The ABA sponsors and runs two ADR-related student competitions – the Arbitration Competition and the Negotiation Competition. These competition teams are a terrific way to provide skills training to students and for them to learn by doing. Coaching these teams has made me a much better classroom teacher.

The Arbitration Competition simulates a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. All teams will compete at a Regional competition and 10 teams will be invited to the National Finals in Chicago. Here’s a video of the 2014-15 National Finals round. http://stream.americanbar.org/services/player/bcpid2059188277001?bckey=AQ~~,AAABsp7SiCE~,aEBLYbQyvvDzG_ilsy3VR1brzH8RuBIr&bctid=3891670240001

The Negotiation Competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All teams will compete at a Regional competition and 20 teams will be invited to the National Finals. Here’s a video of the 2014-15 National Finals round. http://stream.americanbar.org/services/player/bcpid2059188277001?bckey=AQ~~,AAABsp7SiCE~,aEBLYbQyvvDzG_ilsy3VR1brzH8RuBIr&bctid=3891670240001

Sarah Cole is a professor as well as the director of the Program on Dispute Resolution at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has focused her research on the legal issues and policy that have arisen as a result of the increased use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She frequently publishes articles on dispute resolution topics and is a contributor to ADR Prof Blog.