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December 6, 2005

Press Contacts:
Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330 or Marla Massin, Advocacy Programs, (512) 232-1258.

UT Law Wins American Bar Association National Arbitration Competition

ABA winners

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law became the first champions of the Inaugural American Bar Association National Arbitration Competition held in St. Paul, Minnesota on Nov. 18-20. The team consisted of law students Andrew Cook, ’06, Portia Bettis Culver, ’06, Casey Kaplan, ’07, and Sarah Munson, ’07.

The competition was held at the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota; teams came from twenty law schools around the nation to compete. The University of Texas team competed in five rounds, including a final round against Stetson University.

The ABA National Arbitration Competition was developed by the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the National Arbitration Forum to promote greater knowledge of arbitration among law students by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing.

Through this competition, participating students learn to think, act and be an advocate representing a client in an arbitration. The students prepare and present an arbitration case and are involved in opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations. This year the competition focused on a commercial dispute between two businesses.

Related Link:
ABA National Arbitration Competition Web Site: http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html