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March 20, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

Michigan State Law Mediation Team Places Sixth in International Competition

Michigan State University College of Law students place sixth at the Twelfth Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament. Third-year (3L) students Stefanie Lacy and Anthony Chester, along with second-year (2L) student Lauren Prew, placed sixth in the advocate client category. MSU Law 3L David Aschwege filled in for a student unable to make the trip, helping that team place third in the mediation category.

“This group truly embodied what it means to be a team, and their success is due to everyone's efforts,” said MSU Law Assistant Clinical Professor Brian Pappas, who coached the team. “David Aschwege went above and beyond in joining a team that lacked a mediator.  Their third place finish was incredible and speaks to David's skill and quality as a teammate.”

Thirty-six teams and 108 competitors from five continents competed in the event, held March 12—15, 2013, at Law Society of Ireland, Dublin. The tournament provides law students with the opportunity to learn about the various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practice their mediation skills in friendly competition with other students from around the world. Teams of three students each go through three preliminary rounds serving as mediators, advocates and clients. 

Mediators work in pairs, with the co-mediators being from different schools, and are judged on their ability to work together with their co-mediator in addition to their listening skills, their ability to help the advocates and clients see the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, their ability to stay positive and professional, and their ability to help guide the parties to a resolution of the dispute that brought them to mediation. Advocates and clients are judged on their ability to present their case, to articulate their strengths and weaknesses, and to work with the mediators toward a solution while also meeting their needs and interests.

Pictured from left to right: Courtney Lyman (3L), Aaron Simonson (3L), Stefanie Lacy (3L), Lauren Prew (2L), David Aschwege (3L), Allison Kittelberger (3L), and Anthony Chester (3L).

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