Mark J. Lodato, dean of the Newhouse School, announced the establishment of the Lorraine Branham Scholarship Program. Used primarily to recruit and support Newhouse students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and other underrepresented groups, the program will provide under-resourced, talented students…
Third-Year Law Students Win Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition
Third-year law students Sarah Knickerbocker and Lacey Grummons won the seventh annual Bond, Schoeneck & King Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition, which took place in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom in Dineen Hall on Sept. 27.
The team of Knickerbocker and Grummons prevailed over other finalists 2Ls Madison Calkins and William M.X. Wolfe.
Organized by the College of Law’s Advocacy Honor Society (AHS), the annual competition is open to two-person teams consisting of second- and third-year law students. The competition gives students an opportunity to practice resolving clients’ conflicts through arbitration, mediation and negotiation. Practitioners evaluate teams over the course of three days of rounds that culminate in a final round that is open to the public.
This year’s final round judges were Brian Bulter L’96, chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC’s litigation department; Daniel G. Cantone L’81, a family law settlement advocate and conflict resolution specialist; and James L. Sonneborn, an attorney at Bousquet Holstein PLLC.
The final problem—introduced by 3L Kari Gibson, Bond, Schoeneck & King ADR competition director—involved a dispute between two parties involved in a contract to purchased a house that, unfortunately, is infested with snakes. One party had filed a breach of contract suit.
The AHS—led by Executive Director 3L Gabrielle Bull—thanked the team of alumni, professors and other volunteers who judged earlier rounds of the competition.