Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

March 02, 2010
Two Negotiation Honors Program Teams Place in Paradise

Southwestern's Negotiation Honors Program sent two teams to Hawaii to compete in the 2010 ABA Client Counseling Competition, which was recently held at the University of Hawaii School of Law in Honolulu. Both performed exceptionally well. The team of Chad Derby and Natalie Weatherford earned Second Place and Kyle Marks and Alan Harris finished fourth.

Natalie Weatherford and
Chad Derby

"Both teams had outstanding performances and independently had at least one judge give them perfect scores," said Professor Nyree Gray, who co-advised the teams with Professor Cristina Knolton. "We were the only law school with two teams to advance to the semifinal round. Our [Second Place] team had a very close match with UC Davis in the finals."

Southwestern's contingent competed against teams from law schools throughout California, Hawaii and Nevada, including
UC Davis, University of Hawaii, Santa Clara, UC Hastings, Chapman, and UNLV. The issues they discussed dealt with a series of different problems related to the topic of white collar crime.

Kyle Marks and Alan Harris

"Our team practice helped immensely in the actual competition," Weatherford said. "In the weeks preceding the competition, we brainstormed and prepared for every conceivable legal issue that could come up... Professor Gray, as well as the entire negotiation team, helped us prepare for the competition by acting as clients and judges for our sparring rounds, and provided invaluable advice and critiques that really helped us refine our client counseling skills."