Teams Win Accolades at NBLSA International Negotiations Competition
Pictured above (l to r) – Front Row: Keyla Smith, Chanel Rowe, Michelle Anglade, Kelly Torres. Back Row: George Knox, Daniel Cartwright, and Sherman Davis.

Recently, two teams of FIU Law students competed in the 7th Annual National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiations Competition in Atlanta. The competition, sponsored by BARBRI, took place at the NBLSA convention March 6 – 10, 2013.

One of the teams consisted of Chanel Rowe (2L) and Daniel Cartwright (2L), while the other consisted of Kelly Torres (3L) and Keyla Smith (2L). Rowe and Cartwright finished second in the national competition. Smith won Best Negotiator of Preliminary Round Two.

Each team was tasked with negotiating cross-border conflicts based on current issues affecting our global community. With 50 minute negotiating rounds, it made for a competitive and time-intensive competition.

“Competing in the NBLSA International Negotiations Competition was much like running a marathon,” said Rowe. “Dan and I gained momentum as we advanced through each round. We were continuously challenged to think on our feet and strategize, as confidential facts were released just hours before each round. The best part of the experience was the incredible teamwork that went into keeping us in the competition until the final round. Overall, it was a great opportunity to sharpen our negotiations skills and bond with colleagues.”

The teams credited their individual and team wins to their coach, Sherman Davis (3L), and faculty advisors, Dean Michelle Anglade and Professor George Knox. “We would not have been able to achieve the success we did without the support from the FIU BLSA Chapter, our team coach, and our faculty,” said Smith. “I truly believe that our individual and team accolades are a true testament to the amazing oral advocacy programs and classes that we have here at FIU Law.”

Cartwright agreed. “I am especially thankful to my teammates and coaches for providing the knowledge, advice, and motivation that was tantamount to our success. Without them, none of this would have been possible. I am also thankful to the faculty for allowing us to represent the school by sponsoring our appearance in this competition.”

This year’s team coach is no stranger to the competition. Last year, Davis, finished as quarter-finalists and was named “Best Overall Oralist” of the competition. “Going through the competition enabled me to understand what it would take for FIU Law to return and attain even greater success,” said Davis. “To have both of our teams win top accolades, more than exemplifies the team comradery and dedication. We were able to surpass top ranked schools such as Harvard at the competition and I am privileged to have been a part of this newly found legacy.”

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