Lawyering and Advocacy in Dispute Resolution
Providing Experience in Contemporary Methods of Legal Representation
Sponsored by the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law
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 within the Center, students from South Texas College of Law have competed in numerous competitions, both at home and abroad. As dispute resolution has become more common, not only within the United States, but in fact the world, it is fitting that these competitions span the globe as legal representation no longer knows strict boundaries.
Currently, South Texas College of Law teams participate in the following competitions:
ABA Client Counseling Competition: The Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) sponsors this simulation involving a law office consultation with a potential client. The law student-attorneys are presented with a client matter and conduct an interview. After gathering information, they provide counsel including an explanation of how they would proceed further in the hypothetical case. This competition is hosted regionally in February each year.
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.
Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition: This competition is held at annually in October at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The competition provides the opportunity for law school students from around the country to develop their negotiation skills, specifically regarding common entertainment law issues. The competition will also provide a great opportunity for law students specifically interested in pursuing a career in entertainment law to network and experience Los Angeles and Hollywood, the heart of the entertainment industry.
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.
International Commercial Arbitration: As participants in the Vis Moot Arbitration Competition, students must write briefs for both the Claimant and Respondent on a problem concerning an international commercial transaction. Issues are both procedural and substantive. Oral arguments take place each year in late March or early April in Vienna and Hong Kong, with several Pre-Moots as well.
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.
Recent ADR Competition Team Results
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: 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)
2nd Place Team: ABA Arbitration Competition, November 2012 (Jon Davis, Saira Siddiqui, Albert Singer, Placido Solis)
2nd Place Team: ABA Client Counseling Competition, February 2013 (Robert Jewett and Ramanda Turner)
2nd Place Advocacy Team: International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 2013 (Sherin Daniel, Courtney Moser, Asha Mungara)
4th Place Team: ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, November 2011 (Letty Aguilar and Amir Befroui)
The last several years have been fantastic for the ADR competition teams! Thank you to all who have helped our teams have
Winning students Sherin Daniel and Lucia Regalado with coach Debra Berman, Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
South Texas College of Law Students Win Big in London
March 28, 2011—Students from South Texas College of Law won the International Law School Mediation Tournament this past weekend at the BPP Law School in London. The competition featured students from 23 law schools representing eight different countries including India, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and Scotland. South Texas students Amrita Boghani, Xocytl Greer, and Marium Siddiqui were named best team and South Texas was presented the Outstanding New International Mediation Program award. The competition was sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution and involved the students as lawyers, mediators, and clients. The students were coached by Debra Berman. This is the first time South Texas has won an international alternative dispute resolution competition.