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 Leahy Competition (held in the fall) or in the Bellamy Negotiation Competition (held in the spring). The Leahy Competition is held in conjunction with the Appellate Advocacy Division and is open to Georgetown Law LL.M. and upper-class J.D. students. The Bellamy Negotiation Competition is open to all non-graduating J.D. students. The Bellamy Competition allows students demonstrate their skillful handling of a legal negotiation in settlement discussions with their peers. Competitors who advance to a certain level in 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 2015 Leahy Competition:
2015 Bellamy Competition:
Registration Week: Monday, February 2 - Thursday, February 19 (at the Chapel tables on the 1st floor of McDonough).
Packet Release Date: Saturday, February 21.
Preliminary Rounds: Weekend of February 27.
Final Round: Wednesday, March 4 in Hart Auditorium.
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.