2021 ABA Negotiation Competition

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The University of California, Berkeley School of Law, is proud to host the 2021 American Bar Association Negotiation Competition. This year’s competition will occur in a virtual format.

 

 

Information for Competitors and Coaches

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Schedule of Events

PLEASE NOTE: All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place via Zoom and according to Pacific Daylight Time.

Monday, October 26 OR Tuesday October 26 

5:00-5:30 p.m.  Judge Technical Training (optional)

Thursday, October 28, 2021

5:30-6:30 p.m. Mandatory Team Orientation

Friday, October 29, 2021

8:30-8:50 a.m. Judges’ Orientation

By 8:50  Teams (for Heat A), judges, and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and turn off video upon entry. 

8:50-9:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and video).

9:00–9:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

9:10–10:00  Negotiation. Each team may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to separate breakout rooms.

10:00–10:05  Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

10:05–10:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

10:15–10:25  Each judge completes an online Scoring Ballot (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

10:25–10:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

10:40–10:50  Judges’ break. (Judges mute microphones and turn off video, but they do not leave the session.)

By 10:50 a.m.  Heat B teams and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and videos upon entry. 

10:50-11:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and videos.)

11:00–11:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the Judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  Negotiation. Each side may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to a separate breakout room.

12:00–12:05 p.m.  Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

12:05–12:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

12:15–12:25  Each judge will complete an online Scoring Ballot. (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

12:25–12:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

12:40 p.m.  Teams Break for Lunch; Morning Judges Released

1:30-1:50  Judges’ Orientation

By 1:50  Teams (for Heat A), judges, and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and turn off video upon entry. 

1:50-2:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and videos).

2:00–2:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

2:10–3:00  Negotiation. Each team may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to separate breakout rooms.

3:00-3:05  Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

3:05–3:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.  

3:15–3:25  Each judge completes an online Scoring Ballot (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

3:25–3:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

3:40–3:50  Judges’ break. (Judges mute microphones and videos, but they don’t leave the session.)

By 3:50 p.m.  Heat B teams and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and videos upon entry.

3:50-4:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and videos.)

4:00–4:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the Judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

4:10–5:00  Negotiation. Each side may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to a separate breakout room.

5:00–5:05  Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

5:05–5:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room. 

5:15–5:25  Each judge will complete an online Scoring Ballot. (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

5:25–5:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

5:40  Judges Released

6:30-7:00  20-minute Tally Sheet review period and announcement of advancing teams

Saturday, October 30, 2021

8:30-8:50 a.m. Judges’ Orientation

By 8:50 a.m.  Teams (for Heat A), judges, and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and turn off video upon entry.

8:50-9:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and video).

9:00–9:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

9:10–10:00  Negotiation. Each team may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to separate breakout rooms.

10:00–10:05  Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

10:05–10:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

10:15–10:25  Each judge completes an online Scoring Ballot (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

10:25–10:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

10:40–10:50  Judges’ break. (Judges mute microphones and turn off video, but they do not leave the session.)

By 10:50 a.m.  Heat B teams and observers enter assigned online session. Please mute microphones and videos upon entry.

10:50-11:00  Conflicts Check, Tech Check & Virtual Competition Reminders (Online administrator will ask the judges and teams to unmute microphones and videos.)

11:00–11:10  Two successive 5-minute Pre-Negotiation Analyses (no questions from the Judges). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

11:10 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  Negotiation. Each side may take one 5-minute break during this 50-minute period; a break will not extend the 50-minute negotiation. During a break, both teams will go to a separate breakout room.

12:00–12:05 p.m. Preparation for Post-Negotiation Analysis. Teams will be in separate breakout rooms.

12:05–12:15  Two successive 5-minute Post-Negotiation Analyses (judges may ask questions). Team designation closest to the number zero will present first. The other team will be in a breakout room.

12:15–12:25  Each judge will complete an online Scoring Ballot. (judges will be moved to a breakout room to complete their ballots). Scoring Ballots must be submitted before giving any feedback to the teams.

12:25–12:40  Judges have 5 minutes each (for a total of 15 minutes) to provide oral feedback about the negotiation round. Both teams get feedback at the same time.

12:45–1:00 p.m.  Announcement of Regional Champions

 

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Announcements

  • Pairings and any upcoming meetings will be announced here.

 

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2021 Participating Law Schools

Lewis & Clark Law School

Santa Clara University School of Law

Seattle University School of Law

Southwestern Law School

University of California Davis School of Law

University of Colorado Law School

University of Idaho College of Law

University of Montana School of Law

University of Oregon School of Law

 

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