2013-2014 Teams & Competitions
In the ABA Negotiation Competition, teams of two students act as lawyers negotiating on behalf of their clients. Fordham is one of the most highly decorated schools in the nation in negotiation and has secured its place as one of the preeminent institutions for the practical application of negotiation theory. Fordham has won the Regional Negotiation Championship six times in the past eight years and has advanced to the national competition for seven of the past eight years. This fall the Society not only won the regional competition for the third year in a row but all three of its negotiation teams advanced to the final round of the regional competition. Fordham regularly finishes among the top ten out of hundreds of teams at nationals, and brought home the top prize in 2003. For the third time in its history, this year the Society received the rare honor of fielding two teams at the national competition.
ABA MediationAriel Choi
In the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, students act as both lawyers and clients. The lawyer-client teams work toward settlement with the aid of a neutral mediator. Fordham has a long history of success in mediation, including a national championship title. Fordham has swept the regional competition for four of the past six years.
International Law School Mediation Tournament
In the Spring of 2014, Fordham will be competing in the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution mediation competition in Chicago, IL. The competition is designed to test meditation skills with teams participating in mediator, advocate, and client roles. This competition includes teams from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Germany.
ICC International Commercial Mediation
Jeffrey Beer, Jr.
Held in Paris at the International Chamber of Commerce, the ICC Mediation Competition gives competitors an opportunity to test their problem-solving skills in a moot international business mediation. Competitors must apply ICC's ADR Rules to solve problems devised by a special drafting committee of international mediation experts. This competition is unique in that only certain distinguished schools are invited to compete. The Society was invited to the ICC's inaugural competition in 2006. Having consistently placed among the top teams, the Society has earned a strong reputation with the judges and an invitation in each successive year. In 2011, Fordham's team succesfully navigated through 58 teams from 27 countries to win the Sixth Annual ICC Mediation Competition.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial ArbitrationRobert Cohen
Maria Teresa Vanikiotis
In the Vis International Commercial Arbitration competition, students practice oral advocacy and brief writing skills most similar to those used in litigation. Advocates in arbitration present their arguments to an arbitral panel, and the proceedings are analogous to an informal mini-trial. Competitors study international contract law and the international conventions governing arbitration of disputes. After receiving the problem in the fall, the team produces briefs for both claimant and respondent. Members develop and hone their oral advocacy skills throughout the year in preparation for the oral argument portion of the competition in the Spring in Vienna and Hong Kong. Over 200 law schools from around the world compete. In the past few years, Fordham has achieved remarkable success. The 2008 Hong Kong team advanced to the semifinals, receiving three Best Oral Advocate honorable mentions and an honorable mention for Best Claimant's Brief. The 2008 Vienna team advanced to the elimination rounds and ranked 27th out of 204 teams, receiving two Best Oral Advocate honorable mentions. The 2009 Hong Kong team won a Best Respondent’s Brief honorable mention. The 2009 Vienna team advanced to the elimination rounds and won a Best Oral Advocate honorable mention among roughly 30 out of nearly 1000 eligible competitors.