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Selecting the Penn State Vis Moot Team

The Penn State Law Vis Moot Team is open to all 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students. It is the only moot court competition open to both J.D. and LL.M students. Any student who wishes to be a member of the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team must try out in the team selection process in August. Students are highly recommended to take or be registered for “International Commercial Arbitration.” 

During the fall semester, all students will assist in writing both the Claimant’s and Respondent’s brief in addition to attending lectures on International Commercial Arbitration. Students will also engage in practice moots to further refine their arguments.

The final team going to Vienna is selected in late January following the annual Penn State Law Pre-Moot. Students who wish to be members of the team must participate in the Pre-Moot.

The final team is selected by Professor Rogers based on student performances in the brief writing phase and performance at the Pre-Moot.

 Catherine Rogers (Faculty Adviser)

Professor Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law where she serves as the faculty director of Penn State Law's Vis Moot program. Additionally, she holds  a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor.​ Professor Rogers is also a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration and the founder and director of Arbitrator Intelligence.

 Jud Mathews (Informal Faculty Adviser)

Jud Mathews' scholarship brings a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to questions of public law. He has written extensively about techniques of constitutional rights adjudication, in the United States and in other jurisdictions, and in particular about proportionality review. His scholarship in administrative law has explored, among other topics, the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. His dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law, is the basis of a forthcoming book to be published by Oxford University Press. Titled Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, the book explores how constitutional rights reshape legal relations among private parties in different jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Mathews was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

 Matko Ilic (Coach)

Matko Ilić is a third-year law student at Penn State Law and the current co-coach of the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team. He participated in 24th William C. Vis Moot as an advocate for the Penn State Law.

A native Croat, he studied international relations and German studies at Boston College and the University of Eichstӓtt-Ingolstadt. At Boston College, he graduated magna cum laude, finishing among the top 7% of his class. Today, he is the President of the Penn State International Arbitration Group (PSIAG) and the Admissions/Research Editor of the Penn State Arbitration Law Review (ALR). As a former Associate Editor of the Yearbook on Arbitration and Mediation, Matko has written a scholarly article on the Croatian-Slovenian arbitral dispute regarding the Bay of Piran/Savudrija.

Seung-Woon Lee 
(Coach)

 

Seung-Woon Lee is a third-year law student at Penn State Law and the current co-coach of the Penn State Law Vis Moot Team. He participated in 24th William C. Vis Moot as an advocate for the Penn State Law.

A native Korean, he studied international management at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan.

He is currently a senior editors of the Penn State Arbitration Law Review (ALR). His studies focus on international arbitration. This summer he worked for the Honorable Ashely M. Chan in the United States Bankruptcy Court of Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he wishes to practice in international arbitration.


Alban Dautaj
(Advocate)

Alban Dautaj is an LL.M. student from Sweden specializing in Sports Law and International Arbitration. With work experience in legal counseling and as a lay judge, he has acquired an invaluable feeling for working with and against individuals and maintaining a good relationship. 

For the past year, he has been working and interning as a legal advisor at Lawline which is the biggest online law firm in Sweden. During his studies in Sweden he has been volunteering for a project that was started to help vulnerable people with legal issues. 


Garrett Peterson
(Advocate)

Garrett Peterson is a second-year law student at Penn State Law. He is from Iowa. He attended Iowa State University, where he obtained undergraduate degrees in Business Economics and Anthropology. His studies at Penn State Law are focused on International law, upon graduation he hopes to work with International trade and development.



William Sandman
(Advocate)
 

William Sandman is a second-year law student at Penn State Law. He is from Daytona Beach, Florida. He attained an undergraduate degree from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida in Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He is focusing his studies in law school on International and Criminal Law. He hopes to work in those areas after graduation.



Martin Souto-Diaz
(Advocate)
 

Martín Souto-Díaz is a third-year student at Penn State Law specializing in civil rights, immigration law, and international law. He is Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and captain of Penn State Law’s Jessup Moot Court Team this year. As Chair of Recruitment for Penn State Law’s Moot Court Board he also oversees appellate advocacy candidates, problems, and competitions. His research has focused on the international humanitarian duties of States, and constitutional interpretation doctrine. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Martín majored in European History and Modern Languages at the University of Puerto Rico.



Kiran Manokaran
(Advocate)

Kiran Manokaran is an LL.M. 2018 student from India. He obtained his Bachelors in Law from SASTRA University and graduated as the Best Outgoing Student of his batch. Being a passionate mooter, he has participated in over 11 moot court competitions including Jessup and has mentored several teams for various moot competitions in India. He is also the recipient of the 'Best Law Student (Male) of the year 2016-17 award conferred by the Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training(MILAT) and the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).