For the second straight year, Washington and Lee School of Law is a national finalist in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition. Second-year students Yousri Omar and Robert Rivers-Benaicha won the 2006 regional competition on February 25-26, hosted at the School of Law. Omar and Rivers-Benaicha edged out 8 teams from W&L and three other law schools: William and Mary, Regent University, and the University of North Carolina.
Omar and Rivers-Benaicha will represent Region 4 in the national finals to be held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution annual meeting in Atlanta on April 5-6. The runners-up of the Region 4 competition were also from W&L: third-year students Timothy McKeen and Jonathan Robbins.
The Mediation Competition, in which law students role-play as advocates and clients in a mediation setting, measures how well students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation and provides students with a valuable opportunity to experience the mediation process. Local attorneys serve as volunteer judges and mediators for this competition. The problem for the final round related to a wrongful termination and age discrimination lawsuit.
Each year the ABA's Section of Dispute Resolution drafts problem sets that are administered by each region's champion from the prior year. Washington and Lee also won the 2005 regional competition held at Regent University School of Law.