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Law School Team Shines at ABA National Negotiation Competition

FEBRUARY 10, 2014—On Saturday, Feb. 8, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the University of Minnesota Law School Corporate Institute student team of Christie Sullivan (’15) and Dan Hegg (’16) placed third overall in the ABA National Negotiation Competition. The final round of the event was lively, suspenseful, and very close, with the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers each separated by a single point.

The annual competition begins in November with more than 200 teams from law schools across North America participating. Twenty-four teams that have won first or second place in regional matchups then travel to the national finals in February. On the first day of finals there are two rounds of negotiation, reducing the field to 16 teams. On the second day there are also two rounds; the first reduces the field to 8 teams, which then compete for the championship. Only the top four places are announced. This year's order of finish was:

  • 1st—Lewis & Clark Law School
  • 2nd—University of Houston Law Center
  • 3rd—University of Minnesota Law School Corporate Institute
  • 4th—Washington & Lee University School of Law

The Sullivan-Hegg team's road to the top four was complicated by the fact that its coach, adjunct associate professor Helen Winder, was unable to be in Chicago, due to a leg injury that prevented her from traveling. All the same, said Winder, "we were in constant contact during nationals. I coached the team remotely by phone, text, email, and Skype. They put in an extraordinary effort, with four intense negotiation sessions over two days. I am very proud of their hard work and accomplishment."


Christie Sullivan and Dan Hegg

Dan Hegg (’16) and Christie Sullivan (’15)