Continuing a tradition of excellence in legal competition, three Regent University School of Law competition teams—two from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) and one from the Moot Court Board—recently advanced to the national level in two competitions.
Regent Law's ADR teams will be among 24 teams competing at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans Feb. 3-4. Regent is the only law school sending two teams to this competition.
Regent Law's Moot Court Team advanced to the New York City Bar's National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) to be held Jan. 30- Feb. 2 in New York City, competing in a field of 30 teams.
The ADR made a strong showing at the American Bar Association's Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 12-13 at the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Va. The team of Hannah Carter and Chris Bell placed finished second overall from a roster of over 24 teams representing George Mason University, William & Mary, Georgetown, American University, Washington & Lee, and other law schools throughout Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C
Also making the final round of four was the team of Shiann Ashenbrenner and Braden Morgan who finished third overall. Both teams advanced to the national competition.
The ADR teams' coach, Professor Eric DeGroff, commented on his students' exemplary performance: "They were a joy to behold," he said. "What impressed me most about them was that they were able to think both intelligently and globally about what would be good for their client in this case. They went into the negotiations with a plan, and they carried it out."
Other recent Regent ADR wins include the 2009 Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition and the 2007 ABA National Negotiation Championship.
Regent's Moot Court team competed in Richmond during November, also. The NMCC consists of 15 regional competitions among law schools nationwide followed by a final competition among the top 30 teams in the nation (the top two teams from each region).
Regent's team of Tristen Cramer, Amy Vitale and Megan Donley advanced to the national competition, along with a team from William & Mary. Regent defeated teams from the University of Virginia, Duke University, the University of Kentucky, Campbell University and Charlotte School of Law.
Tristen Cramer won the award for the best oralist in the final round. Regent's team also produced the region's second best brief.
The NMCC allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession. According to team coach Professor Michael Hernandez, the NMCC offers participants a very high level of competition.
"This is one of two true national championships for moot court," Hernandez said. "The quality of schools in our region is exceptionally high. The other moot court national championship is sponsored by the American Bar Association, and we won that national title in 2006. Tristen, Amy and Megan did a phenomenal job, and we are eagerly anticipating the national rounds."
The NMCC is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers and is now in its 62nd year.
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