Photo credit- University of Utah School of Law. Pictured Left to Right – Erik Carlson, Kalie Rosenbaugh, Professor C.J. Larkin, Kema Johnson, Steven Lambert

DU Law sent our first team to the ABA Representation in Mediation Regional Competition in Salt Lake City earlier this month. Twelve (12) teams from the Northwest Region competed in sessions mediated by renowned Utah professional mediators. Team members Erik Carlson, Kema Johnson, Steven Lambert and Kalie Rosenbaugh prepared to play the roles of both attorney and client. The competition challenges students to develop their skills in client counseling, negotiating, problem-solving and working with a mediator. Try-outs for next year’s team will take place in Fall 2016. For further information about this competition, please contact Professor C.J. Larkin.

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Denver Law’s Mediation Ethics Essay Winner

Brittany Frisbie, 2L, from Fort Morgan, Colo., wrote the winning essay for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s first Mediation Ethics Essay Competition. The law school’s competition was the local version of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s national essay competition, timed to coincide with both Mediation Month (October) and Cyberweek (November), both of which highlight online dispute resolution (ODR). Frisbie’s essay was based on the ABA’s fact pattern which involved a mediator who was faced with several possible ethical issues, including whether or not to conduct a mediation entirely online to save travel costs for both parties. One party wants to and the other doesn’t. Frisbie’s essay addressed this and other ethical issues using the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators and the Uniform Mediation Act. The winning essay for the ABA’s national competition will be announced later this winter.
“Researching and writing this essay reinforced my interest in mediation and allowed me to analyze the presented ethical concerns in order to reach resolutions that uphold the integrity of the mediation process,” says Frisbie. “My work experience in a family law firm has given me the opportunity to sit in on mediations and observe the process first-hand. I’ve learned the importance of keeping each party’s interests in mind throughout the process for a successful mediation.”

mediation team

DU Law’s Representation in Mediation Team: First row: Kema G. Johnson, Rachael Isaacson, Ashley Kincaid Lloyd, and Kalie Rosenbaugh. 2nd Row: Professor C.J. Larkin (Faculty Coach), Zach Wechsler, Erik Carlson, Sandy Ramlo, Steven Lambert, Audrey Johnson, and Jim Stone (Assistant Coach). Not pictured: Megan Livingston, Tahli Salem, and Shellina Trujillo.

DU Law’s first ABA Representation in Mediation Team has been selected by coaches Professor C.J. Larkin and Jim Stone. A two-person team will be selected from the larger team to compete at the regional competition in March at the University of Utah School of Law (Salt Lake City). If successful at regionals, the team will compete at the national competition in April in New York City. Professor Larkin describes the competition as “designed to develop students’ client counseling, negotiation, mediation and self-reflection skills”.