February 14, 2012

Hamline Law Team Finishes in Top Eight at International Mediation Competition

Hamline Law students Max Bunge (2L) and Kimberly Chang (3L) advanced to the quarterfinal round to finish among the top eight teams in the world at the 7th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris last week.

The team was coached by Hamline Law professor Sharon Press and December graduate Lynn LeMoine (J.D., ’11).

Hamline Law was one of only two United States teams to advance to the quarterfinal round, 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.

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.

In total, 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.

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.