Since 1989, the Kukin Program has hosted an annual Cardozo/A.B.A. Intra-School Negotiation Competition. This competition takes place over the course of an afternoon and evening in the fall semester. The two winning teams from Cardozo's intra-school competition proceed to represent Cardozo in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition. The 2013 Regional Competition took place at Pace University School of Law in White Plains NY on November 16-17, 2013. Cardozo sent three teams of second-year law students to the competition. Coached by Professor David Weisenfeld and third-year law student Daniella Isaacson, the teams consisted of Dera Barlow and Ella Voloshina, Nicholas Chionchio and Brian Bienenfeld, and Casey Anis and James Diskint. Dera and Ella placed 2nd overall out of 24 teams and moved on to the Regional Finals where they were awarded 4th place. Cardozo also sent one ghost team of first-year law students, Mary-Beth Winningham and Scott Miller, who competed without getting scored.
Cardozo sent two teams to the ABA Regional Representation in Mediation competition March 2nd - March 3rd, 2013, hosted by Seton Hall University School of Law. Cardozo's competitors included one second-year student Jess Cohen-Nowak, and three third-year students, Rebecca Fox, Esther Weitzner, and Darya Zuravicky. Out of twelve teams competing in the Regionals, Cardozo's team of Jess Cohen-Nowak and Darya Zuravicky placed 3rd overall.
Since 2011, Cardozo has sent students to compete at the University of Houston Law Center in the Jeffry S. Abrams Mediator Competition. Adam Berkey and Lindsay Melworm competed on October 25-27, 2012. Adam Berkey advanced to the semi-final round, finishing 3rd in total points and receiving an Honorable Mention Mediator Award, in a field of 16 competitors.
Cardozo sent one team to the ABA Client Counseling Competition on February 16-17, 2013, hosted by New York Law School. Cardozo's team included one second-year student, Nathan Maidenbaum and one third-year student, Jared Bloch. Out of 12 teams in the competition, Cardozo's team finished seventh.
A joint initiative of the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s School of Law and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), this competition took place on October 14-15, 2012. Cardozo’s team was comprised of Karina Dusquesne, Evan Kass and Rachel Teitelbaum. Student teams representing eighteen law schools from around the country participated in the competition.
Beginning in 2007 Cardozo was among a select group of law schools chosen from around the world to participate in the Commercial Mediation Competition sponsored by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. This year the team of Adam Berkey and Evan Kass, coached in Paris by Professor Ben Thompson, represented Cardozo. Sixty-six teams from around the world competed, and Cardozo’s team finished 11th in the preliminary rounds, advancing to the finals.
The Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition is held at the University of Richmond Law School in honor of the late United States District Court Judge. It is a two-day competition which involves intense negotiations, primarily addressing current issues in environmental law. Cardozo sent one team to the Competition hosted by the University of Richmond School of Law from March 2nd - March 3rd, 2013. Cardozo's competitors included two second-year students, Daniella Isaacson and Robert Salame. Sixteen teams competed, representing law schools from all over the country. Cardozo's team placed 6th overall.
Since 2012, Cardozo has participated in the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy in Toronto, Canada hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. This year the competition was held on March 11th - March 15th, 2013. Cardozo's competitors included second-year student Mariya Gelfond and third-year student, Victoria Pagos. Fourteen teams competed, representing law schools from around the world. All teams competed in three preliminary rounds of mediation, with each competitor acting at least once as a client and once as attorney.
Beginning in 2002 Cardozo has participated in the annual Willem C. Vis Arbitral Moot Competition in Vienna sponsored by the American Arbitration Association, the International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, German Institution of Arbitration (DIS), the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, and the University of Vienna Faculty of Law. The Competitions promote the study of international commercial law and arbitration for law students from around the world. Cardozo's team (a maximum of four oralists) is chosen from among the students participating in the International Commercial Arbitration Practicum. In March, Cardozo sent the team of Kelley Chubb, James Ng, Joanna Cohen and Rachel Hirsch to the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot West (Vis Moot West) in Vienna, Austria, of Kelley Chubb, James Ng, Joanna Cohen and Rachel Hirsch. The Vienna team placed in the top third of a field of 290 competing teams. Cardozo also sent a team to the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot East (Vis Moot East) in Hong Kong of Bryan Branon, Matthew Gross, Leora Goldstein and Romina Canessa. Cardozo’s teams are coached by Professor Curtis Pew, together with alumni of the program.
In March, Cardozo participated in the second annual American University Washington College of Law International Commercial Arbitration LLM Moot. This is the only moot competition solely for LLM students. The teams competing represented law schools from throughout the United States. The competition included written submissions and emphasized oral advocacy skills. The Cardozo LLM students in the competition were Kristina Jean-Conte, Wookjae Jin, Andrea Kalish, Iva Rukelj, Mateus Pihheiro, Anna Sarkisyan, and Marcin Tustin, divided into two teams. The team of Jean-Conte, Kalish and Rukelj won the competition.
The National Transactional LawMeet, the first competition of its kind in the country, required 72 student teams (from various law schools in the country) to negotiate a stock purchase agreement between two fictitious medical companies. The primary goal of the National Transactional LawMeet is to provide each participant a meaningful and engaging simulation of transactional practice. At both the National and Regional Meets, the competition involves three phases: first, students work in teams and prepare a proposed draft agreement; second, each team prepares mark-ups to draft agreements prepared by the teams they will encounter during the three Regional Meets; third, opposing teams negotiate the contours of the deal. Each team represents one of the two parties to the transaction. Cardozo's Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance sent teams of students coached by Cardozo alumni. The Cardozo team of Mark Guffanti '13, Cindy Horowitz '14, and Shalinthia Miles '14 placed as Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist at the 2013 Transactional LawMeet at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, and advanced to the Nationals Rounds, in which it took third place.
The Cardozo/American Bar Association Intraschool Negotiation Competition
This competition, held at Cardozo each year, was judged for the second time by both ADR professionals and students in the ADR Competition Team on April 10, 2013. Out of 24 Cardozo teams (48 contestants), the 1L team of Elizabeth Weyl and Tim Wall came in 1st. The team of Shawna Benston, 2L, and Yuri Geylik, 3L, placed 2nd. Patrick Tindana and Jade Wallace, both 2Ls, came in 3rd.
The Cyberweek eMediation Competition
The eMediation Competition is co-sponsored by Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution and Modria Mediation Room. It takes place during the annual Cyberweek conference, which focuses on the world of online dispute resolution and is hosted by the Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law via their web resource www.adrhub.com. In 2013, this virtual conference was held from November 4th to November 8th and the eMediation Competition included approximately 83 participants and 17 law schools, split between the role of mediator and parties. Of 32 plaintiff’s attorneys, Justin David and Lillian Wang from Cardozo ranked first along with a team from Marquette University.