The Pitt Law team of third-year law students Nicholas Chan, Christina Fulponi, and second-year law students Rob Galloway, and Andy Sellitto Ferrari made a great run in the Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot this week. While the moot was all online, rather than in Vienna as is the normal occurrence, all arguments were on Vienna time. The team scored into the top 64 out of 380 teams after the general rounds. On the morning of Weds., Mar. 31 at 2 a.m. they defeated the Kutifin Moscow State team in the round of 64, and bowed out in the round of 32 to the University of Freiburg. They were one of only two US law school teams in the round of 32.
This year, a number of Pitt Law graduates also participated as arbitrators, did significant amounts of the coaching of the Pitt team, and helped train teams from more than 50 other schools. Liz Taylor, Robbi Cimmino, David Zwier, Nadine Hafaitha, Nick Bencsics, and others were a part of this group. Our grad, John Paul Putney enlisted Jones Day (and the Jones Day Foundation) to support three teams from Kenya, one of which (Strathmore University) made the round of 16 teams. Harry Flechtner served as the other faculty coach.