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November 11, 2008

Oregon Law Students Advance to National Competitions

Oregon Law students are cleaning up at Trial, Negotiation, and Moot Court competitions across the country. In January and February ten students will represent the University of Oregon, competing at three national competitions.

National Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition, January 24-25

The team of Jessica Huynh, Tim Ream, Audrey Walther, David Sherbo-Huggins, and Derek Larwick recently took first place in the American Bar Association’s Regional Labor and Employment Law Mock Trial Competition in Seattle, Washington, and will compete at the national competition in Chicago, Illinois, on January 24 and 25.

The competition’s description notes that it was established to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation. Law students who participate have the opportunity to develop their trial advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.

National Negotiation Competition, February 13-14

Second-year students Mitch Huzar and Rebecca Ivanoff successfully competed in three rounds of the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Competition at the University of Alberta, Canada. Huzar and Ivanoff now have their sights set on the ABA Negotiation Competition Finals in Boston on February 13 and 14.

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 topic for this year’s competition is Elder Law.

National Environmental Moot Court Competition, February 19-21

Oregon Law will be represented at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition February 19-21 at New York’s Pace University, located in White Plains, by the team of Melissa Bates, Anika Leerssen, and Alison Torbitt.

The competition, established in 1989, is considered the preeminent environmental law moot in the United States. According to the competition’s Web site, the National Environmental Moot Court Competition draws more than 200 competitors from various law schools and 200 attorneys who serve as judges for the three days of oral arguments to create a rigorous academic experience.

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