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The Penn State Vis Moot Team

The Penn State Law Vis Moot Team is open to all 2L, 3L, and LLM students. It is the only moot court competition at Penn State Law open to both JD and LLM students. The process of selecting the team takes place in July and August. Students apply by writing a brief and making an oral argument based on the brief. For more information on the selection process, contact coach Adam Wage. Team members are required to take International Commercial Arbitration.

 Megan Brightfield

Megan Brightfield is a second-year student pursuing her J.D. at Penn State Law. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied Political Science, Economics, and Sociology at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Megan spent the summer following her 1L serving as a Research Assistant for Penn State Law, exploring topics involving employment law and the evolving COVID-19 response. She also worked as a legal volunteer for the Hawai’i Workers’ Center, researching topics involved with their core mission and distilling these findings for their constituents. 

Joshua Hicks

Joshua Hicks is a second-year student pursuing his J.D. at Penn State Law. He is a first-generation high school graduate, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a B.A. Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Berea College. Prior to attending Penn State Law, Josh worked in the financial services industry as a financial analyst, accruals analyst, market strategist, and researcher. From 2014 to 2020, Josh served in the United States Marine Corps as a Satellite Communications Operator, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. His focus at Penn State Law is International Law. 

Stephan Bergmann Johansen

Stephan Bergmann Johansen is a second-year student pursuing his J.D. at Penn State Law. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Stephan pursued a degree in international and European law at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, where he specialized in EU Competition Law and graduated valedictorian in 2019. Originally from Oslo, Norway, Stephan has lived in France, New Jersey and Belgium for a number of years and very much considers himself a global citizen. In addition to being on the Vis Moot team, Stephan is involved in the Corporate Law Society and the Federalist Society at Penn State Law. Upon graduation, Stephan wishes to pursue a career in antitrust at a top-tier law firm.

Melanie Ouma

Melanie Ouma is a second-year international student from Nairobi, Kenya pursuing her J.D. at Penn State Law. Her interests are in International Criminal Law and International Arbitration. In her two years at Penn State Law, Melanie has been increasingly involved law school organizations and at the university at large. Melanie has served as 1L representative for the Women's Law Caucus, and as delegate for the law school within the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). In her 2L year, Melanie is serving her second year as delegate with GPSA, Secretary for the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and Treasurer for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. 

Austin Watrous

Austin Watrous is a second year law student pursuing his J.D. at Penn State Law. He is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and studied Business and Pre-Law at Davenport University. Austin participated in NCAA Division II Track and Field throughout his undergraduate years. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Austin served as an ambassador of legal student technology. Austin spent the summer following his 1L year as part of the Startup Law Academy in Los Angeles, California (remotely) following tech startups and immigration law. His focus at Penn State Law is International Taxation, and International Commercial Law. 

Adam Wage Adam Wage (Coach)

Adam Wage is a fourth-year joint degree student pursuing his J.D. and Master’s in International Affairs. He is originally from Binghamton, New York, and studied International Relations, Economics, and French at SUNY Geneseo. Adam participated in Model United Nations throughout his undergraduate years. During the 2017/2018 academic year, Adam served as the Social Media Coordinator for the Penn State International Arbitration Group (PSIAG). Adam spent the summer following his 1L year in Rochester, New York helping people with civil immigration questions with the nonprofit Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County, Inc. His focus at Penn State Law is International Law, and his concentration at Penn State School of International Affairs is Dispute Resolution. Adam was a member of Penn State Law's Championship-winning 2019 Vis Moot Team. 

 Jud Mathews (Faculty Adviser)

Professor Jud Mathews has served as a faculty adviser to Penn State Law's Vis Moot Team for four years. He teaches courses in civil procedure, administrative law, constitutional law, and arbitration. He is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press, Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, and Proportionality Balancing and Constitutional Governance: A Global and Comparative Approach  (co-written with Alec Stone Sweet). 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.