Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team

2016 UW Vis at the Michael Thorsnes Vis Pre-Moot

2016 Vis Team in San Diego
(L-R) 2016 Vis members Sophie Jin, Zachary Gussin, Raz Barnea, Hathaway Burden, Kelsey Christianson, and Elisabeth Forsyth; Coach Andrew Murphy.

The Vis Team recently competed in the Michael Thorsnes Vis Pre-Moot in San Diego, CA. The team advanced to the semi-finals, and three members won speaker awards. Congratulations to all for such a strong showing!

Best Speaker:
Zachary Gussin
Second Best Speaker:
Raz Barnea
Honorable Mention:
Elisabeth Forsyth

About the Competition:

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is an annual moot court competition devoted to the resolution of international commercial disputes through arbitration. Competitions occur around the end of March or the beginning of April in both Vienna and Hong Kong. The University of Washington team typically alternates between the two, competing in Vienna one year and Hong Kong the next year. The team attends a fun regional competition a month prior in sunny San Diego, California.

In 2015, the UW team competed through the semi-final rounds of a regional competition in San Diego in February. In April, the team argued among almost 300 other Universities from around the world in the Vienna rounds.

Time Commitment:

The Vis team is a two-year commitment and requires approximately 4-5 hours per week from October through February for both your second and third years of law school. From October until January the team is devoted to researching, writing, and editing two briefs. The first brief is submitted in December, the second in January. From February until April the team meets approximately two times a week to prepare for oral arguments.

The team competes in a two-day regional competition in San Diego during an early weekend of February. The big international competition lasts approximately 10-11 days. If generally falls partially during the week of Spring Break, but students should still be prepared to possibly miss a few days of classes early in Spring Quarter while the team competes in Vienna or Hong Kong.

Written Component:

1 Brief for Claimant, due in December; 1 Brief for Respondent, due in January 


Andrew Murphy, Alex Wu, Peter Day, Theo Myhre, Laura Zanzig, Dara Levinson, and many other former team members and supporters!

2015–2016 Members:

Elisabeth Forsyth (3L)

Sophie Jin (3L)

Raz Barnea (2L)

Hathaway Burden (2L)

Kelsey Christianson (2L)

Zachary Gussin (2L)

How to Join the Team:

Tryouts for new members will take place in May 2016, shortly after the HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition.

For More Information:

Contact Elisabeth Forsyth ( for any questions about the team.

2014–2015 Members:

Mallory Bouchee (3L)

Anne Dorshimer (3L)

Courtney Hood (3L)
Elisabeth Forsyth (2L)
Sophie Jin (2L)
Brooks Lindsay