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Law students shine at ABA competition

April 22, 2009

Two law students, 3L Trish Stuhan and 1L Rob Gordon, represented the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at the 2009 American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Representation in Mediation Competition, April 15-16 in New York City.

The students advanced through the 10-team preliminary rounds until falling in the semi-final round. Stuhan had advanced to the semi-final round of the 2008 nationals, too, with then-teammate and now coach Kristine Reich, the College's Director of Pro Bono and Community Outreach.

Stuhan and Gordon advanced to the national round after winning the regional competition hosted by the College of Law in March. ASU teams have won the regional round of the Representation in Mediation Competition nine out of the last 10 years.

The ABA's Representation in Mediation Competition measures how well students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation and provides students a valuable opportunity to experience the mediation process. The students are judged on preparation, teamwork, client representation, use of opportunities in the mediation process, and other elements of effective advocacy in mediation.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law