Hamline 3L students John Thiede & Ann Johnson competed in the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition in Vienna earlier this month. They were coached by 3L students Jared Kemper and Neda Shahghasemi, and competed against more than 200 teams from around the world, making it to first round of final competition (with 64 other teams). This strong showing, combined with the "final four" finish of our team in Hong Kong (Hamline's team--3L Doug Edelstein and 2L John Edison, and their coaches, Neda Shahghasemi and Professor Joseph Daly--placed ahead of 60 teams from around the world to emerge as part of the final four teams in that competition) and their first place finish at the related pre-moot competition in Chicago, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and coaches. It also speaks to the strong Legal Research and Writing preparation Hamline students receive.
Professor Daly, who helped secure a generous financial grant from the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi seven years ago to pay students expenses for participating in the prestigious Willem C. Vis competition, said Hamline is a clear leader at the international competition.
"We're routinely outpacing teams from Harvard and Columbia," he noted recently. "Our students also are honing crucial legal skills, making global connections and gaining positive attention that is helping them land satisfying career opportunities in such places as London, Paris and Germany."