Fordham Wins Regional Title at ABA Negotiation Competition

November 09, 2004

For the first time in school history, a Fordham squad has captured the Regional Championship at the ABA Negotiation Competition. Students from twenty law schools throughout the Northeast participated in the event, which was held November 6-7, 2004 at New York University School of Law. After besting Harvard Law School during the preliminary rounds and facing off against Albany Law School in the final, Dispute Resolution Society competitors Bill Belitsky ('06) and Lori Moses ('06) finished in first-place.


Belitsky and Moses will now compete against other regional winners at the ABA National Negotiation Competition. This year's national round will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the ABA's Midyear Meeting in February 2004. The Dispute Resolution Society is particularly proud of the team's accomplishment because it marks the third consecutive year that Fordham students have qualified for the National Negotiation Competition.

Society competitors Scott Gleason ('06) and Gillian Groarke ('06) also made a strong showing at the Regional Negotiation Competition, earning praise from several judges after competing against teams from Albany and Brooklyn Law Schools. Albany took second place, and NYU and Brooklyn finished third and fourth, respectively.

Trudy Fenster ('05) coached both of the negotiation teams. Fenster, a Regional Champion at the 2004 ABA Representation-in-Mediation Competition, praised the team's accomplishment. She described the teams as “prepared, eloquent and remarkably quick on their feet. Their work ethic and dedication were admirable.”

Fenster also credited the teams' success to the guidance and dedication of faculty members and fellow students, saying that “the teams truly benefited from the tremendous amount of support they received from Dispute Resolution Society members and faculty advisors.” Society alumni were in attendance to observe the performances. “The Fordham entourage at the competition was impressive, to say the least,” Fenster said.

Society Moderator Professor Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley and Professor David M. White were at the event to assist the Fordham teams. Professor Nolan-Haley played a significant role in readying the teams for competition, observing practice rounds, demonstrating effective negotiating techniques and offering practical feedback and advice.

In addition, all four Fordham competitors have spent the semester in Dispute Resolution Perspectives, a year-long seminar taught by Professor White and Professor Jennifer L. Bougher. The course affords Society competitors and coaches the opportunity to develop critical ADR skills through experiential role-plays.

In each of the three years that the Society has participated in the ABA Negotiation Competition, Fordham teams have earned the opportunity to compete at the national level. Society competitors Cora MacLean ('04) and Amanda Schaffer ('04) won the 2003 National Negotiation Competition.

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Fordham School of Law is a leader among alternative dispute resolution 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.