The Whittier Law School Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Club had a great showing at the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition held at Thomas Jefferson Law School September 28-29. Out of 40 teams representing 28 law schools from all over the nation, the Whittier Law School team of Gavril Gabriel and Brittany McClintick came in 10th place, ahead of teams from schools such as UCLA, Berkeley, and Harvard. The team was very close to advancing to the four team final, with a single judging point making the difference.
“This is a great start for our team,” said Professor Rishi Batra, faculty advisor and coach for the ADR Club. “Brittany and Gavril worked very hard and their results reflect that. I expect Club members will do even better in future competitions.”
The ADR club was founded last year on the initiative of Whittier Law School students. The club focuses on training its members in the negotiation and mediation skills they will need as they practice law, through participation in competitions. All law students, including 1Ls, are welcome to join.
The NSLNC focuses on current issues in the sports world each year and facilitates students, coaches and judges to negotiate and make decisions on these sports topics in an academic setting. The fact patterns allow students to focus on more than one area of sports law, including: contract negotiation, trading of players, salary demands, endorsement contracts, athlete and sports professionals family and personal issues, and intellectual property among others.
In addition to doing well at the competition, the competitors got to enjoy San Diego as well. Joined by student coach and team alternate Brandon Roesler, the students enjoyed a Padres game hosted by Thomas Jefferson law school, as well as a talk by sports agent Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the movie character Jerry McGuire.