UC Hastings Negotiation and Mediation Team Places First at International Mediation Tournament

The UC Hastings Negotiation and Mediation Team won 1st Place in Mediation at the International Academy of Dispute Resolution International Mediation Tournament held last week at the University of Nebraska School of Law.

After a 3-day tournament in the disciplines of mediation and advocacy, participants were recognized both for their individual work in each of the rounds, as well as their collective aggregate performance as a team.

2Ls Danielle Santucci, Andrea Isaacs, and Emily Lynch emerged as the champions of the tournament while also taking home a significant amount of individual awards. Not to be outshined, the 1L team of Rachel Lydon, Olivia Molodanof, and Kerry Roberson placed 3rd in Mediation.

Awards are given to recognize the Top 10 individual performances and the Top 4 aggregate team performances. UC Hastings dominated the entire field, which featured top law schools from around the country, and their total award count was as follows:

  • 1st Place Team Mediation: Danielle Santucci, Andrea Isaacs, and Emily Lynch
  • 1st Place Mediation: Danielle Santucci
  • 2nd Place Team Advocacy: Danielle Santucci, Andrea Isaacs, and Emily Lynch
  • 3rd Place Team Mediation: Kerry Roberson, Rachel Lydon, and Olivia Molodanof
  • 4th Place Advocacy: Emily Lynch and Danielle Santucci
  • 5th Place Mediation: Andrea Isaacs
  • 6th Place Advocacy: Olivia Molodanof, Kerry Roberson
  • 7th Place Mediation: Kerry Roberson
  • 9th Place Advocacy: Andrea Isaacs and Emily Lynch
  • 10th Place Mediation: Rachel Lydon

Remarkably, the two UC Hastings squads also tied for first place in the voting for the competitor-voted Spirit of Mediation Award, given to the team that competitors voted as the strongest performers and the best to work with in Mediation.

“The Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at UC Hastings congratulates the whole Team for their efforts,” said Professor Sheila Purcell. “We are proud to be known nationally as ‘the Team to beat’ given the consistently high quality efforts of our members. Congratulations on a job well done!” “Special thanks should also be given to the hard work of Faculty Advisor Professor Clint Waasted, Assistant Coach Billy Hileman ’12, and countless UC Hastings alumni who volunteer guidance and feedback to the students,” continued Professor Purcell.

“Over the past 16 years the UC Hastings ADR Team has established itself as a truly innovative learning experience that sets the standard for ADR education,” remarked Professor Clint Waasted. “The team’s impressive accomplishments are a reflection of the considerable skill, hard work, and dedication of CNDR. I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”

UC Hastings is rated by the US News and World Report as #12 in the country for its Dispute Resolution program. This reputation is built on our Mediation Clinic, its faculty, its diverse and deep ADR curriculum, its programs for practitioners (such as 40 hour Mediation Certificate Program), and the consistently outstanding work of the Negotiation and Mediation Team.