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UMD Law Wins National Title in ABA Mediation Competition

A team from the University of Maryland School of Law was named the best in the country by topping 100 teams from 54 law schools across the nation to win the 2010 American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Representation in Mediation Competition. The Maryland team of Dave Pantzer and Jake Lilien proved triumphant during the championship round held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in San Francisco from April 7-8.

"The judges said that the Maryland team had the foundation needed so that they could be flexible and effective at analyzing their strategy," said Clinical Law Instructor Toby Treem Guerin ’02, Deputy Director of the Law School's Center for Dispute Resolution, who coaches the team with Nick Scull ’10. "Something should be said for the support that the University of Maryland School of Law provides that creates the environment for students to participate in these competitions. The skills that students use are the skills they are going to use when they practice."

In the preliminary rounds on April 7, the School of Law defeated teams from Quinnipiac University School of Law, Seton Hall Law School, Washington and Lee School of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and University of Washington School of Law.

Maryland then defeated teams from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Washington and Lee School of Law, and Seton Hall Law School in the semi-final rounds, before defeating Seton Hall Law School during the championship round.

"This is only the third time that the Maryland team has competed in this competition overall. It’s exciting to see students recognize that there are separate skills needed in mediation than other parts of litigation and other skills needed that lawyers play,” said Guerin. "The University of Maryland School of Law has been represented well by its students in this and numerous other competitions this year. We should all be proud."

In addition to this national win, this year other Maryland teams have won the 2010 International Environmental Moot Court Competition and placed fourth during the 2009 National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions.


Posted by Carrie Oleynik

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