Wanna Spar? Join Vis Moot

Should Canada be the 51st state? Are freedom fries really free? The Holy Roman Empire was neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire: Discuss.

On October 15, 2010, the University of San Diego School of Law VICAM Team will host the inaugural SPontaneous ARgumentation competition (“SPAR”). SPAR competitors will have the opportunity to answer these questions of the ages, in a no holds barred battle of wits.

For $10, participants will compete in a head-to-head tournament that will largely mimic a moot competition in its structure. Topics will be randomly selected for each pair of competitors from a top hat. Much like a moot, competitors should be prepared to field questions from the judges. Each round will feature all new topics and will last only ten minutes. The winner walks away with the glory of being crowned the first SPAR champ and $250, courtesy of our sponsor and mentor, Mike Thorsnes.

What is VICAM, you ask? VICAM stands for Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. We are a student-run moot team that competes annually in the Vis International Moot, which takes place in Hong Kong and Vienna. Each year the competition features an international sales contract dispute, governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

The USD VICAM team begins training in October for the April competitions. In preparation, the USD team researches, writes briefs, and practices oral advocacy skills with professors and practitioners. Essentially,we argue for or against companies in the fictional countries of Equatoriana and Mediterraneo. Wine deal gone sour? Spark plugs didn’t ship on time? Give us a call. 

Though relatively new to Vis Moot, USD has performed extremely well at the international competitions. Last year at the Vienna Competition, the USD team advanced to the finals. Camille Lucidi and Josiah Reid received oral advocacy awards for their high scores.

For more information about Vis Moot generally, contact USDVICAM@gmail.com. To register for SPAR, look for us on “the Facebook” or contact us at USDSPAR@gmail.com.

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