The Cardozo ADR Competition Honor Society is a student run organization that is led primarily by the Executive Board, a select group of 3L students that excelled as 2L Competitors.
The Honor Society selects approximately twenty Competitors each year. Together, these students participate in an ADR Moot Camp over the summer and continue on to prepare for domestic and international competitions during the Fall and Spring semesters. These competitions simulate negotiation, client counseling, representation in mediation, mediation, and arbitration. These events are sponsored by the ABA, other law schools, and various international entities such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, France. Coaching is supplemented by Cardozo Law faculty members who assist in preparing individual teams for competitions.
Fordham National Basketball Negotiation Competition – New York, New York
The Fordham National Basketball Negotiation Competition allows students to simulate negotiations involving real world athletes and institutions. Many of the participating judges are prominent lawyers, agents, and executives working with and as part of the National Basketball Association. Two ADRCHS teams advanced to the Semi-Final Round at the Fordham Basketball Negotiation Competition. The 2019 team was assisted by Professor David Weisenfeld and coached by Samantha Cooper and Matthew Greenfield.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition – Vienna, Austria
The Annual Willem C. Vis Competition in Vienna promotes the study of international commercial law and arbitration for law students from around the world and is the largest of its kind, fielding over 311 teams including Cardozo. Cardozo's very own Chana Zelcer received Honourable Mention for Best Oralist at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria this year. The team, consisting of Alex Muench, Danielle Stein, Ben Rozenshteyn, and Chana Zelcer, was coached by former competitor Leo Bronshteyn and Professor Peter Halprin.
ABA Representation in Mediation Competition – New York, New York
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law was chosen to host the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition this year. This competition introduces law student participants to the challenges of representing clients in mediation. ADRCHS sent two teams, consisting of Lauren Cohen, Hannah Katz, Andy Goldwasser, and Trisha Aggarwal. Lauren and Hannah, coached by Derrick Ng, won Second Place at the 2019 Regional ABA Representation in Mediation competition.
ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition – Paris, France
The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition is an invitation only event that gathers student competitors from around the world. Students participate in a week-long intensive competition at the ICC Headquarters in Paris, France and are coached by Professor Donna Erez Navot. This year, the team, composed of Courtney Kaplar, Eian Weiner, Aaron Slansky, and Federico Zepeda, was awarded the Distinction in Creative Solution Generator Award, successfully navigating a field of 66 teams from over 50 different countries.
NYSBA AAA Arbitration Competition – New York, New York
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law participated in the NYSBA AAA competition. Competitors receive a hypothetical fact pattern based on a domestic commercial dispute, created by leading practitioners in the field. The Competition is administered and conducted as a real arbitration — organized under the supervision of the AAA, governed by the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judged by the best AAA arbitrators in the State. The students have the opportunity to play both the witness and attorney role in the arbitration. ADRCHS was able to send two teams, consisting of Dean Linn, Hannah Katz, Zach Brooks, Neelam Bhagrath, Lauren Cohen, and Trisha Aggarwal, and they were coached by Sammi Bershad and Carly Manger.
ABA Regional Negotiation Competition – New York, New York
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law participated at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in New York. The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. Coached by Professor David Weisenfeld, Alex Sable, and Kayla Callahan, ADRCHS sent three teams, Camila Lopez, Krysta Hartley, Zoya Mian, Dinu Ahmed, Armand Zappa, and Alexia Landesman, who collaboratively negotiated employment issues with students from various institutions on the East Coast.
St. John’s Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon – New York, New York
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), the St. John's Annual Securities Triathlon was held at St. John's University's Manhattan Campus in Tribeca. The competition spanned across many dispute resolutions processes, as it consisted of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration rounds. Cardozo had the opportunity to send two teams to this esteemed competition, including Danielle Tuluca, Yarden Sivan, and Eian Weiner, who were coached by Angela Li. Coached by Professor David Weisenfeld and Nicholas Anselmi ADRCHS's own Lu Stefanos, Emily Sappol, and Joshua Roseman won First Place in Arbitration and Third Place in Negotiation at this year's Tenth Annual St. John’s/FINRA Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon.
New York Law School Intellectual Property Negotiation Competition -- New York, New York
New York Law School hosts a negotiation competition involving disputes relating to contemporary intellectual property law. Experienced and distinguished professionals in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field serve as the judges for each negotiation. The judges critique and evaluate each team’s advocacy and negotiation skills as they compete against other law school teams to demonstrate their proficiency in negotiation. ADRCHS sent a team coached by Courtney Kaplar, consisting of Andy Goldwasser and Lauren Gershoni.
Tulane Professional Baseball Arbitration Competition -- New Orleans, Louisiana
The National Baseball Arbitration Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB). Like most law school moot court competitions, the National Baseball Arbitration Competition’s main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. However, the competition is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB's salary arbitration proceedings. The competition is typically held annually in the early part of the spring academic semester at Tulane University Law School. Additionally, at the conclusion of the arbitration competition the Sports Law Society hosts a panel of experts to discuss legal issues related to baseball.
International Law School Mediation Tournament -- Athens, Greece
This international competition is designed to help law students better understand the mediation process and its importance to the practice of law. The primary difference between this tournament and others is that it requires students not only to participate as advocates and clients, but just as importantly as mediators. Coached by Professor Lela P. Love, ADRCHS member Dinu Ahmed won Third Place in Mediation, and the overall team of Dinu Ahmend, Zoya Mian, and Krysta Hartley advanced to the Semi-Final Round.
NYSBA Mediation Tournament -- New York, New York
ADRCHS was invited to compete in the inaugural NYSBA Mediation Tournament, and we sent a team consisting of Joshua Roseman, Courtney Kaplar, and Alexia Landesman. Students compete as attorney, client, and mediator, allowing them to gauge conflict from different perspectives and learn from professionals and practitioners in the field. This competition is a great opportunity to gain valuable mediation experience, attend trainings led by the top experts, and to network with top mediation enthusiasts.
Thomas Jefferson Sports Law Negotiation -- San Diego, California
This competition was created by sports and academic professionals to give law students a realistic experience negotiating matters vital to the modern sports law industry. The fact patterns for the NSLNC are modeled on current issues being debated, analyzed, and negotiated by professionals in the sports industry. Student competitors negotiate these fictional - but highly realistic - disputes before a panel of judges consisting of practicing lawyers, judges, professors, and mediators. ADRCHS established a national presence through this competition with Lu Stefanos and Emily Sappol winning Second Place this year.
New York Law School IP Negotiation Competition