had teams reach the final 16 – Georgetown, Harvard, Texas and Tulane – with Texas the only American team making it to the final eight during the April 1-9 event.

UF competing team members are Daniel Nordby, second-year student from Tallahassee, who received an honorable mention award for his performance as an oralist; Lisset Gonzalez, 3L and team captain/coach, Miami; Karla Haynes, 2L, Yukon, OK; Heather Nason, 2L, Jacksonville; and Tara Rao, 3L, Tampa. Faculty advisors are Sam T. Dell Research Scholar Professor Thomas R. Hurst and Assistant Professor Wayne Hanewicz.

Law students assisting in training and preparations for the travel squad included Michael Bressan, 3L, Sarasota; Christine Derr, 3L, Tampa; Elizabeth Outler, 2L, and Diego Puig, 3L, both of Gainesville; Natalie Stratis, 3L, Treasure Island; Paul Vicary, 2L., Miami; and Rebecca Weinberg, 3L, Deerfield, IL.

UF participation in the international tournament is made possible by the financial support of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group of Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Miami, and John C. And Tifi Bierley, Tampa.

“This is an extremely demanding competition with students competing before arbitrators from a variety of countries who largely come from a civil law background,” Hurst said. “It provides an excellent introduction for our students to international litigation, and is an unparalleled opportunity for them to
interact with outstanding law students from more than 40 foreign countries.”

Countries represented in this 11th annual Vis competition include China, Finland, Spain, Nigeria, Japan, India, Germany, France and Switzerland. Other U.S. law schools represented included those from the universities of Cornell, Columbia, New York, Northwestern, Brigham Young and Syracuse.

Additional information: Faculty Advisor Professor Thomas Hurst (352.392.2244) Team Captain/Coach Lisset Gonzalez (352.505.4154/ lissetg@ufl.edu )

Published: April 20th, 2004

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