Future practitioners in the growing field of legal mediation can hone their skills in competition.
As an increasing number of civil legal cases are referred to mediation, it is vital that the lawyer accompanying his or her client to the mediation table has the knowledge and skill-set necessary to maximize a client’s results in this context. The interaction of lawyer and client and the use of interest-based problem solving is the focus of the Representation in Mediation Competition.
Who can participate: Participation is limited to 2nd and 3rd year law students. First year students are encouraged to contact the student Alternative Dispute Resolution Society (ADR) officers if they want to help run the Competition. There is no requirement that students have any education or background in mediation or negotiation to participate in the Competition.
The Competition: Law students form attorney-client teams and are given two different dispute fact scenarios distributed to law schools by the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association (ABA). Together the team strategizes and prepares to negotiate during two mediation sessions.
On the day of the Competition, the teams engage in negotiations with an opposing attorney-client team, facilitated by a professional mediator from the community. Three or more lawyers and/or other professionals with mediation advocacy knowledge are present to score the rounds and give feedback to the teams.
Congratulations to all 48 UB School of Law students who competed in this year's 22nd Annual Representation in Mediation Competition, held virtually on Saturday, November 20. The top six teams of the Competition are as follows:
FIRST PLACE: Team 5
Eric Klementowski '23 & Julia Rose '23
SECOND PLACE: Team 1
Heather Bashaw '22 & Shane Greene '22
THIRD PLACE: Team 15
Austin Mowers '22 & James Nguyen '22
FOURTH PLACE: Team 8
Carl De Las Llagas '23 & Michael Wolf '23
FIFTH PLACE: Team 11
Jacob Khoury '22 & Madison Schwarzer '23
SIXTH PLACE: Team 2
Lyndsey Bailey '23 & Steve Dahlberg '23
The top teams will be invited to participate in the upcoming ICC Mediation Competition in Paris, the Lex Infinitum Dispute Resolution Competition in India, the NYS Bar Association Mediation Tournament in New York City, and the IBA-VIAC CDRC Mediation & Negotiation Competition in Vienna.
Special thanks to the nearly 80 members from the legal and mediation community for volunteering their time to assist with the competition.