Vis Arbitral Moot


Each academic year, the KBH Energy Center sponsors a team in the premiere moot court competition focused on international dispute resolution, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

In 2015, five students competed on Texas Law’s team at the Vis Arbitral Moot in Hong Kong: Ashleigh Acevedo, Lauren Miller, Josh Nosal, David Presley, and Xin Zhang.

The team was coached by Garrett Martin (Texas Law JD ’14), then a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas.

In 2014, six students competed on Texas Law’s team at the Vis Arbitral Moot in Vienna: Ashleigh Acevedo, Burton DeWitt, Lauren Miller, Josh Nosal, Hayden Schottlaender, and Zahra Usmani. Two 3Ls who represented Texas Law in the 2013 Vis Moot – Becca Bennie and Garrett Martin – returned as student coaches.

The team was coached by KBH Energy Center Executive Director Melinda Taylor and three attorneys from Baker Botts’ international arbitration practice: partners Michael P. Lennon, Jr., and Jennifer Smith (Texas Law JD ’90 and associate Dustin Appel.

The Vis Arbitral Moot is designed to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution. The competition is held in Hong Kong in March and in Vienna in April and typically attracts participants from more than 200 law schools and 100 countries.

In 2012, two Texas Law students, Ji Nin Loh and Emmanuel Garcia, received honorable mention awards for their individual oratory skills.