Mediation Team Wins Regionals

Congratulations to the W&L team of Sabina Thaler ’11L and Stacey Valentine ’11L who placed first in the regional ABA Representation in Mediation Competition hosted by Washington and Lee on February 27-28. The team now moves on to the national competition, held April 7-8 in San Francisco.

Stacey Valentine and Sabina Thaler

Stacey Valentine, left, and Sabina Thaler are headed to the national mediation competition.

The competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, is designed to acquaint the law student participants with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically representation of clients in mediation. Teams from the law schools at W&L, William & Mary, Liberty, Regent, Richmond, and Stetson participated in the competition.

During the competition, students participate in teams of two, with one student playing the role of the attorney and the other acting as the client.  The two teams meet in the presence of a mediator and work towards resolution of their difficulties. The competitors are judged on the effective combination of advocacy skills and problem-solving. Participants are not expected to sacrifice their client’s interests in order to be collaborative.

They winning team was coached at regionals by Jonathan Lockwood ’10L, a member of the Moot Court Board at W&L. To learn more about Moot Court, visit

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