Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society Makes History at ABA Competition

November 22, 2010

Last year, Fordham Law became the first school ever to advance three pairs of negotiators to the final rounds of the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition. The School's Dispute Resolution Society not only repeated that same feat this year but also swept the competition, winning the top three places.

DRS members Tavish DeAtley '12 and Hal Coopersmith '12 claimed the championship, Andra Prutu '12 and Rachael De Chacon '12 finished in second place, and Stephanie Baez '12 and Colin Missett '12 tied for third place.

"Each competitor's display of talent and hard work over the past eleven weeks and in competition was truly phenomenal and sets an incredible standard for the Society going forward this year and in years to come," said Iverson Long, Chairman of DRS. "Thank you to each competitor for the success and the honor you have brought to our Society and the Law School."

The teams were coached both this year and last by Jordan Manekin '10, who won the Negotiation Competition in 2008 with teammate Michael Camarinos '10.

Additional guidance was provided by Bill Belitsky '06, Nicole Mazanitis '10, Dan Hope '08, current students Patrick Jacobs '11, Matt Bress '11, Pat Featherston '11, Allie Berkley '11, and Defne Gunay '11, and Executive Board members Tres Bulger '11 and Cassie Hamar '11. Fordham Law Professors Jacqueline Nolan-Haley and Beth Schwartz as well as Adjuncts Deborah Shapiro and Peggy Leibowitz also offered professional and academic guidance.

This victory marks the 3rd time in 3 years that the DRS has won the region and qualifies them again for participation at nationals, held this coming February in Atlanta. Last year at nationals, the Society finished third out of over 200 teams from the United States and Canada.

"Our negotiation teams have had extraordinary success in the regional competitions this year and I am extremely proud of them,” said Professor Nolan-Haley, Director of the Conflict Resolution & ADR Program. “Congratulations to all the students who competed and to their coaches for their expert guidance. I look forward to their continued success at the national competition.”

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution program was ranked #8 in the nation in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report. This achievement makes the Dispute Resolution program the Law School's highest ranked specialty program in its history. The Dispute Resolution Society competes in national and international negotiation, mediation, and arbitration competitions, hosts a leading annual symposium and international commercial arbitration practice tournament, and teaches a course on negotiation techniques to local high school students at MLK Jr. High School. For more information, visit the DRS website.