2016 Lawrence Lecture and Negotiation Competition

2016 Lawrence Lecturer Marya Kolman presents Principles in Practice: Finding your Effective Negotiation Style

September 21 @ Noon, Saxbe Auditorium Registration is now closed

Marya colorMarya Cody Kolman will apply negotiation theory to practice and illustrate how negotiators can pair negotiation methods with personal conflict behavior.  Ms. Kolman will leverage decades of experience as a negotiator and mediator to highlight effective and ineffective negotiation styles.

Ms. Kolman is the Director of Mediation Services for the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch and serves as an adjunct professor with the Moritz College of Law for the Inter-professional Care Seminar and the Legal Negotiations class.  Previously, Ms. Kolman practiced as a mediator and attorney in private practice, served as a law clerk for Justice Craig Wright of the Ohio Supreme Court, was a supervising attorney in the Clinical Programs at the Moritz College of Law and served as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.  For the past ten years, Ms. Kolman has served as faculty advisor for the Moritz student teams participating in the ABA’s Representation-in-Mediation Competition.  She is a frequent lecturer and trainer on mediation and negotiation topics.

Ms. Kolman earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. in Social Work from the Pennsylvania State University. She is the past President of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), an international organization of conflict resolution professionals.

2016 Schedule of Events

  • September 19, 6 to 9 pm – Introduction to Negotiation with Langdon Fellow William Froehlich
  • September 21 @ Noon in Saxbe  Lawrence Lecture with Marya Kolman, Director of Mediation Services, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch Register Here!
  • September 26 to 28 – Lawrence Negotiation Competition
  • October 5 @ Noon in Room 348  – Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution with ADR faculty and student groups

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 enriches the competitors’ experience in two ways. First, the Program 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.

 James K. L. Lawrence ’65

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.