Great holiday gift idea from Florida Trend!
Florida Trend
Get FREE Business News Updates


November 29, 2015

Stetson College

Top Honors

Pat Dunnigan | 6/1/2005
Six Stetson University College of Law students who spent five months working through the nuances of a hypothetical international business dispute beat out 149 other law schools from 47 countries to win the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna, Austria.

The competition required the students to submit legal briefs and make oral arguments on both sides of the case before a panel of arbitrators. The dispute, which featured a fictional sweets maker seeking damages from a cocoa bean supplier, was laced with complications that included a counterclaim and a tricky jurisdictional issue.

Stetson law professor Jack Graves, who coached the team with colleague Stephanie Vaughan, says team members were unshakable, even in front of an 1,800-member audience that included many of the world's foremost international arbitrators and arbitration scholars.

Future opposing counsel should take warning. "I'd hate to be across the table from them," Graves says.

The team was composed of second-year law students Katherine Hurst, Ryan Jones, Megan Schultz, Tom Yaegers and Kathryn Christian, and third-year student Burks Smith.

Tags: Politics & Law, Space Coast, Government/Politics & Law

Digital Access

Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.


Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Blue Origin launches, lands New Shepard rocket booster
Blue Origin launches, lands New Shepard rocket booster

Blue Origin completed a test flight this week that successfully launched a vehicle to space and landed the rocket booster. 

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Do you think playing daily fantasy sports (and betting) is gambling, or not?

  • Yes, it's gambling
  • No, it's a game of skill

See Results

Ballot Box