Florida schools compete at Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition
DIMITRIOS PETEVES, a third-year law student from the University of Florida, tied with two other competitors for the Best Oralist award in the recent Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition held in Vienna. Around 300 teams from law schools around the world participated in the event, along with almost 2,000 international arbitrators, professors, and lawyers. The Florida Bar’s International Law Section hosted a preliminary competition for all Florida law schools and then contributed a cash stipend of $3,500 (up from $2,500 in previous years) each to teams from the University of Florida, University of Miami, Stetson, Florida International University, and Florida State University that attended the Vis competition. With the help from the section, “Florida sends more teams to the Vis Moot than most countries do. This helps build Florida’s image as a leader in the field of international law and strengthens our bench of international law practitioners by encouraging law students to enter the field,” said section Chair Eduardo Palmer, who also attended the Vienna event. Aside from Peteves’ award, teams from Stetson and the University of Florida made it to the round of 32 during the competition. Pictured from the left is the Stetson team of Leon Innerkofler, Jonathan Diamond, Sadiya Hashem, Kaelyn Steinkraus, Taylor Ryan, and Brien Squires.