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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2012

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MSU Law Negotiation Team Wins American Bar Association Regional Competition

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Negotiation Team took first place in the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division 2012–13 Negotiation Competition regional event, which was held in Lansing on November 10 and 11, 2012.

Third-year (3L) student Anthony Chester and second-year (2L) student Lauren Prew won the Region 6 competition. They will advance to compete in the national negotiation competition February 8-9, 2013, at the ABA mid-year meeting in Dallas, Texas.

Anthony Chester and Lauren Prew
MSU Law ADR Negotiation team - Anthony Chester, Lauren Prew

“With 20 teams in each region, this is one of the toughest competitions to win,” said Professor Mary Bedikian, director of MSU Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. “Our ADR program and new 1L Contract Negotiation course provided a foundation of theory and practical skills for the students to hone their skills in dispute resolution.”

The competition promotes greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. This year’s topic was small business ventures.

MSU Law also had a second team in the competition, comprised of 2Ls Kyle Sandefur and Claire Kaisler. Both teams were coached by Professor Brian Pappas, associate director of MSU Law’s ADR program.

“Both teams worked very hard to help each other improve, and this was truly a team effort,” said Pappas.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world's problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


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648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 320
East Lansing, MI 48824

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