Whittier Law Places Second in Environmental Negotiations Competition

On March 18, the team from Whittier Law School beat out 18 other entries to place second in the California State Bar Environmental Negotiations Competition held at UCLA School of Law. The team of Barret Alexander and Garrett Dunbar bested teams from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Hastings, Chapman, Loyola, Santa Clara, and a number of other schools. The team of Dale McGinnis and Curtis Morrison also received many compliments from the judges. The teams were coached by Professor Peter Reich, who specializes in environmental water law and directs the concentration in Environmental Law.

According to Professor Reich, “This success is a tribute to the students’ hard work and their preparation in our environmental and experiential courses.” “Our success in the competition was a direct result of the combined efforts of Professor Reich and all the competing members,” said Barret Alexander. “Together, we stressed the importance of preparation, collaboration, hard work and intelligent legal negotiating.” Garrett Dunbar agreed, adding, “Whittier Law School’s sustained success throughout the history of this competition highlights our school’s potential in the environmental field as well as our ability to compete with larger institutions. I am truly honored to have participated in this competition and will never forget the experience.”

Each team participated in two 60 minute preliminary rounds before advancing to the final round where they were given one hour to review a new fact pattern before a 75-minute negotiation. The students were judged by a panel of environmental lawyers, judges and professional mediators. Scoring criteria include preparation, execution of strategy, teamwork, outcome, oral presentation, and ethics. The competition was sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of California and supported by environmental law firms Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Remy Moose Manley LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, Caldwell Leslie, The Sohagi Law Group, and Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP.

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