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Winners of W&L Law Negotiations Competition Announced

The 2012 Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law concluded Friday evening, September 21, with the team of Dominik Taylor and O’Dane Williamson taking first place.  Also competing in the finals were Justin Feinman and Po Lutken (second place), Jim Bailey and Emerald Berg, and Stephen Donaldson and Katie Reese.

Sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division, the Negotiations Competition helps students develop practical legal skills and emphasizes teamwork and the ability to resolve disputes in a negotiation setting.  During the competition, teams of students acting as lawyers for opposing parties receive confidential information about how they can best represent their clients’ interests.  The teams work together in a limited time frame to find a compromise that is acceptable to both of their clients.

The problem for this year’s finals involved a contract dispute between a the Lexington Bricks, a team in the Law School Football League, and its newly drafted, rookie running back, Mo Allen.

Christopher Bou Saeed, Misha Daha, and Garrett Greiner administered the competition.  David S. Eggert, former Partner at Arnold & Porter, The Honorable Robert S. Ballou, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia, and Mr. Robert J. Grey, Jr., ’76L, Partner at Hunton & Williams, judged the final round of the competition.

The Moot Court Board named the competition in honor of Grey, past president of the American Bar Association and a member of the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees, because of his extensive experience in dispute resolution.  Grey’s practice has focused on administrative matters before state and federal agencies, mediation and dispute resolution, and legislative representation of clients.

The Moot Court Executive Board administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition, Mock Trial, Client Counseling, and Representation in Mediation Competition.  For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit http://law.wlu.edu/mootcourt.