University of Miami School of Law Team Wins 23rd Annual Ruby R. Vale Competition
Web Editor - Published: March 20, 2011
The moot court team from the University of Miami School of Law bested 22 other law schools to emerge as the winners of the 23rd Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition, defeating the team from the University of Nevada Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law in the final round on Sunday, March 20th.

The competition, hosted by Widener Law’s Moot Court Honor Society, draws upon the resources of the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law. Associate Professor Paul L. Regan, the Acting Director for the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, served as the competition advisor and authored this year’s competition problem, which explored whether the board of directors of a Delaware corporation, acting without a shareholder vote, can validly adopt a bylaw that requires all shareholder litigation against the directors to be brought exclusively in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

The final round judges for this year’s competition included University of Pennsylvania Law Professor and 2011 Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar William Bratton as well as Delaware Supreme Court Justices Jack B. Jacobs and Henry duPont Ridgely and Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellors John W. Noble and J. Travis Laster.

The team from the University of Wisconsin School of Law took the Best Brief Award. University of Miami team member Melissa Goldman won the award for Best Oral Advocate.

The 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. Widener Law is grateful to the Vale family and for the opportunities their generosity has made possible.