Cooley team excels in negotiation competition


From Cooley Law School reports

Two teams of Cooley Law School students advanced to the final rounds at the recent American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition in Ottawa, Canada.

The team of Adria Vittitow and Channing Franklin of Cooley’s Lansing Campus took first place in the competition’s semi-final round Nov. 12, while the team of Shannon DeWall and Amanda Demitrish, from the Auburn Hills campus, took second. Alternate team members Sueann Mitchell and Phil Reed, from Cooley’s Grand Rapids campus, assisted in coaching the teams to their victories.

Cooley competed against teams from MSU College of Law, Southwestern Law School, Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law,  Brandeis School of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law, and others.

In the final round on Nov. 13, DeWall and Demitrish came in second place, missing the top spot by only two points, while Vittitow and Franklin came in third, missing first by only five points.  The team from Ohio State landed first place in the four-team final round. Of six rounds in the competition, Cooley’s teams won five rounds.

Cooley Professor Nancy Wonch coached the teams and said Cooley’s students received some very favorable feedback.  “The competition judges remarked on how professional, civil, ethical, and knowledgeable our teams were about the subject matter (real estate and torts) and how skilled we were in negotiating,” she said.

Cooley faculty members Dan Stauffer and Dustin Foster helped coach the teams in Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills, respectively; Professor Anthony Flores helped critique. The teams thanked Cooley’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and Assistant Dean Christine Church for their support. “This was truly a team effort and the Cooley reputation was enhanced as the result,” Wonch said.