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Lawrence Negotiation Competition
2012-2013 Lawrence Competition Winners: From left, Kwame Christian, Chris Stroeer, Cole Dove, and Elisabeth McClear.
Every fall, Moritz students compete in the intramural Lawrence Negotiation Competition, named for James K.L. Lawrence ('65). The winners and runners-up in this week-long competition move on to Regional and National Negotiations Competitions, which the American Bar Association conducts.
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.
Working with the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program, the Program on Dispute Resolution (PDR) enriches the competitors' experience in two ways. First, the PDR hosts a speaker with a distinguished career as a negotiator.
Second, the Program conducts a negotiation workshop for students who have no prior experience in negotiating to introduce them to effective negotiation skills and strategies and to prepare them for the competition.
These events, together with the competition itself, create an engaging and stimulating learning experience for all participants.
Any Moritz student may participate in any aspect of the week-long event; those students pursuing the Certificate in Dispute Resolution may earn Externship hours through their participation.
2012 -2013 Schedule of Events
- September 20 - Introduction to Negotiation with Langdon Fellow Erin Archerd (Room 345, 6-9 p.m.)
- October 1-5 - Lawrence Negotiation Competition
- October 25 - Lawrence Lecture with Ken Feinberg (Saxbe Auditorium, October 25, 4-6 p.m.)
2012 Lawrence Lecturer: Ken Feinberg
Saxbe Auditorium, October 25, 4-6 p.m.
Kenneth R. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, in which he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Among his many other ADR roles, he has served as Special Master for TARP and as administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund. He recently published Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval.
James K. L. Lawrence ('65) is a partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. Following graduation from law school, 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, has practiced labor-relations and employment law. He is a skilled advocate in arbitration and an astute negotiator in collective bargaining and settlement discussions.
He has pursued vigorously the sustained study of dispute resolution materials at programs throughout the country, including the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, and has blended that study and practice into teaching courses in negotiation and mediation at Moritz and at the University of Cincinnati Law School.
He has given generously of his time, talent, guidance and resources to Moritz and our Program on Dispute Resolution over the years, so it is perfectly fitting that this expanded educational enterprise with Negotiation at its core be conducted in his name.