Fordham Law

2005-2006 proves to be another successful year for the Dispute Resolution Society

June 01, 2006

Fordham’s Dispute Resolution Society had another successful year in the field of inter-school competition during 2005-2006. Fordham’s continued leadership in Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) was demonstrated through success at both National and International competitions. The Dispute Resolution Society continually promotes practical skills training and understanding of ADR principles and theory. “U.S. News & World Reports” recognized the Society’s efforts as Fordham climbed to thirteen in the Specialty Law Ranking for Dispute Resolution this past year.

After sweeping the Regional rounds of the ABA sponsored Negotiation competition, Fordham sent two teams to the National rounds in Chicago. Jean-Patrick Antoine (LAW ‘07) and Jennifer C. Polignone (LAW ’07) were one of two teams to earn a perfect score in the preliminary rounds. H. Scott Gleason (LAW ’06) and Z. Charles “Chuck” Xu (LAW ’07) similarly brought an outstanding level of preparation to the competition. Coach Bill Belitsky (LAW ’06), former Regional Champion and National competitor, brought a unique perspective which added immeasurable value to his colleagues. Mr. Belitsky was awarded the 2005-2006 “John D. Feerick Award” for his unwavering dedication to the Society during his tenure at Fordham.

For the third consecutive year, Fordham won the Regional round of the ABA sponsored “Representation in Mediation” Competition. Jarret Hova (LAW ’07) and Kim DiLorenzo (LAW ’07) took first place, with Mark A. Torres (LAW ’08) and Kristin Hiensch (LAW ’06) finishing third overall. Mr. Hova and Ms. DiLorenzo traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where their creativity and preparation shone bright at the National level. Coach Seth Piken, National Finalist in 2005, provided endless commitment and support in preparing the team.

In Richmond, Virginia, success continued as Russell Romond (LAW ’07) and Jennifer Schramm (LAW ’08) were National Runners-up at the 2006 Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Law Competition. The Second Place performance marked Fordham’s highest finish in the tournament since 1997. Adam Tantleff (LAW ’06) and Aliza Yudkoff (LAW ’07) also brought distinction to Fordham with a National Semi-Finalist finish. Coach W. Dyer Halpern (LAW ’06) used the expertise he developed from his Third Place finish in 2005 to help the teams prepare.

Success in the International arena was unprecedented for Fordham’s Dispute Resolution Society this year. Seth Piken (LAW ’07) and Stephen J. Grable (LAW ’07) earned Semi-Finalist distinction at the ICC/ABA co-sponsored International Competition in Commercial Mediation held in Paris, France. Fordham was invited to this inaugural competition after finishing Second Place in the ABA’s “Representation in Mediation” National Competition in 2005.

In closing out the year, Fordham sent 8 competitors abroad to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Moot in Commercial Arbitration. Carolina Gonzalez (LAW ’07), Melanie Costantino (LAW ’07), Jennie Woltz (LAW ’07) and Ivonnely Colon-Fung (LAW ’07) traveled to the Vis East Moot in Hong Kong. David P. Cole (LAW ’07), Faisal Sheikh (LAW ’06), John Murray (LAW ’06) and Lauren A. Mayne (LAW ’06) similarly represented Fordham at the Vis West Moot in Vienna, Austria. The Vis East competitors took Quarter-Finalist distinction as Jennie Woltz and Carolina Gonzalez earned Honorable Mention Awards for Best Oralist. Coach Rielly Karsh (LAW ’06) traveled with both teams after her tireless preparation and practice with the competitors. Ms. Karsh, a Vis competitor in 2005, was awarded with the 2005-2006 “Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service” to the Society. The Society’s International success is a testament to Fordham Law’s commitment to furthering ADR theory and practice at both a National and International level.