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During the weekend of November 7 – 8, FIU Law was host to the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, which featured 24 teams from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

And for the fourth year in a row, FIU Law took home the Regional title!

Advancing to Nationals are third-year law students Elroy John and Enbar Cohen who will compete in San Diego next February.

Following the first day of competition, John and Cohen, who were seeded third, advanced to the Final Four Championship Round along with teams from the University of Florida, University of Georgia and Stetson University. In Sunday morning’s Final Round, John and Cohen faced Stetson, with the University of Georgia up against the University of Florida.  In a unanimous decision, John and Cohen won the Championship round with the University of Florida finishing second, Stetson taking third and University of Georgia  in fourth.

Finishing in the top 10, were the FIU Law Negotiation Teams of Christopher Pena (3L) and Nicole Peguero (2L), and Nicolas Castillo (2L) and Christine Trujillo (3L).

Last year, the FIU Law Negotiation Teams swept the ABA Regional Competition by finishing as Champions, Runner-Ups and Second Runner-Up.

The competition simulates legal negotiations in which the law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The problems consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.

FIU Negotiation Teams

Kathleen Pfahlert (student coach), Christopher Pena, Nicole Peguero, Nick Castillo, Christine Trujillo, Elroy John, Enbar Cohen, Professor David Walter (faculty coach) and Marina Veiga (student coach).