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MSU Law Hosts, Earns Eight Awards at Great Lakes Mediation Tournament

Michigan State University College of Law hosted and earned eight awards from the 2014 Great Lakes Mediation Tournament. Fourteen teams and 42 competitors from six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada, competed in the event on February 14–16.

The competition is structured so that one team member acts as the mediator in one room while two teammates act as client and advocate in another room. The rounds are co-mediated, providing four teams with the opportunity to compete in each competition room. MSU Law team and individual honors include:

  • Best Mediator: 2L Sarah Peters
  • 1st Place Client/Advocate: 2L Dennis Malecki, 2L Jessica Saddler
  • 5th Place Client/Advocate: 3L Kyle Sandefur and 2L Erin Sweeney
  • 2nd Place Client/Advocate Team: 2L Dennis Malecki, 2L Jessica Saddler, 3L Lauren Prew
  • 3rd Place Client/Advocate Team: 2L Brian Pike, 3L Kyle Sandefur, 2L Erin Sweeney
  • 4th Place Client/Advocate Team: 2L Annie Norwood, 2L Sarah Peters, 2L Justin Williams
  • 2nd Place Mediator Team: 2L Annie Norwood, 2L Sarah Peters, 2L Justin Williams
  • 4th Place Mediator Team: 2L Brian Pike, 3L Kyle Sandefur, 2L Erin Sweeney
Great Lakes Competition

All three competing MSU Law teams advanced to the semi-final round and qualified for the final four, although the rules allow only one team from each school to participate in the championship round. The Law College’s team of 2Ls Justin Williams, Sarah Peters, and Annie Norwood took fourth place in the competition’s final standings.

Thirty-seven mediators and attorneys from around the state of Michigan volunteered significant time and energy in judging the competition. “A special thank you goes out to all the judges who made an enormous sacrifice of time and energy to brave snow and distance to help us through several very long days,” said Brian Pappas, associate director of MSU Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Photo: Front row (from left)—3L Lauren Prew, 2L Annie Norwood, 2L Jessica Saddler; Back row (from left)—2L Brian Pike, 3L Kyle Sandefur, 2L Dennis Malecki, 2L Sarah Peters, 2L Justin Williams, and 2L Erin Sweeney

Last updated: February 24, 2014


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