LSU Law Students Receive Best Brief Award in Austria

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LSU Law students Erin Bray, Sara Donohue, Carmen Hebert, Andrew Lilly, and Adam Savoie recently returned from Vienna, Austria, where they won an award for Best Brief for the Claimant – Honorable Mention at the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot.

The award was given to only 23 law schools in the world, placing LSU in the top 10 percent of all law schools that participated in the Vienna competition. In all, 233 law schools from 58 countries, including 53 American law schools, competed in Vienna.

Teams write two briefs and participate in oral arguments, with awards being given for Best Claimant’s memorandum, Best Respondent’s memorandum, and top teams in the oral rounds. LSU Law was one of only six American law schools to receive recognition for their written submission.

“When the winning schools were announced, hearing the name ‘Louisiana State University’ on the same list as law schools like Harvard, Sorbonne, University of Vienna, and University of Geneva was as proud of a moment that I could have had as faculty advisor to this group of students,” says Professor Todd Bruno. “I think these students easily put in more than 1,000 hours of work over the last six months, so I was thrilled that they were recognized at the competition.”

LSU Law has now participated in the Vis International Arbitration Moot for three years and in all three years, LSU has won an award either in the team, individual, or brief writing category.

Earlier this year, the team participated in a Southwest Regional “Pre-Moot” of the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition hosted by South Texas College of Law School in Houston. LSU Law placed second out of the 10 teams that participated. Lilly received individual recognition by winning Third Place in the Best Advocate category.

For more information on Moot Court opportunities at LSU, please visit the Moot Court Board website

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