Common Law/FMC Host ABA Regional Negotiation CompetitionOn the weekend of November 12-13, 2011, the Common Law Section, in partnership with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, hosted the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s Regional Negotiation Competition for Region 6.
The event brought twenty teams from Canadian and American law schools as far away as Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles California to the law school. The Common Law Section was represented by two teams: Carly Caruso and Elizabeth Edmondson, and Trent Skanes and Rhema Kang.
Aimed at promoting and developing negotiation skills among law students, the event sees two-person teams compete in simulated legal negotiations dealing with a variety of legal problems. Teams are given confidential and general information, and are ranked by a panel of judges based on their ability to negotiate the best possible results for their clients.
Common Law’s two teams earned their way to the Regional Competition by placing first and second among 24 uOttawa teams in the Twelfth Annual Fraser Milner Casgrain/uOttawa Faculty of Law Negotiation Competition at the offices of Fraser Milner Casgrain on October 4, 2011. Their coaches for the regional competition were FMC lawyers James Wishart ('09) and Neil Schwartz (’10). Despite each team’s extensive preparation and strong showing, they did not reach the final round on Sunday. The competition was won by an excellent team from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Coaches Wishart and Schwartz were very impressed with the work ethic and talent of their teams, and expressed confidence that great things lay ahead for each of the team members.
Congratulations to the teams and thanks to James and Neil for their assistance!
Thanks also goes to Professor Hervé Depow who organized the event with the help of Professor Tony VanDuzer as well as Véronique Larose, Andrew Kuntze and Sarah Pitters-Caswell, who made sure everything ran smoothly at the competition. And a special thank you goes to Judy Green from FMC who worked tirelessly both before and during the weekend to ensure the success of the event.