Hamline Law rising 3L Max Bunge and Zuag Kimberly Chang (J.D. ’12) finished among the top eight teams in the world at the 7th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris in February.
The team was coached by Hamline Law professor Sharon Press and December graduate Lynn LeMoine (J.D. ’11).
The competition allowed Bunge and Chang to showcase their mediation and dispute resolution skills against the top students in the world. The five-day competition featured over 140 mock mediation sessions, based on real cross-border commercial disputes, and tested the problem-solving skills of 66 teams from 32 countries.
“It was nothing short of amazing,” Chang said. “I thought we prepared very well, but you’re just never really sure.
“It seemed like everything fell into place, and it was a lot of fun. I think preparation is key, and it helps to have a great team dynamic.”
Bunge and Change proved their team dynamic by advancing to the quarterfinal round. Hamline Law was one of only two United States teams to finish among the top eight teams, joining the eventual first-place team from South Texas College of Law. South Texas finished ahead of Bar Ilan University (Israel) in second place and FGV Sao Paulo Law School (Brazil) in third.
“It was such a big honor to represent Hamline,” Chang said. “We heard a lot about how Hamline gets invited [to the competition] every year, but once we got there … everyone we met said, ‘You’re from Hamline? Hamline usually does very well.’ We realized we had a strong reputation and big shoes to fill.”
Seven nations were represented in the quarterfinal round as Bucerius Law School (Germany), Jagiellonian University (Poland), National University of Singapore (Singapore), and University of New South Wales (Australia) joined Bar Ilan University, FGV São Paulo Law School, South Texas College of Law, and Hamline Law to make up the eight-team field.
The aim of the annual ICC competition is to train law and business students to better meet the dispute resolution needs of today’s global market, to know how and when to efficiently use mediation, and to learn how to deal with the cultural sensitivities implied in the process. It gives students an opportunity to test their problem-solving skills in international commercial cases in which they take the role of client and counsel while some of the world's leading mediators participate to help the students work towards a solution.
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