Fordham Law

DRS Team Ranks #1 Among U.S. Teams, Earns 4th Place in International Competition

February 25, 2010

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society Team placed 4th in the world and was the highest ranking U.S. team at the Fifth Annual International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition held February 6 – 10 in Paris.

Team members Cindy Alvarado '10 and Justin Elliott '10 advanced undefeated through four preliminary rounds and a quarterfinal round and received extensive
 Michael Camarinos '10, Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Cindy Alvarado '10, and Justin Elliott '10
praise from the mediators, judges, and competition organizers for their preparation, understanding of the mediation process, and performance. Alvarado and Elliott met their only loss in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Nottingham Trent University.

"We here at Fordham are very proud of the extraordinary showing of the DRS team in this prestigious international competition," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "Coming on the heels of the team's other accomplishment in national competition earlier this month, this achievement cements the society's stellar reputation."

"Cindy and Justin did a phenomenal job in this very crowded and distinguished field of global competitors," added Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Director of the Conflict Resolution & ADR Program. "Congratulations to both of them for reaffirming Fordham's strength in problem solving."

The competition, organized by ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution Department, hosted 44 law schools from 18 countries with representatives of 35 nationalities in the largest and most competitive pool in its history. Fordham Law has been selected as a participant in the invite-only competition since its inception.

  Stephen J. Grable '07 with Alvarado and Elliott
The competition consists of two parts—written and oral advocacy—and divides teams into requesting and responding parties in mock mediation sessions. Team members act out the roles of counsel and client before a mediator and two judges. Competitors must apply ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution Rules to solve problems devised by a special drafting committee of international mediation experts during three days of preliminary rounds and two days of final rounds.

Fordham Law's team was coached by Society Alumni Coach and Adjunct Professor Stephen J. Grable '07. The team received preparatory support from Professor Nolan-Haley, Adrienne Reina '08, Society Chairman Michael Camarinos '10, as well as several other alumni and current Society members.

“Through hard work and brilliant mediation, Cindy and Justin have taken what was already a successful year to the global level,” said Camarinos. “I’m very proud of Cindy and Justin and grateful to the dedicated alumni, faculty, and Society members that continue to drive our success.”

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Program is ranked 10th in the nation by the 2010 U.S. News & World Report. The Dispute Resolution Society competes in national and international mediation, negotiation, and arbitration competitions, hosts an annual symposium attended by hundreds of academics and professionals in the ADR field, hosts the Annual Fordham Vis Practice Moot, and teaches a course on negotiation techniques to local high school students at MLK Jr. High School. For more information, please visit the DRS website.