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Law team finishes in top five at national competition

April 16, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law mediation team traveled to San Francisco April 7-8 to compete in the national competition of the American Bar Association Representation in Mediation, taking 5th place.

The team earned a trip to nationals as a result of their win at the regional competition last month in North Carolina. In this competition, law student teams role-played as attorneys and clients to model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation.

Loyola’s team was comprised of third-year law students Krystle Ferbos and Brandon Harig and coached by students Paulina Davis and Yasmin Aklilu.

Loyola won both of the two preliminary rounds, forcing the judges to use a point system to determine the four semi-finalists. Loyola was short of the final cut by only five points out of several hundred.

“One hundred teams from law schools around the country participated in the competition, including teams from law schools with the most developed and well respected alternative dispute resolution programs in the nation,” said Denise Pilie, visiting assistant clinical professor in the College of Law and the team’s adviser. “Loyola’s team did an outstanding job and I am extremely proud of all of the students who participated.”

For more information on the competition, visit http://www.abanet.org/dispute/mediationcomp.html.

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