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Liberty University School of Law Repeat Champion in Regional Negotiation Competition

November 06, 2008

Liberty University School of Law has repeated as the champion in this year’s American Bar Association (ABA) Regional Negotiation Competition. The law school’s competition teams took first and third place.

On Saturday, November 1, Liberty University School of Law sent three student negotiation teams with the determination to earn this year’s title. The School of Law returned home with the regional championship and will now move to the National Competition later in the year. The regional competition was held at Georgetown University.

The team of Kari Coble, a third-year law student, and Jordan Van Matre, a second-year law student, took first place while Brian Locker and Cherie Burton, both second-year law students, took third.

The Regional Negotiation Competition serves as an extra-curricular activity in which law students can participate in simulated specific legal negotiations and counseling functions. This year’s competing topic was Elder Law. The students were challenged to work through three precise problems in a scenario involving a family dispute. They were then reviewed by the judges in the categories of preparation, teamwork, flexibility, and, ultimately, the representation of their client’s interests.

“Interacting with students is truly one of the best parts of my job,” said David Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Law and one of the three coaches.

Liberty University School of Law is committed to academic and professional excellence in the context of the Christian intellectual tradition, aspiring to produce graduates who are clear thinkers, skilled legal practitioners, and morally responsible leaders of society. “We are training a new generation of lawyers, judges, educators, policy makers, and world leaders in the rule of law within the context of a Christian worldview,” Mathew Staver, Dean of Liberty University School of Law, concluded.