ADR Team takes first place at Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition

Justin Meltzer ’21 (left) and Mark Metrey ’21 negotiated their way to the top spot. 

Members of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team won the 7th Annual Tulane University School of Law Professional Football Negotiation Competition the last weekend in JanuaryFrom a field of 48 teams representing top law schools across the country, the victors were negotiators Justin Meltzer ’21 and Mark Metrey ’21, and Maya Foster 22 (below), who led the drafting othe trio’s entry brief. The team was coached by Barry Gogel ’97, a partner at Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC. 

Also competing was Maryland Carey Law’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law (EASL-C) student association team, which made it to the quarterfinals only to be bested by their Maryland Carey Law ADR classmates in a close match. Members of the EASL team were Joey Gregory ’22, Eddie Healy ’21, and George Rice ’22, with coaching assistance from Kenneth Harris ’15. 

Speaking the Monday after the competition weekend, ADR’s Metrey pointed out Maryland Carey Law’s significant achievement in advancing two teams to the final eight, with both seeing their highest finishes in all the years of entering the competition. “We were happy in that respect,” he said, but we knew we had to beat them and beat every other team to win that championship. 

EASL’s Healy also relished the competition with Metrey and, especially, Meltzer with whom he had entered the Tulane event two years ago as teammate. “They were ready for us, and we were ready for them,” said Healy, who is proud the EASL team made the cut. “It was a really cool feeling.” 

The remote competition was a grueling six rounds in two days with teams arguing in simulated contract negotiations on behalf of NFL players and teams. Students were judged by actual NFL agents and front-office personnel. Meltzer and Metrey competed in the championship round against Brooklyn Law School, representing Baltimore native linebacker Shaquil Barrett, with the Brooklyn Law students negotiating on behalf of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The three judges voted 2-1 in favor of the Maryland Carey Law team. 

Meltzer and Metrey credit intense preparation and experience working together with giving them the edge. 

We had the mentality of just staying relaxed and letting the training and teachings from our coaches come out naturally,” said Metrey. “That allowed us to be far more organic in our approaches. 

Calling the ADR team experiencethe best part of law school, the duo appreciates the program for preparing them to be transactional lawyers and helping them learn to work together as a team. 

“Being able to negotiate and understand the skills and strategies going into it helps not only with what I plan to do for my career but also life in general,” reflected Meltzer. “There are so many negotiations that you do on any given day.” 

This accomplishment for the ADR Team comes on the heels of finishing first place in the ABA Law Student Division Regional Negotiation Competition in the fall. Team members Celena Dyal ’21 and Garret Unger ’21 will compete in the ABA National Negotiation Competition in February 

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