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July 9, 2013

Students compete at International Negotiation Competition

Oregon Law students KaLynn Alley and Lara Smith, the 2013 winners of the American Bar Association national negotiation competition, traveled to Chapman University last week to compete in the International Negotiation Competition.

The competition welcomed teams from 19 different countries. Alley and Smith went head-to-head with teams from India, Denmark, and Scotland.

Instructor Josh Gordon, who coached the Oregon Law team, noted how impressed other teams and participants were with Alley and Smith's skill set.

"What impressed others so much about the Oregon team was their ability to negotiate with professionalism, creativity and poise that demonstrated a deep toolbox full of well-thought and constructive approaches to negotiating rather than tricks or deception," Gordon said. "I had several coaches tell me they planned to buy the ABA national video of them to use as a training tool in their home countries."

Gordon also commented on the joy of watching Alley and Smith grow and develop in their negotiation skills throughout this year as they worked and competed together.

"The growth of our negotiators from their first intra-school competition to now with the experiences they gained at regionals, nationals, and internationals is impressive and striking. I would not hesitate to bring these two women into some of the most challenging real-world negotiations with confidence."

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