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March 7, 2008

Oregon Law Students Compete in Mediation Competition

Oregon Law students Laura Williamson, Jia Min Cheng, Michelle Platt and Amanda Fernandez recently competed at the American Bar Association’s Representation in Mediation Competition for Law Students’ regional competition at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law. 
 “Both teams artfully combined the appropriate use of advocacy skills with collaborative problem solving skills in order to advance opportunities for achieving mutually supportable agreements, while at the same time meeting the client’s best interests,” said Carrie Heltzel, administrator of the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution and the students’ coach for the competition. 

During the competition, students role-played as advocates and clients in a mediation setting.  Students were judged on preparation, teamwork, how well the interests of the client are represented, using opportunities in the mediation process, and other elements of effective advocacy in mediation.  The Oregon Law students out-performed 20 competitors at Oregon Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Advocates’ annual mediation advocacy competition in February to advance to the competition. 

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