Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society Wins ABA Negotiation Regional Championship

November 24, 2008

Members of Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society recently claimed the championship at the ABA Negotiation Region 2 Competition. Twenty teams from twelve law schools throughout the tri-state area participated in the competition, which was hosted at Fordham Law. Fordham's Dispute Resolution Society sent three teams, including competitors Bryna Butler '10, Michael Kanatake '10, Justin Elliott '10, and Steven Ekechuku '10. Teammates Michael Camarinos '10 and Jordan Manekin '10 received a near-perfect score and will compete at the national competition held in Boston in February.

"Congratulations to Michael and Jordan for this wonderful victory," said William Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law School. "And kudos to the Dispute Resolution Society for the extraordinary record of success it is achieving."

Dispute Resolution Society Negotiations Editor Bhumi Zaveri '09, who coached the three teams, said, "This victory was very much a team effort. They worked hard together to constantly improve in each practice moot. I am proud of each of them." Dispute Resolution Society Chairman Kenneth Shaw '09 added, "The teams truly benefited from the tremendous amount of support they received from Dispute Resolution Society members and faculty advisors. Society alumni were [also] in attendance to observe the performances."

Fordham Law Professors Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, Beth Schwartz, and Deborah Shapiro helped prepare the teams for competition by observing practice rounds and offering feedback and advice.

Fordham Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program combines an integrated agenda of teaching, scholarship, and practice in conflict resolution within the national and international communities. The Dispute Resolution program was ranked 10th in the nation by the 2009 U.S. News & World Report. In addition to the classroom and clinical experience, the law school's student-run Dispute Resolution Society competes in ABA-sponsored interschool competitions as well as international mediation and arbitration competitions.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger