Fordham Law

Fordham Dispute Resolution Society gears up for 2005 Intramural Competition

July 11, 2005

The Fordham School of Law Dispute Resolution Society is proud to announce its second annual summer intramural competition. Participants will have the chance to earn a spot on one of four or more teams that will represent Fordham at both national and international competitions over the next year. Students who are chosen for an interschool competition team may also enroll in an exclusive seminar, unique among ABA-accredited law schools, that provides competitors and their coaches the opportunity to develop advocacy skills.

The Society will be selecting team members for the ABA Negotiation Competition, the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Environmental Negotiation Competition, the International Online Negotiation Competition (ICODR), and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Two teams will be selected for each negotiation competition and bench team members will be chosen for the Vis Moot.

Those selected for the ABA Negotiation Competition and the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition must compete on the regional level to earn a place at the national competition. The ABA Representation in Mediation Competition will be held here at Fordham Law School next year. Fordham teams have enjoyed great success at this competition over the past two years, winning the national negotiation title in 2003 and taking fifth place in 2004 and 2005. The Fordham mediation team was National runners-up in 2005.

Fordham will also be participating in the International Online Negotiation Competition (ICODR). Teams for this competition compete online using negotiation software that allows them to rank the importance of various issues. The electronic format presents unique challenges in communication and adds an extra level of problem solving to the negotiation. Fordham finished 4th in the Nation at ICODR last year.

The Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Environmental Negotiation takes place in Richmond, Virginia in March. This competition is a fast paced environmentally themed contest that puts competitors from top law schools around the country in negotiations regarding land rights, land sales, government regulation, etc. Fordham was a national finalist in 2005 finishing in third place in the nation

Fordham students will also have the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis Moot is widely regarded as the premier competition for law students from around the world who are interested in international trade dispute resolution. Participants must familiarize themselves with relevant international law to prepare written briefs and deliver oral arguments. Last year’s squad enjoyed a strong showing at the event, and made school history as the first Fordham interschool team to compete at a European competition.

This year’s intramural competitions will take place on August 3rd, 6th, and 11th. For our application, please the Dispute Resolution Society homepage.

Fordham School of Law is a leader among alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) centers of legal scholarship. Founded in 2001, the Fordham Dispute Resolution Society seeks to promote greater understanding of conflict management. Under the direction of Faculty Advisor Professor Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, the Society advances community-based dispute settlement and sponsors workshops, guest lectures and panel discussions. Students are afforded opportunities to hone problem-solving skills through interschool competition within the United States and abroad.