FORT WORTH, Texas, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- During the ABA's 2015-2016 National Representation in Mediation Competition held this month in New York City, Texas A&M University School of Law won the national title. The two-person mediation team of Aggie Law students Lynne Nash and Justin Davis prevailed over Berkeley in the competition's final round.
The competition began with 96 teams from 50 schools, with eight teams advancing to nationals: Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Fordham University School of Law, Liberty University School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Washington University School of Law, and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Each team consists of two law students, one of which portrays the client, the other the client's attorney in each round.
All eight teams competed in two rounds Wednesday. The four highest total scoring teams from the first two rounds advanced to the semi-finals Thursday morning: Berkeley, Texas A&M, Rutgers and Washington. In the semi-finals "knock-out round," Texas A&M and Berkeley advanced, with the Aggie team entering the final round ranked first place in points. Texas A&M prevailed over Berkeley in the final round, securing the victory. Adjunct Professor Kay Elliott coached the Nash and Davis team with support from the school's Center for Law and Intellectual Property and other specialized faculty.
"We are so proud to represent Texas A&M University School of Law," Nash said. "Our professors, coaches, and former students have been great resources throughout the regional and national competition preparation process."
Nash is a third-year law student who holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree from Abilene Christian University. She has competed in multiple ADR competitions winning regionals and finishing top six at nationals in the 2015 ABA Client Counseling Competition and being named Overall Mediation Champ at the 2014 St. John's University School of Law Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon. Nash was awarded the James W. Gibson Scholarship at the 11th annual Texas Mediators Credentialing Association Symposium for being a rising star in the mediation field.
Davis is a third-year law student who holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and is the Technology Editor for the school's Law Review journal. Throughout law school Justin has continued to serve his country as a military officer in the Texas Air National Guard. This is Davis' second ADR competition for the school.
"The ABA Representation in Mediation competition was a tremendous opportunity to meet talented competitors and ADR practitioners from all over the country," Davis said. "The high level of skill, dedication, and sportsmanship demonstrated by the other teams was beyond impressive."
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SOURCE Texas A&M University School of Law