The much-anticipated 19th-annual Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition was held March 22-25 with 24 teams representing 19 law schools.
The corporate competition introduces participants to the cutting edge of corporate law. As Delaware's only law school, Widener is in a unique position to draw on the resources and experience of the distinguished Delaware corporate legal community.
The team from Florida State University College of Law was declared the winner over a team from Mercer University School of Law after the final round of competition Sunday, March 25 in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom. The winning team was made up of students Kim Nguyen and Christina Taylor.
The best oral advocate award went to Bradford Meacham of the College of
William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law. The Donald E. Pease Best Corporate Brief Award went to the Florida State University College of Law team that won the full competition.
The final round bench included Delaware Supreme Court Justices Carolyn Berger, Jack B. Jacobs and Henry duPont Ridgely, and Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellors Stephen P. Lamb and John W. Noble.
The competition was hosted by Widener University School of Law's Moot Court Honor Society under the direction of the society's executive board and competition chairperson Susan Huntley, with Professors Lawrence Hamermesh
and Paul Regan, competition advisers. Regan authored this year's legal problem.
The Distinguished Scholar Lecture was an integral part of the competition and the Society was honored to have Ira M. Millstein, Esq. as this year's speaker. He is a senior partner at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. Retired Delaware Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey, a colleague of Millstein's, introduced him to the crowd of about 90 people who gathered to hear the lecture in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on Friday, March 23.
The Vale competition is named for Ruby R. Vale, who lived in Milford, Del. and practiced law in Philadelphia. He was a well-respected corporate practitioner and a prolific writer who penned law review articles, books about legal philosophy, justice and the foundations of society. He is best remembered for his multi-volume work, "Vale's Pennsylvania Digest." Vale
died in 1961. The law school is grateful to the Vale family and for the opportunities their generosity has made possible, such as this national competition. Captions:Photo 1: Mercer University School of Law team members Nnena Ukuku, Laura A. Murtha and Cheryl Staugatis, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Berger, Florida State University College of Law competitor Christina Taylor, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely, Florida State University College of Law competitor Kim Nguyen, Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellors Stephen P. Lamb and John W. Noble.
Photo 2: Competition chairperson Susan Huntley, competition winners Kim Nguyen and Christina Taylor of Florida State University College of Law, Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons.
Photo 3: Banquet night, Bradford Meacham receiving the best oral advocate award from Susan Huntley, competition chairperson.
Photo 4: Ira M. Millstein delivers the competition's Distinguished Scholar Lecture.
Photo 5: Retired Delaware Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey introduces Ira M. Millstein at the annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture.