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Board of Advocates Concludes Annual Negotiation Competition

October 15th, 2015

Board of Advocates

The School of Law’s Board of Advocates recently concluded its annual negotiation competition held at the law school. Congratulations to the winning team: 3Ls Serena Karraker and Mary Beth Griffin. These students will represent the law school at the regional competition in Birmingham, Ala., in November.

This year 18 teams participated, with a total of 36 competitors.

“I think the negotiation competition highlights the opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom,” Griffin said. “Participating in advocacy competitions exposes students to the more practical side of the practice of law and develops skills that we talk about in classes.”

“The level of talent in this year’s competition was higher than it has been in recent memory,” BOA Chair 3L Ben Marble said. ”Even more impressive was the amount of first year law school students that advanced to the final round. We hope this encourages first year students to participate in future competitions and get the practical experience they will need as attorneys.”

In the competition, teams are given general information about a dispute and confidential facts about their client’s interests. During a 40-minute negotiation session, teams strive for an outcome favorable to their client, while retaining focus on a mutually beneficial solution. The judges for the competition were practicing attorneys from the Mid-Missouri area and law school faculty. The final round was judged exclusively by professionals in alternative dispute resolution.

Best of luck to Mizzou Law’s winners as they represent Mizzou at the regional level, and congratulations to all who honed their skills in alternative dispute resolution.


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