By Professor Paul Spiegelman
On September 30 through October 3, three teams from Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Society (ADR) traveled to Los Angeles to compete against 21 other teams from around the country in Southwestern Law School’s Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition.
The TJSL teams represented the school extremely well. Our top team of Allyson Evans and Ryan Storms, coached by Elizabeth Chu and Andrew Isaac, finished sixth out of twenty four teams. They narrow missed a four-way tie for 3rd by one point and would have been outright third if one judge had not given them a fourth place vote in round one when the other two judges rated us number one. The teams of Nick Snow and Christine Tornatore (coached by David Keith and Jonathan Yu) and Nancy Asitfo and Scott Tidwell (coached by Dan Nguyen and Tim Thiel) also performed extremely well. We beat 18 teams including teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Hastings, Pepperdine, Cal Western, Texas Tech and the University of Georgia, among others.
“I was particularly pleased with all teams’ ability to articulate a strategy and follow it during the negotiations,” said Professor Paul Spiegelman who traveled with the team. “Our teams were particularly adept at explaining to the judges why they did what they did, a key skill in scoring well.”
After helping host the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition on September 23-25 and competing in the Entertainment Law Competition on the first week in October, the next stop is the ABA Regional Competition at Santa Clara University on November 4-6. The teams of Elizabeth Chu/Dan Nguyen and Scott Greenwood/David Keith will represent TJSL there.
The semester culminates in tryouts for new members on Sunday, November 13, beginning at 4:00 pm. Watch for announcements of details on the electronic bulletin board, in emails. Everyone who will be here for at least one year starting in January (including current 1L’s) is welcome to try out for the ADR Society.