Our competitions rely on volunteer judges, without whom we could not provide these valuable experiences to the students. This is a great opportunity for practitioners from the community to assist the next generation of attorneys in gaining valuable experience and knowledge. In turn, the BOA provides the volunteer judges with thanks, CLE credits, and dinner. The number of CLE credits varies between 3.6 and 4.8 hours per night judged, depending on the time commitment of each round of competition. This is a great way to earn CLE credit as you receive credit for each night of participation.
We mail out registration packets to all the volunteers in our database before each competition. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be included, please provide your information on the “Interested in Becoming a Judge?” form below.
The Negotiation Competition, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) competition, is a negotiation between two teams based on a fictional fact pattern. Each team consists of two students, both acting as attorneys. The Negotiation competition is open to all Mizzou Law students.
We need your help judging these aspiring legal advocates during the evenings of October 7-9 at Mizzou Law. We ask that you arrive at 6:15 pm to check-in, enjoy a complimentary dinner, and attend a brief judges meeting before the competition begins at 7:00 pm and will end by 10 pm (if not before). You will also receive CLE credits for your time.
The teams are given general information describing the problem. Each team also receives confidential information providing additional details about their client’s interests and needs for reaching an agreement. Based on the general and confidential information, each team advocates to resolve the dispute in the manner most favorable to the client, while still focusing on a mutually beneficial resolution. Teams are neither required to reach an agreement, nor are they penalized for not reaching an agreement; instead the competition focuses on the process of the negotiation and how each team handles the situation. Judges and attorneys evaluate how teams utilize ADR skills and work cooperatively to address their client’s interests.
Each negotiation consists of one 40 minute negotiation session, as well as two 5 minute self-analyses, and a 5 to 10 minute judges’ feedback session. Before the teams do a self-analysis, each team is given 5 minutes outside of the competition room to analyze their performance and prepare for the self-analysis. During the negotiation, each team may take one break of no more than 5 minutes to confer outside of the competition room. During this break the 40 minute time clock does not stop.
On behalf of MU Law’s Board of Advocates, we hope that you join us as a judge for what we expect to be an exciting and excellent Negotiation Competition.
To serve as a judge for this competition, please follow this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084faca72ca0f94-20141. You will be directed to a website allowing you to select a date and time slot that works with your schedule.