2019 ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

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Welcome to the 2019 Berkeley regional of the American Bar Association’s Representation in Mediation Competition.  The 20th Annual Representation in Mediation Regional Competitions will be scheduled across seven regions of the United States in February and March, 2019.  The National Finals will be held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, April 10-11, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Information for Competitors and Coaches

Welcome to the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, Berkeley Regional!  We look forward to seeing you on March 2-3, 2019.

 

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Information for Volunteer Mediators and Judges

Want to help law students learn how to be representatives in mediation?  Want to enhance your résumé?  Want to be of service?  We need you!

Our greatest need is for volunteers to serve as judges and mediators for Round 1, scheduled for 8:00a.m., and Round 2, scheduled for 1:00p.m..  We will have a training meeting for you prior to start of each round. 

Role of the Judge:  Volunteer judges evaluate and score the quality of representation by the student teams and also give feedback directly to the students at the end of the competition.  We are interested in having people with knowledge and/or experience in interest-based negotiation.  Competition rules recommend that judges should be attorneys and experienced in interest-based negotiation and mediation.

Role of the Mediator:  Volunteer mediators serve as mediators for the role-play, with the students playing the roles of lawyers and clients.  Volunteer mediators are required to use a facilitative mediation style so that the student competitors see a consistent style throughout the competition.

If you would like to volunteer, please complete the appropriate form below.

  • Sign up for volunteer MEDIATORS (NOTE: All Mediator slots have been filled, but we still need scoring judges!)

  • Sign up for volunteer JUDGES

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 2, 2019 

Round 1  

8:00 a.m.         Check-in for competitors; room assignments are made available  (Continental Breakfast provided)

8:15                   Check-in for judges and mediators

8:30 – 9:00     Orientation and room assignments for judges, mediators, and competitors

9:00 – 9:10      Mediators, judges, and competitors move to their assigned mediation rooms; competitors give mediation plan to their judges

9:10 – 9:20      Judges read representation plans

9:20 – 10:35    Mediation sessions

10:35 – 10:45   Teams prepare for self-analysis & judges begin to work on score sheets

10:45– 11:05    Team self-analysis sessions with judges (10 minutes for each team)

11:05 – 11:20    Judges complete their score sheets and prepare their remarks for the critique session.  The timekeeper then collects the score sheets

11:20 – 11:50   Judges critique team performance and provide feedback (15 minutes for each team)

11:50                 Lunch

Round 2  

1:00 p.m.          Check-in for competitors

1:15                    Check-in for judges and mediators

1:30 – 2:00      Orientation for judges and mediators

2:00 – 2:10      Competitors, judges and mediators move to their assigned rooms; competitors give their mediation plan to their judges

2:10 – 2:20      Judges read the representation plans

2:20 – 3:35      Mediation sessions

3:35 –3:45       Teams prepare for self-analysis & judges begin to work on the score sheets

3:45 –4:05       Team self-analysis sessions with judges (10 minutes for each team)

4:05 – 4:20      Judges complete their score sheets and prepare their remarks for the critique session; the timekeeper then collects the score sheets

4:20 – 4:50      Judges critique team performance and provide feedback (15 minutes for each team)

4:50 – 5:30      The scores are compiled

5:30                   Finalists are announced

 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Finals  

8:00                 Check-in for competitors 

8:15                   Check-in for judges and mediators 

8:30 – 9:00     Orientation for judges, mediators, and competitors 

9:00 – 9:10      Competitors, judges and mediators move to their assigned rooms; competitors give their mediation plans to their judges

9:10 – 9:20      Judges read the representation plans

9:20 – 10:35    Mediation sessions

10:35 – 10:45   Teams prepare for self-analysis & judges begin to work on their score sheets

10:45 – 11:05    Team self-analysis sessions with judges (10 minutes for each team)

11:05 – 11:20     Judges complete their score sheets and prepare their remarks for critique session.  The timekeeper then collects the score sheets

11:20 – 11:50     Judges critique team performance and provide feedback (15 minutes for each team)

12:00p.m.         Regional Champion announced

 

 

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Travel and Hotel Information

  • Location:  University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • Getting to the Law School
  • Where to Stay: We do not have a room block reserved at any local hotels, but there are several hotels near campus. The Bancroft Hotel and The Graduate (formerly the Hotel Durant) are within walking distance of the law school and popular with many visitors to the law school. (Note that Berkeley is a large campus; hotels that say “3 blocks from campus” on the website may actually be much farther from the law school.)
 
 
 

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Announcements

  • Please check back for important updates.

 

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