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Today I'm joined by Matthew du Mée. Matt's a member of the winning team in December's moot court competition against Balliol College of Oxford University. Matt, welcome to the program.
Matthew du Mée:
Thanks, Dr. Farris.
Matt, tell us about the final round. What was it like? Did you enjoy it?
Yeah, it was really just an exhilarating experience to be able to argue in that setting and be able to come out on top against an excellent Oxford team.
Matt, as you know, this spring we're going to be hosting the teams from Oxford in a competition on this side of the Atlantic. How do you think the competition will be different and what do you think the biggest challenges will be from those you faced in England?
Well, probably the biggest difference is they'll be the ones that have to put up with the jetlag from the seven-hour flight over the Atlantic! But the other biggest difference will be just the level playing field that we'll have, because the problem I think will be a little more unfamiliar to both sides. Last time they had something of an advantage when it was about English contract law; this time it's going to be about something that both sides will really have to study up for. But the biggest challenge will just be beating an Oxford team that is very, very good and will definitely be ready to try to beat us on our turf and even the score.
Matt, congratulations on your success against Oxford and keep up the good work. We expect great things in March. I'm Mike Farris.