Fordham Law

Fordham Dispute Resolution Society Places Third in the World in Paris Mediation Competition

February 21, 2008

Fordham Law School's Dispute Resolution Society achieved international success last weekend at the Third Annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France. The four-person Fordham team placed third overall, the school's best result ever. The ICC Competition brings together 30 international schools by invitation only. The Dispute Resolution Society's international reputation has earned the school an invitation in each of the competition's three-year history, an honor that only a handful of American schools can celebrate. Fordham is the only American school to advance for three straight years.

In the preliminary rounds, the Fordham team of Dan Hope ('08), Henry Ko ('08), Adrienne Reina ('08) and Andrew Callahan ('08) defeated the Université de Versailles, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), and Université Hassan II - Aîn Chock (Morocco). The team's victory over domestic rival Marquette University School of Law in the Quarter-Final round gave Fordham its first berth into the second advanced round of the competition. The team participated in a widely praised Semi-Final round against FGV Sao Paulo Law School (Brazil), but was closely defeated by the eventual champions.

The competitors and the Society thank the Fordham administration for their dedication and support. The Society's faculty advisor, Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley has been instrumental in establishing Fordham as a permanent presence at the invitation-only ICC competition.

Thanks also are in order to alumni team coaches Stephen Grable ('07) and Seth Piken ('07), who dedicated numerous weekends and countless evenings preparing the teams. A special thank you must go to Grable, who accompanied the team to Paris and was a remarkable asset to them in their preparation for the advanced rounds.