Advocacy in Dispute Resolution: Providing Experience in Contemporary Methods of Legal Representation
The Frank Evans Center for conflict Resolution manages and administers a number of regional, national, and international law student competitions with the concentration and focus on representing clients in a variety of dispute resolution methods. Under the supervision and coaching of faculty and alumni, students from South Texas College of Law Houston have competed in numerous competitions, both at home and abroad. Our teams have brought home twelve world championships in recent years. Due to their rigorous practice schedules, students receive academic credit for participation on traveling teams. To be eligible to compete, students must try out at the 7th Annual ADR Intramural Tournament on September 8-9, 2017 which is generously sponsored by:.
Currently, South Texas College of Law Houston teams participate in the following competitions:
ABA Negotiation Competition: Also part of the ABA Law Student Division, in this competition, students practice legal negotiation in a variety of legal matters. The competition features two teams of co-counsel who negotiate a settlement of a legal matter on behalf of their respective clients. This competition is hosted regionally in November each year.
ABA Representation in Mediation Competition: Sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, this competition has its focus on the ability of lawyers to effectively represent clients in mediation. Teams are comprised of an attorney and a client. The interaction of lawyer and client along with interest-based problem solving is the foundation of this competition. This competition is hosted regionally in late February or early March each year. The winning team from each region competes in the National Representation in Mediation Competition at the Annual ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conference held in April.
Abrams National Mediator Competition: This competition is sponsored by the University of Houston each fall and tests students’ mediation skills. Students compete only as the role of mediator.
ICC International Mediation Competition: Modeled after the national ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, this competition is sponsored by the International Chamber of Commerce. Universities from around the world compete in Paris each February. Teams are selected by invitation only, and STCL has participated since February 2008.
International Law School Mediation Tournament: Sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, this competition focuses on training and practical experience. During the first half of the tournament, students participate in advocacy training, mediation training, and cross cultural dispute resolution training. Following the training, students compete against schools from around the globe. Teams consist of three students and include an attorney, a client, and a student mediator who is paired with a co¬mediator from another country.
Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon: The Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon is sponsored by the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s Law School and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). For two days, student teams from law schools around the country meet in October at St. John’s University in New York City to test their advocacy skills in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of a securities dispute.
Sports Law Negotiation Competition: The annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition is hosted and organized by the Center for Sports Law & Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, every September. The fact patterns for the Competition are modeled toward current issues in the sports industry. Teams of student competitors negotiate fact patterns focus on issues such as contract negotiations, trading of players, salary demands, endorsement contracts, intellectual property, and more.
STCL Houston Energy Law Negotiation Competition: South Texas College of Law Houston established this competition in 2015. The competition features two teams of co-counsel who negotiate settlements of energy issues on behalf of their respective clients. An extensive group of expert attorneys from local energy companies and law firms participate as judges.
Transactional Negotiation LawMeet: This competition is co-sponsored by the STCL Transactional Practice Center and the Frank Evans Center. The primary goal of the LawMeet is to provide students with an engaging simulation of transactional practice. The LawMeet involves three distinct phases. First, students work in teams to draft a transactional agreement. Then each team completes a mark-up of one of the opposing team’s drafts. Lastly, opposing teams meet in person to negotiate the deal.
Recent ADR Competition Team Successes
1st Place Overall Team: St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, October 2016 (Urvashi Morolia, Chris Piper, and Lionel Sims)
1st Place: Abrams National Mediator Competition, October 8, 2016 (Amanda Nohr Gordon)
1st Place: Abrams National Mediator Competition, October 25, 2014 (Seun Adeyemi)
1st Place Advocate/Client Pair: International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 8, 2014 (Andy Krone and Nickie Tran)
1st Place Team: Regional ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, March 1, 2014 (Adam Aldrete and Brittany Mitchell)
1st Place Overall Team: St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, October 2013 (Martin Law, Mical Whiteman, Justin Works)
1st Place Mediation Team: St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, October 2013 (Martin Law, Mical Whiteman, Justin Works)
1st Place Mediator (out of 108): International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 2013 (Sherin Daniel)
1st Place Arbitration Team: St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, October 2012 (Jessica Bandlow, Lynn Nguyen, Justin Works)
1st Place Team: Regional ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, March 2012 (Trail Potter and Dave Wu)
1st Place Team: ICC Mediation Competition, February 2012 (Sherin Daniel and Lucy Regalado)
1st Place Advocacy Team: International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 2011 (Amrita Boghani, Xochytl Greer, Marium Siddiqui)
Best Brief for Claimant & Respondent: Warsaw International Arbitration Moot, November 2012
Two Best Speaker Awards (35 awarded out of 1,300) – Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, April 2012 (Erin Kee and Nicole Janecka)
2nd Place Team: Transactional Negotiation LawMeet, 2017 (Jackson Gayle, Jennifer Pammit, and Lionel Sims)
2nd Place Team: ABA Client Counseling Competition, February 2014 (Chad Bernaeyge and Rachel Davis)
2nd Place Advocacy Team: International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 2013 (Sherin Daniel, Courtney Moser, Asha Mungara)
2nd Place Team: ABA Client Counseling Competition, February 2013 (Robert Jewett and Ramanda Turner)
2nd Place Team: ABA Arbitration Competition, November 2012 (Jon Davis, Saira Siddiqui, Albert Singer, Placido Solis)
2nd Place Team: National ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, April 2012 (Trail Potter and Dave Wu)
2nd Place Team: ABA Client Counseling Competition, February 2012 (Kathleen Flavin and Eliana Maruri)
3rd Place Advocate/Client Pair: International Law School Mediation Tournament, February 2015 (Karen Andreas and Lauren Scroggs)
4th Place Team: ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, November 2011 (Letty Aguilar and Amir Befroui)
4th Place Advocacy Team: International Law School Mediation Tournament, April 207 (Nathalie Kalombo, Chris Piper, and Taylor Pounds)
The last several years have been fantastic for the ADR competition teams! Thank you to all who have helped our teams have successful years.