Ayat Masoud ’15
Darley Maw ’16
Ryan V. Nicolosi ’15
Andrew R. Pearlman ’16
The ADR Skills Program includes not only students who affiliate with the Program in expectation of an award of a Certificate in ADR Skills, but also students engaged with the New York Law School Dispute Resolution Team. The Team’s mission is to provide a forum to practice the interpersonal and practical skills necessary to excel in the practice of law.
On October 5 and 6, 2013 the Dispute Resolution Team represented New York Law School at the 2013 INADR Northeastern Invitational Mediation Tournament. Each participant team was required to rotate roles as lawyer, client and mediator through a series of simulations. Members Diarra Clemons, Andrew Heymann, Jaclyn Schiandicola, Jason Seiler, Salome Vakharia and Janelly Landa, supported by their coaches Mike Villacres, Yusra Matari, and Danielle Edrich, won top honors.
One New York Law School team –comprising Diarra Clemons, Andrew Heymann and Jaclyn Schiandicola — took 1st place in the advocate/client category and 3rd place as the mediator. The second New York Law School team — comprising Jason Seiler, Salome Vakharia and Janelly Landa — took 1st place in the mediation category.
In addition, Salome Vakharia earned 5th place as individual mediator, Andrew Heymann came in 6th place as individual mediator, Jason Seiler and Salome Vakharia took 6th place as individual advocates, and Andrew Heymann and Diarra Clemons took 10th place for individual advocates.
The Dispute Resolution Team is the first co-curricular program to engage and encourage first year law students to apply what they are learning in their classes to the real-world components of practicing law. On October 26 and 27, 2013, the Dispute Resolution Team hosted its inaugural Client Counseling Competition designed specifically to introduce students to competition-style client counseling, while also helping competitors practice the skills honed in their Legal Practice classes. In the Spring Term 2014 the Team opened its trainings to 1L’s. The Team’s spring training schedule corresponds to the 1L Legal Practice syllabus in order to provide yet another forum for learning and practicing essential skills such as negotiation, mediation and professionalism.
To apply to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Associates Program, click here.