Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society Finds Success at Second Annual ICC/ABA Commercial Mediation Competition

February 21, 2007

photoThis past weekend Stephen Grable (LAW '07) and Seth Piken (LAW '07) represented Fordham University School of Law at the ICC/ABA International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris. The duo represented Fordham with great distinction, defeating four international teams representing such countries as Brazil and France, en route to the International Quarterfinals. In the Quarterfinal Round, Stephen and Seth faced a talented team from the University of India, and while they did not ultimately advance, the tandem's International Quarterfinal finish cemented their place as the most accomplished competitors in the history of the Society. Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley accompanied the team.

The ICC/ABA Competition is unique among law school competitions, as only certain distinguished schools are invited to compete by the Organizing Committee. Fordham's inclusion in the competition is no doubt attributable to its internationally recognized reputation for excellence in ADR, particularly in mediation advocacy. Among the other invitees were pre-eminent ADR programs such as Georgetown Law Center and Hastings College of the Law. In total, 20 teams from around the world took part in the competition. Among the other countries represented at the competition were Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Grable and Piken have achieved success with the Society at every step of their law school careers. As first year students, Stephen and Seth were Regional Champions in the ABA's Representation in Mediation Competition and went on to finish as National Runners-Up. As second year students, Grable and Piken represented Fordham at the Inaugural ICC/ABA Competition, finishing as International Semi-finalists. As the current Society Chair and Managing Editor respectively, Grable and Piken's finish this year is especially notable since the two ran the busy day-to-day affairs of the Society while preparing for this competition. "We are proud to have had the opportunity to represent Fordham at this international level and are grateful for all of the support from the administration, professors, current Society members and alumni," said Piken.

"Since its founding, the Dispute Resolution Society has fostered excellence in mediation advocacy," remarked Professor David M. White. "Throughout their careers, Steve and Seth have carried the Fordham banner as domestic Regional Champions, Domestic National Runners-up, and International Semi and Quarterfinalists. In so doing, they have lead by example and secured their respective places as Fordham's most accomplished interschool competitors."