ADR Team Receives First Place Honors in All Competitions

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The Maryland Carey Law Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team quickly adapted to last year’s online competition environment, achieving impressive first place finishes in all three competitions during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

  • First Place, 7th Annual Tulane University School of Law Professional Football Negotiation Competition; Team Members: Justin Meltzer ’21 and Mark Metrey ’21, and Maya Foster ’22; Coach: Barry Gogel ’97. More here. 
  • First Place, ABA Law Student Division Regional Negotiation Competition; Team Members: Ini Femi-Fatukasi ’22, Erika Birk ’22, Jesse Walsh ’21, Mike McLaughlin ’22, Celena Dyal ’21, and Garett Unger ’21; Coach: Barry Gogel ’97  
  • First Place, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Representation in Mediation Regional Competition; First place team: Kristin Wells ’21 Thérian Lee ’21 (first place) and Second place team: Emma Craig ’22, and Spencer Warkentin ’22; Coaches: Mike Goldberg ’14 and Nick Vogt ’19  

When reflecting on the outcome, Justin Meltzer, vice president of the ADR Team commented, “We had the mentality of just staying relaxed and letting the training and teachings from our coaches come out naturally.”  

The expertise of coaches and adjunct faculty contributes to the team’s success. The team benefited from the addition of Maryland Carey Law alumnae, Claire Costantino as an adjunct faculty member. A former ADR Team President and Mediation Clinic student, Professor Costantino describes her experience with the ADR Team as “the most useful activity during my time in Maryland Carey School of Law. I use mediation skills to move cases toward settlement and to interact with my clients every day.” She currently practices as a full-time family law litigator and brings her combined student, advocate, and neutral perspectives to her new position with the ADR Team.  

Entertainment and Sports Law Competition Team  

The 2020-21 academic year also served as the second formal year of the Entertainment and Sports Law Competition Group (EASL-C). Students Eddie Healy ’21, Joey Gregory ’22 and George Rice ’22 advanced to the quarterfinals to the Tulane Pro Football Negotiation Competition and a recognition of 7th out of 36 teams for their brief. The team was coached by Kenneth Harris ’15 an agent for PFS Agency. EASL-C also participated in the Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Competition and the Tulane Pro Basketball Negotiation Competition. The team of Connor Tilson ’22 and Eddie Healy ’21 along with their coach Matt Laczkowski ’04 received valuable feedback after their first ever involvement in the basketball competition. 

Both the ADR Team and EASL-C welcomed new team members this past spring and look forward to continued success in both virtual and live competitions this year.