Dispute Resolution Society Sweeps Competition

March 23, 2011

Members of Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society recently swept the ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition.

The Society fielded three teams: Amy Dunayevich '12 and Alana Roth '12 took 1st, Oliver Edwards '12 and Lindsey Olson '13 took 2nd, and Elliott Nathanson '12 and Matthew Taylor '12 took 3rd. Dunayevich and Roth will represent Fordham Law at Nationals in Denver in April.

"Time and time again, our level of preparation sets us miles apart from the competition," said Iverson Long, DRS Chairman. "We could not achieve such extreme success and consistency without the hard work these competitors put in and the support they received from the DRS army of highly committed alumni, professors, and students."

 Fordham Law DRS ABA Mediation Team
Oliver Edwards '12, Lindsey Olson '13, Amy Dunayevich '12, Elliott Nathanson '12, Bill Crowe '13, Matthew Taylor '12, Saira Hussain '11, Alana Roth '12, and Tres Bulger '11.
The teams were coached by Saira Hussain '11. Additional assistance was provided by the following individuals: alumni Justina Lopez ’10 and Nicole Mazanitis ’10; Professors Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Beth Schwartz, Peggy Leibowitz, and Deborah Shapiro; senior DRS members Janicelynn Asamoto '11, Christie Houlihan '11, Patrick Jacobs '11, Veni Manickam '11, Robert Soriano-Hewitt '11, and David Washo '11; Mediation Team members Devin LoPresti '12, Grace Kang '12, Bill Crowe '13, and Zach Hudson '13; and Managing Editor Tres Bulger '11, ICC Editor Matt Bress '11, Competitions Editor Cassie Hamar '11, and Arbitration Editor Linda Kalayjian '11.

In the competition, students act as both lawyers and clients. The lawyer-client teams work toward settlement with the aid of a neutral mediator and are judged by a panel of practitioners. In Round 1, the teams worked to restructure an orthopedic surgery partnership. In Round 2, they resolved a complex residential landlord-tenant conflict, and during the Final, they settled a campaign team employment dispute.

The competition was hosted by Fordham Law School.

Fordham Law's Conflict Resolution and ADR Program is ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 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 students at MLK Jr. High School. For more information, please visit the DRS website.