Doyle Conflict Resolution is proud to help raise the bar in professional and ethical practices for the next generation of lawyers. Early in April, Robin Doyle was a guest mediator at the 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) National Representation in Mediation Competition.
After ten Regional Competitions, the nation’s best and brightest law students flew to Miami to participate in the annual competition representing the following schools: Emory Law, Fordham University School of Law, Marquette University Law School, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, South Texas College of Law, Southwestern Law School, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, University of Idaho College of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and William & Mary Law School.
Given a mock trial scenario, the students were challenged to take the case through mediation and negotiate a settlement in the best interests of their clients. Professional mediators such as Robin Doyle and T. Rankin Terry of Ft. Myers participated in the mock scenarios to judge the students performance.
“As an attorney-mediator it was both fun and rewarding to see the students consider the interests of the parties and come up with creative solutions during a very tough competition with complex negotiations,” said Robin Doyle.
After two preliminary rounds on April 2nd the teams from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, South Texas College of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law advanced to the Semi-Final Round on April 3rd. The teams from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law advanced to the Championship Round where Arizona State University students Alden Anderson and Chelsea Hesla prevailed.
The American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution thanked and congratulated the students and schools who competed at all levels of the Competition this year for their excellent performances in making this year’s event a success. The Section also extended its thanks to the numerous conference attendees and local practitioners who volunteered as mediators and judges for the competition.
The 16th Annual Representation in Mediation Regional Competitions are scheduled for February and March of 2015. The Finals will be held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April, 2015 in Seattle. For more information, visit the Representation in Mediation Competition website at http://www.abanet.org/dispute/mediationcomp.html.