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Strong advocacy skills help first-year LAWS students excel in Intramural Competitions

Since 2009, Southwestern has offered a unique, three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) curriculum for students. It is especially thrilling to watch first-year students display their newly-cultivated abilities across three disciplines: traditional Moot Court (appellate), Trial Advocacy and Negotiation. This year's 1Ls continued to wow judges when they argued, wrote and negotiated in Southwester ...

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Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

Last month, at the NFL Football Negotiation Tournament hosted by Liberty University School of Law in Virginia, Southwestern’s team of Sevan Movsesian and Nicole Pronk took Second Place. In the semi-final rounds, the team defeated UC Hastings. Four teams made it to the final round, where Southwestern’s team defeated Stetson University (4th place) and UC Davis (3rd place). Once the facts for the preliminary r ...

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Southwestern team wins National Sports Negotiation Competition

Out of the 40 teams from across the nation that participated in the Thomas Jefferson National Sports Law Negotiation Competition last weekend, Southwestern’s team of Amanda Figueroa and Jennifer Mascia won first place. The competition featured teams from Texas Tech University School of Law, Georgetown Law, Fordham University School of Law, and University of California Hastings.  Figueroa and Mascia directly ...

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First year law students continue tradition of superb advocacy

One of the most innovative aspects of Southwestern’s curriculum is the way that first-year students learn about legal analysis, writing and advocacy skills across three disciplines: traditional Moot Court (appellate), Trial Advocacy and Negotiation. This year’s 1Ls did not disappoint when they argued, wrote and negotiated in Southwestern's 2015 Intramural Advocacy Competitions, the culminating activity of S ...

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First-year Students Wow Judges in Annual LAWS Competitions

The Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, one of five bench judges to preside over the final round of Southwestern's Intramural Moot Court Competition, has judged these at many different law schools. But after hearing Southwestern's oralists argue, Justice Cordy said, "I can sum up this experience in one word: wow!" In what has become a consistent tradition of excellence, judges commended ...

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Southwestern’s Winning Client Counseling Team Headed to National ABA Competition

In February, Southwestern's Negotiation Honors Program (NHP) competed in the regional round of the ABA Client Counseling Competition, which was held in Santa Clara, California. Southwestern was represented by two teams: Nina Dangourian and April Macaraeg, and Rebecca Ghadimi and Yasha Rastegari. Both teams ultimately advanced to the semi-finals of the competition, and April Macaraeg and Nina Dangourian won ...

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Southwestern Team Takes First Place at ABA Mediation Competition

In February, Southwestern competed in the regional round of the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, which was held at Southwestern. Out of 12 teams that competed, Imran Rahman, Diana Shaginian, Ani Tolmoyan and Andrew Paster, represented the law school exceptionally well. Rahman and Shaginian (pictured above) advanced to the final round and won First Place when they defeated the team from Arizona S ...

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Student Profile: Yealee Song

Full-time Day Program After Yealee Song graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in English, she turned an internship with KTLA into a full-time career and did everything from traffic and newswriting to producing and digital media. She then moved to a non-profit media company called KAC Media, which was broadcast over satellite television. As the director of production, she created shows and oversaw their pro ...

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Law Students from Around the Country Gather at Southwestern’s Entertainment Negotiation Competition

As a premier institution for the study of entertainment law, it makes sense that Southwestern would also create and host an entertainment law negotiation competition, the first and only national competition of its kind. The Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition was created in 2010 by Southwestern's Associate Dean Nyree Gray and Professor Cristina Knolton, co-advisors of the law school's Neg ...

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Southwestern’s Annual Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition Draws Teams From Around the Country

In a landscape where Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions abound, there are relatively few Negotiation competitions. Southwestern's Associate Dean Nyree Gray and Professor Cristina Knolton, co-advisors of the law school's Negotiation Honors Program, decided to enrich the competitive scene. In 2010, they established the Southwestern Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition, the first and only competit ...

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