Pictured above, from left to right: Natalie Marcell (3L) and Bryan Belenson (3L).
The FIU College of Law Board of Advocates (BOA) hosted the American Bar Association (ABA) Southeast Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend, where a FIU Law team took first place.
The competition, which had a total of 24 teams from five states, ended in dramatic fashion on Sunday morning, with a three-way tie among teams from FIU Law, the University of Georgia School of Law, and Stetson University College of Law. Following the ABA tie-breaking rules, FIU Law students Natalie Marcell (3L) and Bryan Belenson (3L) emerged as champions.
Three other FIU Law teams competed in the regional competition – Amanda Braun (3L) and Patricia Fragoso (3L); Alfonso Leon (3L) and Esther Garcia (3L); and Keyla Smith (2L). All teams negotiated quite well, picking up multiple first-place rankings in their preliminary rounds on Saturday.
Amanda Braun (3L), BOA Vice-President of Negotiations, and Professor David Walter, served as the coaches for this year’s negotiation teams. Daniel Ford (3L) and Maria De Ornelas (2L) assisted with coaching.
“All the team members stepped up to assist Natalie and Bryan late Saturday night for several hours as they strategized for the Sunday morning final round,” said Professor Walter. “Their help was invaluable. Although there is just one championship team, it really was a group effort.”
This marks the fourth time in the last six years that FIU Law has won the ABA Southeast Regional Negotiation Competition.
Marcell and Belenson’s regional win sends them to the 2013 National Negotiation Competition in Dallas, Texas in Feb. 2013.