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November 9, 2012

Oregon Law Moot Court Find Success in Negotiation Competition

On Nov. 3-4, the University of Oregon School of Law Moot Court Board hosted the ABA’s Negotiation Regional Championship, a competition in which teams of two simulate legal negotiations. The theme this year was small business negotiations. According to the Oregon Law Moot Court Board, the negotiation competition helps students develop dispute resolution skills.

For the competition, teams received legal problems in advance before facing off in several rounds of 50-minute negotiations, all while attempting to negotiate the best deal for their client.

This year, the negotiation competition attracted 24 teams from 14 law schools across the Northwest, including two Oregon Law teams.

The first Oregon Law team included KayLynn Alley, a ‘Double Duck’ from Albany, Ore. interested in pursuing intellectual property law, and Lara Smith, a Seattle native interested in a career in business and intellectual property law. The second Oregon Law team was comprised of Brian Hennes, who has a background in biology and wants to pursue environmental law, and Bay Toft-Dupuy, who will work for the EPA during the summer of 2013 and wants to pursue environmental law. All Oregon Law participants are 2Ls.

In a close finish, with only one point separating the top two teams, the Alley and Smith team finished second, and the Hennes and Toft-Dupuy team finished third.

“At first, we were disappointed to finish second by such a close margin, but after reflecting on it, we were very successful overall, and the negotiation competition experience is invaluable to our future career paths,” said Alley. 

The two Oregon teams qualified for the regional championship by finishing as the top two teams among the 16 teams who entered Oregon Law’s Moot Court inner-school competition. After qualifying within Oregon Law, the two teams spent a month preparing for the regional competition with weekly practice sessions lasting several hours. Both teams were coached by Josh Gordon, director of Oregon Law’s Competition Not Conflict program, and Laura Schultz, an Oregon Law 3L.

“I was impressed with both teams’ eagerness to embrace coaching and feedback, and how much they improved in a relatively short period of time,” said Gordon.

Congratulations to both Oregon Law teams for their successful efforts, and to the Moot Court Board for a job well done in organizing the entire Negotiation Regional Championship event. 

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