Butler University’s first mock mediation team recently won three awards at the Brenau Invitational Mediation Tournament in Gainesville, Georgia, with Rus Hunter and Anthony Murdock winning Top Mediator honors and Hunter and Nick Fox winning Top Advocate/Client awards.
“Our goals were to have fun, compete with
passion, and represent Butler in a first-class way,” Butler Prelaw Advisor
Jim McKnight, who coached the team with Butler College of Business Career
Mentor Jerry Pitt, said. “This team certainly did that. The tournament environment
was similar to a law school Socratic method style class, so it will serve these
students well in their future law school careers.”
The tournament took place over two days,
with a briefing and two mediation sessions on the first day and a final
mediation session on the third day. The Butler team and other university teams
took turns serving as plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys and mediators, with the
goal of negotiating a settlement within 90 minutes.
Sessions were presided
over by practicing lawyers from northern Georgia, who also gave the students
feedback on their performance.
“Conflict resolution is so important, and
the ability to listen is even more crucial to success,” Murdock said.
“Mediation teaches us how to do both things, so it was rewarding to be a part
of the team.”
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