Cooley Team Takes Fifth in Nation at ABA Negotiation Competition
March 5, 2013 - A Cooley Law School team came in fifth in the nation in the ABA National Negotiation Competition held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 8-9.
Lutherene Anderson and Yasmeen Qadimasil are both students at Cooley's Lansing campus. The team handily won its first two rounds of the competition on Feb. 8, and won Round Three on Feb. 9 by five points. Progression through the competition is based on point totals however, and although Anderson and Qadimasil won each round they competed in, they missed advancing to the fourth and final round by a single point.
The Cooley team won high praise from the judges in the competition. Professor Nancy Wonch, who coached the team, reported that "the judges' comments were uniformly positive and were music to our ears as they complimented us on best controlling each negotiation by our whiteboard work, our preparation and knowledge of the facts, and advancing our clients' interests without seeming to be inflexible."
The competition begins annually with an intra-school competition in the late summer of each year and progresses to the ABA Regional Competitions throughout the country, usually held during the first two weekends of November. Cooley's region includes schools from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana as well as Ottawa and Ontario, Canada. The Cooley team came in second at the Regional competition in November, 2012, qualifying it to compete in the ABA National Competition in Dallas. Overall, Cooley's team was one of 224 teams throughout the nation that participated in the competition at the regional level and one of only 21 teams that advanced to the national competition.
About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.