The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law November 2010
ADR @ Moritz

Four Headed to Regional Negotiation Competition

(clockwise, from top left)
Paul Brandstetter '12,
Joseph Clark III '11,
Gregory Williams '11,
and David Lisko '11

After a hard fought week of negotiations, the two winning teams from the annual Lawrence Negotiation Competition are looking forward to representing the Moritz College of Law at the regional ABA Negotiation Competition. Paul Brandstetter ’12 and Joseph Clark III ‘11, tied with David Lisko ’11 and Gregory Williams ’11 for first place as the winners of the one week competition. The competition was held from October 10 to October 15 at the law school, consisting of two preliminary rounds, a semi-final with 8 teams, and a final of four teams. Over 70 students, in teams of two, participated in the competition, more than twice the number from previous years.

The competition had the teams of students delve in to the world of modern video games, which have become major productions like movies, with their own stars, writers, and producers. The problem this year concerned negotiations between a video game company and an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete, as well as between the video game company and a writer for the game. The final round involved negotiations after a breakdown of the working relationship between the company and the athlete, and involved legal issues of right of publicity and contract law.

The Lawrence Negotiation Competition is open to all 2L and 3L Moritz law students, and participation is required for students in Josh Stulberg’s Negotiation class.

"The competition is a great chance for students to really put what they have learned in classes into practice,” says Stulberg. “The setting is importantly professional. The substantive problems are challenging. The competition format supports each student displaying and sharpening his or her performance skills. And the feedback from the judges - themselves lawyers and judges - provides valuable insights to students as to the range of approaches adopted in professional practice. It is a rich learning experience for all participants. The two teams selected as the winners by these judges will represent Moritz very well at the Regional Competition."

The winners are excited about the next step for them. “The competition was a great experience, and I enjoyed putting what I learned in class in to practice,” says winner Joseph Clark. “While I was surprised to be chosen, I am very excited to represent Moritz at the regional competition. This is a great opportunity for us and fun as well.”

The winning teams represent the law school at the Midwest Regional, hosted by Michigan State University, but held this year in Detroit, Michigan, on November 13 and 14. 20 teams are scheduled for the regional, from 10 different law schools. Winners from the regional go on to the national competition in 2011.

The teams are coached this year by Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution Rishi Batra. The Lawrence Negotiation Competition is made possible through the generosity of James K.L. Lawrence, ’65.

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