February 11, 2008

Third Annual Competition Promotes Arbitration among Aspiring Attorneys

Texas Tech University School of Law (L-R):  Professor D. Murray Hensley, Joseph Putnam, Tiffany McDuff, Charles M. Davis, Jesse Blakley, and Professor Sherry Kime-Goodwin.

Texas Tech University School of Law received top honors in the recent 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition, co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the National Arbitration Forum. Texas Tech School of Law prevailed over 16 teams in the National Finals at Stetson University in January.

The competition, one of four each year sponsored by the Law Student Division, provides law students with the opportunity to participate in a mock legal dispute with professional arbitrators and lawyers judging the hearings. Coached by law professors, the students prepare and present their cases from start to finish, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations.

"Our goal is to promote excellence in arbitration," said Roger Haydock, managing director for the National Arbitration Forum and chair of the Arbitration Competition Subcommittee of the ABA Law Student Division's Competitions Committee. "The nation's only arbitration competition continues to be a success. More law students each year are given the opportunity to learn how to be highly effective arbitration advocates."

Complete results for the 2007-2008 National Arbitration Competition:

National Champion: Texas Tech University School of Law
Joseph Putnam, Jesse Blakley, Charles M. Davis & Tiffany McDuff

National Finalist: Stetson University College of Law
Shannon McMahon, Sheryl Clark, Benjamin Ladouceur & Lee Pearlman

Third Place: University of Oklahoma College of Law
Alex Bass, Laura John, Matthew Neal & Jessica Durrett

Fourth Place: Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Sue Irion, Nick Maggard, Zachary Corbin & Ioanna Paraskevopoulos

The success of the competition grows each year with the number of participants more than doubling to 168 after just three years.

For more information please contact Christina Doucet of the National Arbitration Forum at 952-516-6486 or media[at]adrforum.com or Peggy Pissarreck of the ABA Law Student Division at 312-988-5621 or pissarrm[at]staff.abanet.org.

About the ABA Law Student Division
With more than 51,700 members, the ABA Law Student Division is the largest professional student organization in the United States. The division provides law students with opportunities for legal education, professional skills development and career counsel. Each year the division sponsors four competitions: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Negotiation Competition.

About the American Bar Association
With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

About the National Arbitration Forum
The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is one of the world's largest providers of alternative dispute resolution services. For over 20 years we have offered arbitration, mediation and other alternatives to lawsuits that save disputing parties time and money. The National Arbitration Forum maintains a distinguished panel of over 1,600 attorneys and former judges who apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions. National Arbitration Forum arbitrators and mediators are located throughout the U.S. and around the world in 35 countries. We are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit our website, http://www.adrforum.com.

More information about the Arbitration Competition can be found on the FORUM blog (http://arbitration-forum.blogspot.com) and the ABA Law Student Division webpage (http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html).

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