Whittier law team places fifth in National Basketball Negotiation Competition

The National Basketball Negotiation Competition is hosted yearly by the Fordham Sports Law Forum in New York. This year, the Whittier Law School team of JayJay Ding and Jacob Hippensteel placed 5th out of 32 law schools. They advanced from 32 total teams to the final quarter round.

Gavril T. Gabriel, JayJay Ding and Jacob Hippensteel
Gavril T. Gabriel, JayJay Ding and Jacob Hippensteel

The team was coached by Gavril T. Gabriel, a partner at Construction Claims Law Group, and a 2013 Whittier Law School graduate. Gavril said, “The team only missed advancing to the semi-final round by a half a point! This is extremely close considering that each round, the teams could score up to a total of 77 points. It was a pleasure to coach JayJay and Jacob, and they deserve to be recognized for their amazing achievement, hard work and dedication.”

The competition involved negotiating the terms of a National Basketball Association contract for a superstar, Kevin Durant and negotiating a sponsorship deal between the NBA and Beats headphones. Additionally, the team negotiated a trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. Said Gabriel, “Of course, all of these fact patterns were hypothetical. However, they required the team to conduct hours of research, on top of numerous practice negotiation sessions. They worked hard and Whittier should be very proud of their accomplishment.”

Gavril T. Gabriel, JayJay Ding and Jacob Hippensteel

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