La Verne Law ADR Team Competes in National Event

Four members of the La Verne Law Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Competition Team took part in the recent Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition, earning praise from judges for their ability to negotiate.

Hosted by Southwestern Law School of Los Angeles, the two-day event featured 24 teams representing 15 law schools from across the country. It opened with two rounds on the opening day, during which each two-student team role-played as attorneys to negotiate an entertainment deal on behalf of a fictitious client. The top four teams advanced to final-day competition.

La Verne Law sent two teams to the event. While neither advanced to the finals, the duo of Amanda Velasquez (Granada Hills, Calif.) and William D’Amico (Eugene, Ore.) finished in the top half of the overall standings and the team of Adam Jeffery (Gault, Calif.) and Mark Adamson (Sherwood, Ore.) also competed well.

Along with the competition, the annual event also provided an opportunity for law students specifically interested in pursuing careers in entertainment law to network with entertainment industry members in Los Angeles and Hollywood.

Professor Susan Nauss Exon directs La Verne Law’s ADR Competition Team made up of 10 students who spend three to six hours each week apart from their regular studies to practice. Team members take turns in simulated negotiations while the rest of the team offers advice and counsel. Additional team members include Alberto Avila (Bakersfield, Calif.), Ruthann Elder (Mt. Vernon, Ohio), Marcella Lucente (Fontana, Calif.), Ednna Meraz (Temecula, Calif.), David Quintanar (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), and Stefanie Schmidt (Silverton, Ore.).

Professor Exon is a national speaker on topics related to alternative dispute resolution, and has had numerous articles published regarding civil procedure and mediation issues. An advocate for the creation of a cybercourt with jurisdiction over online disputes, her current research relates to mediation ethics and a mediator’s ability to engender trust.

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