The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law November 2010
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Mediators Beyond Borders Chapter at Moritz Looking to Have International Impact

Students have a chance to get learn about and get involved with international mediation opportunities this year, through the student chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders.

Mediators Beyond Borders is an international organization with projects in many countries. Founded in 2007, they were the only mediation group approved as an observer at last year’s Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.

Given their broad reach, it is surprising that the Moritz chapter is one of only a dozen student chapters at any school. This is due to the hard work of Chapter President Katie Linehan, ’12, who, along with Vice-President Micah Tippie, ’12, are leading the organization this year.

“We want to have an organization to show law students that dispute resolution skills can be used to solve present-day conflicts, such as reintegrating child soldiers in to society in Liberia, and helping communities resolve conflicts after Katrina,” says Linehan, referring to ongoing MBB projects. “We want to have students’ classroom experiences connect to the real world.”

This year, the organization plans to work on placing students with international internships in mediation. In addition, the organization plans to train students in mediation, bringing a representative from the national organization to Moritz to share their experiences and teach practical mediation skills. They also are planning on doing research to find potential project sites where the national organization can have the greatest impact.

“Fundraising remains a challenge. We need to raise money for national dues, as well as send students to the national conference in Los Angeles, and fund internships abroad,” adds Linehan. As part of their activities, the students are planning a bake sale this semester, and are working on other funding opportunities.

The Mediators Beyond Borders chapter is advised by Professors Amy Cohen and Ellen Deason. Students who are interested in working with the chapter should contact President Katie Linehan, at

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