For those who missed Chiann Bao’s presentation at last month’s membership meeting, you may download her Powerpoint at the following link:
The old refrain, “See you in court!” is so last century. The latest trend in resolving contractual disputes is the less expensive, out-of-court process of arbitration. Even the Kardashians include an arbitration clause in their contracts, and you can’t get any trendier than that.
Though arbitration is intended to be cheaper and speedier than a legal trial, for South Florida law firms it also has become an important and growing revenue stream.
On Sunday, March 2, 2013, the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot Competition was held at the JAMS Miami facilities. The Pre-Moot was sponsored by the Florida Bar International Law Section and hosted by JAMS at their Miami office. Teams from five Florida law schools participated: Stetson University, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University, University of Florida and University of Miami. There were joined by teams from Loyola University New Orleans and Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, the latter hosted by Richard DeWitt.
Each team participated in four rounds and were judged by volunteer arbitrators drawn from our local community. The first place team, Stetson, received a monetary award from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, presented by Luis O’Naghten. Second place winner, Loyola and third place winner, FIU were each awarded a copy of Prof. Peter Rutledge’s, “Arbitration and the Constitution”.
The MIAS $500 prize for the best oralist was presented by MIAS Board Member Judith Freedberg. The prize went to Stetson team member Meagan Foley. Meagan is to be congratulated for her achievement in winning this prize two years in a row. A copy of Prof. Rutledge’s book was also presented to the runner-up best oralist Dane Ullian of Univerity of Florida.
Many thanks to the International Law Section and the Pre-Moot chair, Clarissa Rodriquez, JAMS, the many MIAS members and all the other volunteers who offered their services and made this Pre-Moot a great success.
MIAS wishes all the teams success in Vienna.
Professor Doug Jones recently gave a presentation to MIAS titled “The Australian Arbitration Option – Asia Pacific Region.” The full presentation can be downloaded here: The Australian Arbitration Option – MIAS (Powerpoint Format).
Miami’s 4 ½ minutes of glory are now immortalized on video on the ICCA website: http://www.arbitration-icca.org/conferences-and-congresses/ICCA_SINGAPORE_2012-video-coverage/ICCA_SINGAPORE_2012-D2.html
The University of Miami School of Law, MIAS Member Paula Arias and her students are also placing Miami as an Arbitration Center. For more information, please click here:
MIAS member Joe Matthews is co-chairing a winter forum by The Institute for Transnational Arbitration at the Biltmore in January. Please click here for a call for papers to be submitted for the forum. (Word document)
The American Bar Association Section of International Law (“ABA International”), invites you to our 2012 Fall Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.
We expect more than 1,000 international practitioners from not only the United States but more than 60 countries to attend the 2012 Fall Meeting. Our attendees range from practitioners with the large global law firms, regional and national firms outside the US, US-based small-firm and solo practitioners with significant international practices; corporate and in-house counsel, lawyers serving in government or with non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations, and academics.
For more information, please click here. (PDF Format)
The Miami International Arbitration Society Motion for Leave to File an Amicus Curiae Brief In Support of the Position of the Petitioner, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
For the full copy of the amicus brief, please click here (PDF).
Philip W. Engle, one of MIAS’ founding members, has been elected as Chair of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the world’s leading professional membership body for arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). CIArb promotes the use of ADR internationally through 12,000 professionally qualified members in over 110 countries. The North American Branch comprises Canada, US, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. His job as chair involves helping raise the tide that raises all boats in the field of international dispute resolution. The CIArb’s contributions to MIAS so far have included its active support of Miami’s bid as host city for ICCA 2014, and perhaps the best is still to come as Miami continues to grow and flourish as a world class venue for international commercial arbitration!