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National Runner-Up Accolade at ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

Nima Ashtyani ’12 (left) and Christopher A. DeAngelo ’11 (right), pictured here with Dispute Resolution Society President Pantea Ilbeigi ’10 (center), earned a National Runner-Up title in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, held in San Francisco last week.

Christopher A. DeAngelo ‘11 and Nima Ashtyani ’12 achieved National Runner-Up recognition at the 11th Annual ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, held in San Francisco April 7 and 8. The event was orchestrated by the Section of Dispute Resolution and held in conjunction with its Spring Conference. More than 100 teams nationwide participated.

The road to the National Championship began at the Regional Competition, hosted by Seton Hall on March 13 -14, which included squads from the Benjamin N. Cardozo, Fordham, Pace, St. John’s and Touro Law Schools. Chris and Nima entered the Regional Final as the top-seeded team. The New York Region is considered by many to be the most competitive, with top-ranked Cardozo and Fordham among the contenders.

In the Regional Final, Chris and Nima defeated Fordham, the defending regional champion and winners of six of the last eight annual events. The victory earned Seton Hall the right to compete against nine other regional champions for the national title.

In the preliminary rounds of the national competition in San Francisco, Seton Hall bested 2008 National Champion Quinnipiac University School of Law and perennial powerhouse Arizona State University / Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in the preliminary rounds. Chris and Nima again held the top seed entering the National Semifinal against Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Following their Semifinal win, DeAngelo and Ashtyani faced the University of Maryland School of Law in the National Championship, a round decided by a 2-1 ballot in Maryland’s favor.

“It is difficult to fully appreciate the magnitude of this accomplishment,” remarked Faculty Coach, Professor David White. “Chris and Nima displayed their considerable mediation advocacy skills on the national stage and, in so doing, showcased Seton Hall’s Conflict Management Program. They received praise from leading academics and practitioners alike. Their success transcends interschool competition, and the attendant professional networking will pay handsome dividends to Seton Hall Law in the immediate future.”

Prof. Kevin B. Kelly, Director of the ADR Program, said, “At Seton Hall, we are firmly committed to a robust curriculum that enables students to translate theory into practice and develop skills that will prepare them for the real world. What Chris and Nima have accomplished is testament not only to their talent and dedication but also to the success of our skills program, which will reap immeasurable benefits for all of our students.”

The Representation in Mediation result brought to conclusion a successful interschool competition season that included a National Championship in the FINRA / St. John’s University School of Law Securities Triathlon (Negotiation Event), Regional Finalist distinction in the ABA Arbitration Competition, and Semifinalist honors at the ABA Client Counseling Regional Competition.

Founded in 2009, Seton Hall’s Dispute Resolution Society seeks to promote greater awareness of dispute resolution through scholarship, symposia and community-based outreach.