Since its founding in 2010, the success of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team has been closely linked to the involvement of Maryland Carey Law alumni. Students benefit from the expertise and insight of ADR practitioners, who also serve as adjunct faculty or coaches, and may travel with the students to various competitions. This year was no different, with ADR Team members participating in three negotiation and mediation-focused competitions with positive results.
Second year students Linda Morris and Henry Callegary participated in the Jeffery S. Abrams National Mediator Competition, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center. Competitors serve as mediators for attorney-client teams of students from the University of Houston. Callegary and Morris quickly learned mediation skills and techniques from their coaches, Claire Costantino ’14 and Toby Guerin ’02, clinical law professor and managing director for the Center for Dispute Resolution at Maryland Carey Law. After two days of competition, Morris was declared the champion mediator, receiving a trophy and scholarship funds in recognition of her accomplishment.
Two ADR teams competed in the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Competition, held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Coached by Barry Gogel ‘97, 3L Alex Montanio with 2L Trey Hilberg, and second-year students Jeff Wettengel and Jen Auger engaged in intense negotiations under this year’s theme of “information law,” with nuanced topics such as animal testing and the publication of genetic information on the internet.
Third-year students Erik Pramschufer and Susan DuMont with 2L Matt Sarna competed at the Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, hosted by St. John’s University and sponsored by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority. This competition combined the typical skills of negotiation and mediation with an arbitration component. The team prepared with adjunct professors Jay Knight ’96, Joyce Mitchell, and Gogel, and former ADR Team member Ben Smith ’15 traveled with the team to provide on-site coaching and feedback.
“The lessons learned at these competitions, as well as the insights provided by our coaches, are invaluable in training me to be a better lawyer and mediator,” said Pramschufer.
In addition to four spring competitions, the ADR Team will host try-outs for the new team members and hold elections for a new executive board.
After coaching and teaching the ADR Team for the last five years, Nick Scull '10, who helped found the team, has decided to step-down from his teaching position.
“The ADR Team would not exist without Nick’s hard work and dedication to this program,” said Montanio. “We have been lucky to have him in this capacity for so long.” Scull will continue to be involved with the program in other ways, including coaching for individual competitions.
In spring 2016, Knight will assume Scull’s teaching responsibilities. Knight is a former Student Bar Association president and currently a mediator for the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' ADR Division, where he oversees the Court's Pre-Hearing Conference and Mediation Programs.
Alex Montanio and Erik Pramschufer