Negotiation Team Makes a Run to the Semi-Final Round at an ABA National Competition

Posted: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 09:26

On the weekend of Feb. 8, 2014, Cumberland School of Law’s Negotiation Team participated in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in Chicago, Ill. The competition was held in conjunction with the ABA’s mid-year meeting.

The law school’s team consisted of third-year law students April Jackson MacLennan and Jonathan “Ricky” Coates. They were coached by 1995 alumnus Brian Turner of Middle Mediation.

On their way to the national event, Cumberland School of Law’s Negotiation Team placed second at the ABA’s regional competition held November 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. The top 24 teams in the country, based on their performances at the regional component, competed at the national competition.

At nationals, MacLennan and Coates negotiated with teams from the University of Oregon and Washington & Lee law schools on their way to earning a spot in the national semi-finals. 

The team did an outstanding job negotiating with a team from Northwestern University in the semi-finals, but did not advance to the finals.

“We are very excited to have done well at the ABA National Negotiation Competition,” said Coates.

“Our success at nationals speaks to the quality of Cumberland School of Law’s Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution programs. We were given support from Professor Henry Strickland and Professor Wendy Greene and coached by Cumberland alumnus Brian Turner. Without the input of these three advisers, we would not have been able to perform at the level we did. April and I are extremely grateful for their support and we are very proud to have represented Cumberland School of Law at the national level.”