Fordham Law

Fordham Dispute Resolution Society Places Third in the World in Paris Mediation Competition

February 22, 2008

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society achieved international success last weekend at the Third Annual International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France. The four-person Fordham team placed third overall, the School's best result ever. The ICC Competition brings together 30 international schools by invitation only. The Dispute Resolution Society's international reputation has earned the School an invitation every year in the competition's three-year history, an honor given to only a handful of American schools. Fordham is the only American school to advance for three straight years.

In the preliminary rounds, the Fordham team of Dan Hope '08, Henry Ko '08, Adrienne Reina '08, and Andrew Callahan '08 defeated the Université de Versailles, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), and Université Hassan II - Aîn Chock (Morocco). The team's victory over domestic rival Marquette University School of Law in the quarterfinal round gave Fordham its first entry into the second advanced round of the competition. The team participated in a semifinal round against FGV Sao Paulo Law School (Brazil) but was narrowly defeated by the eventual champions.

Fordham’s Dispute Resolution Society, founded in 2001, is a student organization committed to the promulgation of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes as viable alternatives to traditional litigation. The Society's faculty advisor is Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, and alumni team coaches are Stephen Grable '07 and Seth Piken '07.

Contact: Jennifer Spencer