VERMILLION, S.D. – Law students from the University of South Dakota School of Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board took first and third place at a national mediation competition in Houston, Texas.
Third-year law student Cody Miller, and second-year law student, Erica Reber, placed first and third respectively at the University of Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition.
"This has been a truly rewarding experience to be a part of the ADR Board. We have a great group future lawyers who are very supportive and will be very successful in their careers,” said Miller. “This competition is truly unique because we are the mediators and the people who are the attorneys and clients being mediated are law students of UHLC participating in a separate competition."
The students helped mediate disputes involving contracts, leases, bullying, non-competition clauses and other collateral issues. It was judged by licensed mediators from Texas. The competitors prepared for several weeks in advance of the competition practicing with other students and attorneys.
"This competition has given me invaluable real world experience and skills that will translate well into my career as an attorney,” said Reber. “Thank you to everyone who helped us prepare for the competition by volunteering as clients and attorneys for practices. It made such an impact."
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board’s next tournament is in November at Creighton University.