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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.

Ashley Clasen Ashley Clasen (Oralist)

Ashley Clasen is a fourth-year joint degree student pursuing her J.D. and Master of International Affairs. She attended East Carolina University where she earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science. Ashley has interned in a variety of fields of law, including, veterans’ affairs; family law; criminal law; and, commercial law. She has experience as an educator of American law abroad. She has served or is currently serving in executive positions of several organizations, such as the Military Law Caucus (MLC) and Student Government Association. While serving as Vice President for MLC, Ashley helped establish an annual fundraiser to benefit local, homeless veterans and a fellowship that provides a stipend for select students who earn unpaid internships with the military. Ashley helped pilot legal literacy, a class designed to teach legal research skills to incarcerated persons, through the Restorative Justice Initiative. She spent 2017-2018 teaching the course in Centre County Correctional Facility and now serves as a content specialist for the 2018-2019 instructors.  She hopes to enter into a practice area that is international in scope.

Maria Ashby DomenechMaria Ashby Domenech (Oralist)

 

Maria Ashby Domenech is a Spanish and American LL.M. student at Penn State Law. She attended the University of Barcelona, where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws and got honors in all of the Civil Law courses, as well as in International Economic Law, Philosophy of Law, and Public Administration. During her last semester in university, she worked as a law clerk for a Judge at Civil Law Courts in Barcelona, where she gained some procedural legal experience. In addition, she obtained a certification issued by the University of Barcelona on European Law and Consumer Contracts, and contributed to the translation into Spanish of the Draft Common Frame of Reference (“D.C.F.R.”). Her LL.M. is focused on International Arbitration, and she intends to prepare for the New York and Spanish Bar Exams once she finishes the program in order to be able to practice law in both jurisdictions.


Alice Adu Gyamfi (Oralist)

Alice Adu Gyamfi is a Ghanaian American public policy analyst currently pursuing her J.D. at Penn State Law. Alice’s interest in International Arbitration has led her to become a Researcher for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law on Commercial and Investor State Arbitration. Further, Alice’s academic and professional scholarship have focused extensively on the intersection of digital innovation, youth and diaspora led initiatives and its expansion of civil liberties, particularly in West Africa. Alice obtained her B.A. in International Politics, International Relations and African Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. While completing her P.B.C. at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Alice produced and published her thesis, A Study of Critical Migrant Populations and their Detention. As a consistent advocate for entrepreneurship, breeding leadership, Alice pioneered a scholarship foundation through the Youth for Human Rights Organization and since 2014, has awarded full tuition scholarships to young women in Ghana, Cameroon, and Nigeria.

Yousra JouglafYousra Jouglaf (Oralist)

Yousra Jouglaf is a J.D. student at Penn State Law, originally from Morocco and having grown up in Chicago, Illinois. She obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Miami University, graduating early and going on to obtain her M.A. in Political Science with certifications by the National Science Foundation in statistical programming and batched data analysis. During her Masters, she produced and defended her thesis, titled Racial Disparities in the U.S. Criminal Justice System. She worked as a legal clerk at Cremer, Spina, Shaughnessy, Jansen, & Siegert in Chicago before deciding to pursue her J.D., and has taken executive positions in many organizations at Penn State, including SBA and Phi Delta Phi. She is eager to work alongside her teammates and learn from the coaches of the Penn State Vis Moot Court team.


Sanya Darakhshan Kishwar (Oralist)

Sanya Darakhshan Kishwar is an Indian LL.M. student at Penn State Law. She obtained her Integrated Bachelor’s degree in Science and Law from Central University of South Bihar, with Honors in Business Law. A mooting enthusiast, she has participated in national and international moot courts in India and was also the recipient of the 'Best Law Student Award’ conferred by the Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT) and the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) in the 3rd Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon SAARC Moot Court Competition, 2017-18. She aspires to have a specialization in Gender Justice in the perspective of International Humanitarian Law and War Crimes while exploring the areas of Ethics in War.


Augusto Garcia Sanjur
Augusto Garcia Sanjur (Oralist)

Augusto Garcia Sanjur is a Panamanian LL.M. student at Penn State Law and is currently the LL.M. Senator of his class. During his studies in Panama, he participated as Captain of his team in the International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Latin America in 2016 and 2017, and in other competitions on Human Rights, United Nations, and Public International Law. He was also appointed to participate in a Panamanian delegation to increase the international trade in Beijing, China. He has written articles on arbitration and has been a speaker on the topic “Dissolution of the Arbitral Tribunal”. In addition, he is an author of numerous articles on law and politics in the biggest newspapers in Panama. He speaks Spanish and English.


Muhamed Tulic
Muhamed Tulic (Oralist)

Muhamed Tulic is a Bosnian Herzegovinian Summa cum laude Law graduate from the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo. He was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and spent one academic year at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, where he attended classes from joint degree program of Law and International Relations. He is currently pursuing his LL.M. Degree at Penn State Law, specializing in International Arbitration. During his undergraduate studies, he actively participated in moot court competitions for the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo in the fields of Human Rights, Criminal procedure and International Commercial Arbitration, in both national and international competitions. He currently holds the position of Research Assistant to Professor Catherine Rogers and is a Secretary of the Penn State International Arbitration Group. He has a strong interest and passion for International arbitration and hopes to pursue his career in this field. He is fluent in Bosnian, English, Spanish, and German.


Adam Wage
Adam Wage (Oralist)

Adam Wage is a second-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). Vis Moot is Adam’s first moot court experience. 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 Wage is a second-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). Vis Moot is Adam’s first moot court experience. 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.Catalina Bizic (Coach)

Catalina Bizic is a Romanian LL.M. student at Penn State Law. She holds an LL.B. and an LL.M. in International Arbitration from the University of Bucharest, Romania, as well as an LL.B. from the Collège Juridique Franco-Roumain d’Études Européennes. She has participated in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Willem C. Vis moot. In the latter, she argued up to the semifinals in Hong Kong and received an Honorable Mention for Best Individual Oralist, ranking 11th in the competition. She was an arbitrator and a coach for the 2018 edition, her team qualifying to semifinals in Vienna and round of 32 best teams in Hong Kong. She focuses on alternative dispute resolution, having recently participated in the 8th annual ICC summer course on international arbitration at the ICC in Paris, France. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for Prof. Catherine Rogers on Arbitrator Intelligence and the Third Restatement on US Law on Arbitration. She is also the acting LL.M. President for the Penn State International Arbitration Group (PSIAG).

William SandmanWilliam Sandman (Coach)

William Sandman is a 3L JD student at Penn State Law. He attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where he earned degrees in journalism and creative writing and was Captain of Flagler’s Mock Trial Team. William is the sole remaining team member from the 2017/18 Penn State Law Vis Moot team that advanced to the round of 64 in Vienna for the second time in the last three years. He is focusing his legal studies on international law generally and international arbitration specifically. During his first two summers of law school, William has completed internships in the areas of corporate law and intellectual property. Additionally, William is the current JD President of the Penn State International Arbitration group.