Alternative Dispute Resolution
The ADR Advocacy Division of Barristers' Council offers students a unique opportunity to develop sophisticated techniques necessary for competent and ethical representation in ADR proceedings. The ADR Division's record of success is outstanding and reflects the Council's exceptional commitment to training and preparation. Students work closely with an impressive network of highly-regarded ADR scholars and practitioners as they prepare to represent Georgetown Law at regional, national, and international competitions focused on arbitration, mediation, client counseling, and negotiation.
To qualify, students must participate in the Arbitration Competition (held in the fall) and the Intraschool Negotiation Competition (held in the spring). The Arbitration Competition is open to upper-class students. In the Negotiation Competition, students demonstrate their skillful handling of a legal negotiation in settlement discussions with their peers. Competitors who advance to the final rounds of these competitions are invited to join the Barristers' Council and to represent Georgetown Law on one of its interscholastic ADR teams.
Helpful Materials for Bellamy
Ury, Fisher, and Patton, Getting to Yes, revised ed. (Penguin 2011)
Ury, The Power of a Positive No (Bantam 2007)
Ury, Getting Past No, revised ed. (Bantam 1993)
Registration Information for 2014 Bellamy Competition
Deadline: February 20, 2014
You are invited to take part in the 2014 Everett Bellamy Negotiation Competition. The competition presents an excellent opportunity to apply your advocacy skills in negotiations, a setting all of us encounter daily. All non-graduating JD students (1L, 1E, 2L, 2E, 3E) can enter the competition, and the top scorers will be invited to join the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division of the Barristers' Council and represent Georgetown Law in national and international competitions.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns. We hope you will take part in the Bellamy Competition and look forward to seeing you!Register by Thursday 2/20 - 2 Options
- Register at the Bellamy Competition table in the chapel area on the first floor of McDonough on Thursday 2/20 between 9 am and 5 pm. Submit the $30 registration fee by cash or check.
- Complete the Online Registration Form linked below. Submit the $30 registration fee by cash or check at the chapel area table on Thursday 2/20 between 9 am and 5 pm OR after the information and training session in McDonough 203 by 8 pm.
- Online Registration Form: http://goo.gl/qZoU1u
- We will cover negotiation concepts and strategies and complete a practice case.
- After the session, we will stay until 8 pm to process registration fees for those who submitted the Online Registration Form.
- The session will not be recorded, but materials on negotiation will be e-mailed to all registered competitors after the session.
- Competition packet will be e-mailed by 5 pm on Friday 2/21.
- Preliminary Round: Friday 2/28, Saturday 3/1 - Competitors will compete in two 15-minute negotiations over the course of the weekend
- Semifinal Round: Monday 3/3 - The top 16 competitors from the Preliminary Round will be divided into eight teams of two, and the teams will each engage in one 50-minute negotiation.
- Final Round: Wednesday 3/5, 6-9 pm - The top two teams from the Semifinal Round will advance and engage in one 50-minute one-on-one negotiation with another finalist from the other advancing team. Held in Hart Auditorium; open to the public.
- We invite everyone to attend the Final Round and the reception afterwards. The esteemed panel of judges include
- Julie Linkins, Court ADR Resources Director, Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office; Partner, Feemster Linkins Consulting
- James Oldham, St. Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History, Georgetown Law; Arbitrator, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League
- Christopher Voss, Founding CEO, Black Swan Group; Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit
Transactional LawMeet: The teams of Erin Dexter ('14), Ashley Grisham ('15), Nicole Smith ('14), and Ryan Wilson ('15) placed 2nd in the region.
Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot: ADR Members Jonis Belu-John ('14), Andrew Clark ('14), Kristen Harmon ('14), and Will Thanhauser ('14) finsihed 12th.
ABA Negotiation Competition: A team composed of Division members Gwen Arber ('15), Tiffany Jones ('15), Manoj Jonna ('15), and Libbie Walker ('15) placed 3rd and 5th.
ABA Mediation Competition: A team composed of Division members Lindsey Avedisian ('15), Chayla Jackson ('15), Kate Whitesell ('16), and Anne Witt ('14) placed 2nd and 4th.
- Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (East and West): Our Vis East Team was comprised of Ricardo Doriott ('15), Steven McDevitt ('14), Sehar Sabir ('15), and Toby Weatherall ('15). They finsihed in the top 32 out of over 90 teams. The Vis West team comprised of Sumaiya Ahmed ('15), Camila Fernandez ('15), David Partridge ('14), and Maria Pradilla Picas ('14). They placed in the top 64 of 290 teams.
- Bellamy Negotiation Competition: More than 100 students competed in teh intraschool Bellamy Negotiation Competition. Representing a film director and studio executive in teh final round, Esther Albert ('16), Will Hack ('16), Justin Harris ('16), and Erin Rider ('16) negotiated over teh budgets and rights to the films. Judges Alvaro Galindo, Julie Linkins, Professor James Oldham, and chrisotpher Voss were impressed by the finalists' creativity and advocacy skills and named Justin Harris as the winner of the competition.
For more information on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division, please contact barristers.adr[at]gmail[DOT]com