Fordham Law

Dispute Resolution Society Advances to Finals in International Competition

February 22, 2012

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Society placed among the top 16 teams in the world at the Seventh Annual International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition held February 3–8 in Paris.
Team members Mandy Barner '12, Rachael DeChacon '12, Elliott Nathanson '12, and Amee Parekh '12 advanced through four preliminary rounds over two days and were chosen from over 66 teams to advance. They were one of only five U.S. teams chosen to participate in the final rounds.

"Our Fordham ICC Mediation team had outstanding performances at the competition, advancing to the finals.  I was thrilled to observe their utmost professionalism and first-rate problem-solving skills in the international arena," said Professor Jacqueline Nolan-Haley, Director of the Conflict Resolution & ADR Program.

The competition, organized by ICC’s Amicable Dispute Resolution Department, hosted 66 law schools from 35 countries 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.

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 Member Andra Prutu '12 and Society Alumni Coach and Adjunct Professor Stephen J. Grable '07. The team received preparatory support from Society Chairperson Kaitlyn Kerrane '12, as well as several other alumni and current Society members.

"Through their hard work and dedication, Mandy, Rachael, Elliott and Amee have continued Fordham’s history of success in Paris," said Kerrane. "We are all very proud of these competitors and grateful to the dedicated alumni, faculty, and Society members that continue to drive our success."

Fordham Law's Dispute Resolution Program is ranked 11th in the nation by the 2012 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, visit the DRS website.