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Law School Negotiation Team: On to the Nationals

NOVEMBER 10, 2011—The University of Minnesota Law School negotiation teams made a great showing at the ABA Region 5 Negotiation Competition this past weekend, Nov. 5-6, at the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law. Bobby Mir (’12) and Ben Tozer (’12) composed one team, and David Morine (’12) and Jade Holman (’13) the other team.

This year the competition's simulations involved the topic of real property. Teams of two student attorneys represented "clients" who brought new issues to each of the three rounds of negotiations: the first on sale of a residence, the second on complaints by a contentious homeowners association, and the third on premises liability.

On Saturday, the Law School teams placed in the top four of the 24 teams, with Morine and Holman taking first—putting both teams into the next day's final round.

In Sunday’s final round, the Mir-Tozer team took top honors, securing a place at the 2011-12 ABA National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans on Feb. 3-4.

These results continue the strong showing of the Law School negotiation teams, which have advanced to the final round of the regional competition three years in a row and to the national competition in 2009. Mary Alton serves as faculty coach.

While Minnesota students were in Kansas City competing in the Region 5 event, the Law School was hosting the Region 7 Negotiation Competition. Members of the Twin Cities legal community judged 50 competitors from 10 U.S. and Canadian law schools over the weekend. The event was overseen by Prof. John Matheson with the assistance of Jenna Nand (’12) and others.


Negotiation Team

From left to right: David Morine (’12), Jade Holman (’13), Mary Alton, Ben Tozer (’12) and Bobby Mir (’12)