The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law January 2014
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Negotiation Competition Winners Make Finals in ABA Regionals

ABA Regional Negotiation Competition Winners from left: Northwestern (2nd), Ohio State (4th), Chicago-Kent (1st) and Michigan State (3rd).

As the clock ran down on the last night of the Lawrence Negotiation Competition, the finalists pulled out all the stops to impress the panel of judges, displaying true negotiation skills.  It was the culmination of several days of the team negotiation competition at the Moritz College of Law, and in the end, 3Ls James Saywell and Mark Tupa, and 2Ls Charles (“CJ”) Demmer and Ryan Edmiston were proclaimed the winners of the competition. Joining them in the final round were the teams of 2Ls Amy Factor and Madalyn Fairbanks and 3Ls Kelly Kozich and Lindsey Ohlman. The teams faced a field of 30 teams to rise to the top over the course of four rounds of negotiations in order to win the competition. The in-school competition began on September 24 and concluded on September 30, 2013.

The Lawrence Negotiation competition is an annual event in which teams of two students compete in negotiation exercises in front of a panel of judges. Points are gained for skill in interest-based negotiation and accomplishing goals found in each team’s confidential materials. The winners of the competition advanced to the American Bar Association Regional Negotiations Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 9 and 10, 2013.

Due to scheduling conflicts between the regional competition and previous commitments for the 3L teams, the 2L teams of C.J. Demmer and Ryan Edmiston and Amy Factor and Madalyn Fairbanks travelled to Cincinnati to represent Moritz.  The two teams performed admirably in Cincinnati, with a bittersweet end to the first day of the competition when both teams tied for 4th place after the first two rounds of competition.  A tie-breaker count of their overall scores had to be performed and Demmer and Edmiston advanced to the second day finals, placing 4th overall in the competition.

The team thanks Prof. Elizabeth Sherowski for her organization and encouragement; Prof. Katrina Lee, Prof. Stephanie Hoffer and Prof. Lee Thomason, and alumni Kwame Christian and Cathy Geyer for their assistance advising on the regional problem and mooting the teams for competition.  The team was also delighted to see in-school competition namesake James K.L. Lawrence, who attended the final round in Cincinnati to cheer on the Buckeyes.

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