Everyone Loves a Good Compromise

by Peter Jetton


The 2009 Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations competition came to a close on Friday, September 25 in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at Washington and Lee School of Law. Congratulations to the winning team of Eric Hoffman and Scott Kelly.

The finals were judged, not easily I presume, by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jason Wolfrey.  This year’s finalists advanced from a field that began with more than ninety competitors.  The team of Liz Clarke and Chas Holder were named Runners-Up and Honorable Mention went to the team of Bryan Hoynak and John Thomas. The team of Sabina Thaler and Maryl Sattler also competed in the finals.

2009 Negotiations Competition finalists and the judge.

2009 Negotiations Competition finalists and the judge.

The Negotiations Competition is an annual American Bar Association sponsored competition that emphasizes teamwork and the ability to resolve disputes in a negotiation setting.  For this competition, students are organized into teams of two and, working from a fact pattern containing both general (known to both parties) and confidential information (known only to their client), opposing teams work together in a limited time frame in an effort to identify a compromise acceptable to their respective clients. This year the problem involved an employment termination dispute.

Videos of both rounds of the finals are available at the Law School website and also on the School’s YouTube channel.

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