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Tulane 3Ls Win ABA Mediation Competition

March 15, 2006

The Tulane Moot Court Board is proud to announce that Board members Chadwick Werner and Adam Swensek finished in first place at the American Bar Association’s Regional Representation in Mediation Competition. 

The Moot Court team initially suffered a major setback when one of its veteran members was forced to withdraw at the last minute; Swensek was brought in as a replacement two days prior to competing.  Remarkably, this was the first time that Swensek, a Moot Court trial team veteran, had competed in an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) competition. 

Werner, by contrast, had competed last semester at the ABA’s Negotiation Competition on behalf of his visiting school, Emory Law.  He exhibited the same talent and proficiency in ADR by finishing second at the regional competition and seventh nationally.

“They are really extraordinary,” said Moot Court Board Chief Justice Jenny Gilmore.  “It was a challenge for them to prepare for the competition in such a short time frame.  In addition to strategizing, they had to learn to work together as a team.  In mediation competitions, your rapport with your teammate is everything.”

Werner and Swensek now head to the National Competition, scheduled on April 5-6 in Atlanta, GA

About Tulane Moot Court

Tulane Moot Court is a student-run organization devoted entirely to the promotion and teaching of trial and appellate advocacy, as well as negotiation and arbitration skills.  Founded in 1929 by a small group of Tulane law students (including the legendary U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge John Minor Wisdom), the Tulane Moot Court Board counts among its alumni state and federal judges, members of Congress, Ambassadors, and state governors.  It is among the oldest, most revered, and most visible programs of its kind in the nation.


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