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Lawrence Negotiation Competition draws students, alumni

Douglas L. Williams ’80, senior vice president and general counsel of Limited Brands, Inc., will present the 2011 Lawrence Negotiation Lecture on negotiating business contracts in an international context. The lecture will take place Tuesday, October 11 from 12 - 1 p.m. in Drinko 348.

Prior to joining Limited Brands in 1998, Williams was a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and a partner before that at the firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren & Rubenstein. He has a rich background in the areas of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation and has advised companies on human resources and equal employment opportunity issues.

Williams also is a former assistant professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is a faculty member of the American Law Institute – American Bar Association. He lectures frequently on employment relations issues.

In addition to his Oct. 11 lecture, titled “Collaborative Practice and Deep Resolution of Client Conflicts,” this year’s Lawrence Negotiation Competition workshop will be held Oct. 10 with Rishi Batra, the College’s current Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution. Batra is a graduate of Harvard Law School and served as director of its mediation program. Batra works closely with professors at Moritz who teach in the alternative dispute resolution field, and he assists in the mediation clinic as part of the two-year appointment.

The Lawrence Negotiation Competition then runs Oct. 17-21, with students vying for a chance to compete in regional and national negotiations competitions conducted by the American Bar Association.

During the competition, teams of two law students working as advocates for a fictitious client negotiate against one another. They are judged on their ability to work together, establish rapport with the opposing team, and maximize the interests of their client. Every team competes in the first two rounds, after which the competition becomes single elimination.

The competition is named after James K.L. Lawrence ’65, a partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. He has worked at the National Labor Relations Board and has mediated disputes for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Court of Common Pleas for Hamilton County, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Mediation Project and with private clients.

Through continued study at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, he has blended study and practice when teaching courses in mediation and negotiation at Moritz and at the University of Cincinnati Law School. He generously has given of his time, talent, and resources to Moritz’ Program on Dispute Resolution over the years.

To volunteer your assistance for the upcoming Lawrence Negotiation Competition or other moot court programs, contact Elizabeth Sherowski ’96 at sherowski.2@osu.edu.

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