Oct. 13, 2016 — Law students from across the country gathered at the University of Houston Law Center last week for the Jeffry S. Abrams National Mediator Competition, while Law Center students challenged their classmates at the Tom Newhouse Representing Clients in Mediation Competition.
Amanda Gordon from the South Texas College of Law took home the championship, which was the school's second win in three years. Gordon triumphed over the runner-up from Stetson University College of Law and the semi-finalists from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and UC Hastings College of Law.
The competitions were hosted by the Law Center's Blakely Advocacy Institute.
"The Abrams competition is unique because the law students compete only as mediators and are judged on their skills in that role," said Blakely Advocacy Institute Director Jim Lawrence. "It is the first and only dual-track competition of its kind."
The Abrams Competition ran concurrently with the Tom Newhouse Representing Clients in Mediation Competition. In this competition, law students competed as lawyer-client advocacy teams where they are evaluated on their effectiveness as student advocates.
This year 32 Law Center teams competed against each other in the Newhouse Competition. First-year part-time students James Dorough-Lewis and Cameron Bautsch earned top honors.