The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law November 2014
ADR @ Moritz

Another Big Year for the Lawrence Negotiation Competition

With more than 10% of the student body participating, 2014 was another huge year for the James K.L. Lawrence Negotiation Competition. This year’s competition took place from October 6-10, and 72 students showed off their skills in an effort to be crowned the top Moritz negotiators.

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 teams advance to semi-finals and a final round of four teams. Those four teams are ranked against one other, with the top two teams taking competition honors.

3Ls Josh Fravel and Ed Hebb took first place after a week of competition. This team, together with 2Ls Chris Sponseller and Matt Raby, who took second place, will represent Moritz at the ABA Regional Negotiations Competition on November 8-9 in Chicago, Illinois. 2Ls Tyler Hall and Tyler Blair were narrowly edged out by Sponseller and Raby, and finished in third place. 2Ls Dan Broidy and Danielle Dillard took fourth place.

The Moritz Moot Court Governing Board, led by Chief Justice Katie Kalbacher, Executive Competition Justice Susan Restrepo, Executive Lawyering Skills Justice Alexi Layton, and advised by Professor Elizabeth Sherowski, did a tremendous job organizing so many teams of students during the competition. Along with scores of alumni and members of the Central Ohio legal community, Professors Erin Archerd, Sarah Cole, Beth Cooke, Ellen Deason, Katherine Silver Kelly, Sara Sampson, Josh Stulberg, and Paul Rose all helped to organize and/or judge the competition.

The in-school negotiation competition at Moritz is sponsored by James K. L. Lawrence (’65), a long-time partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. Following graduation from law school at Ohio State, he worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. He left the Board to join his firm and, for more than 30 years, practiced labor-relations and employment law. He is a skilled advocate in arbitration and an astute negotiator in collective bargaining and settlement discussions. He also regularly returns to his alma mater to teach intensive courses in areas like Dispute Resolution in Employment.

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