A University of Montana School of Law team advanced to the final round during the American Bar Association-sponsored Law School Regional Negotiation Competition on Nov. 3-4 in Eugene, Ore.
University of Oregon School of Law hosted the region-10 event, which included law students from schools throughout the Northwest and western Canada. Three California schools also competed this year.
After earning the best score in the opening sessions, UM team members Covey Morris, a third-year law student from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Clare Hansen, a two-year law student from Tofte, Minn., advanced to a final-round appearance on Sunday.
“We were very pleased to do so well,” Morris said.
“With 24 teams competing, we knew the final round was going to be much harder,” said Hansen. “It was a wonderful learning experience, especially for the new team members.”
Appearing in their final competition this year were third-year law students Paul Adam from Billings and Christine Brauer from Great Falls. This year’s alternates were first-year law students Samir Aarab from Oslo, Norway, and Elizabeth Musick from Memphis, Tenn.
“Observing the other regional teams was a significant learning experience,” Aarab said.
“We’re already anxious to bring what we’ve learned to next year’s competition,”
The focus of the competition was small business ventures. The UM teams represented individual clients seeking to create partnerships or franchises between two competing parties. Succeeding rounds overlaid the discussions with increasingly complex issues and disputes.
“Eugene was a wonderful competition,” Adam said. “We wanted our team to grow from the experience. They were able to observe different styles and become more confident in their own.”
Beginning in early September, team coach Klaus Sitte helped prepare the UM teams for the competition. Sitte is director of students at the UM School of Law. He has coached the school’s negotiation team since 1991, with five teams competing at the national level and one team competing at the international level. UM teams have placed second and third nationally, and 16 teams have advanced to the regional final round.
“It’s great to see the hard work pay off with another final-round appearance for the UM School of Law,” Brauer said.
PHOTO CAPTION: UM School of Law negotiation competition team members (left to right): Elizabeth Musick, Klaus Sitte, Samir Aarab, Covey Morris, Clare Hansen, Christine Brauer and Paul Adam.