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October 30, 2008

Four Students to Compete in Regional Negotiation Competition

The two-person teams of Krista Schuchard and Nick Mancuso, and Rebecca Ivanoff and Mitch Huzar, will represent the University of Oregon School of Law November 1-2 at the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s Regional Negotiation Competition at the University of Alberta, Canada. The teams will compete for a chance to advance to the national competition held in Boston.

The teams participated in Oregon Law’s 2008 Moot Court Board Negotiation Competition in late September, which focused on alternative dispute resolution skills. The competition, open to all law students, consisted of thirty-two randomly selected teams. Volunteer judges from the local legal community selected the competition’s winning teams. According to the ABA’s Negotiation Competition Web site, the competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

The Moot Court Board is a twenty-member student organization that organizes and runs Oregon Law’s oral advocacy program. Currently, the board runs six intraschool competitions each year.

For more information on the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, visit http://www.law.uoregon.edu/org/mootc/.

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