New York, NY (March 9, 2018) – New York Law School (NYLS) placed first in the sixth annual National Basketball Negotiation Competition at Fordham School of Law on March 2 and 3, 2018. In addition, Tarrian Ellis 3L was awarded “Best Advocate” for his performance.
Law schools from across the country compete in the annual sports law event, which engages teams of two students in mock negotiations related to the NBA. The 2018 competition included, among other scenarios, a product endorsement deal for a star basketball player and a contract between a player and an NBA franchise. Students were scored by practicing attorneys and judges on their oral advocacy, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and ability to bargain on behalf of their “client.”
NYLS’s team consisted of Tarrian Ellis 3L and Stephanie Torres 3L, coached by Evan Rosenberg 3L and Kayla Fonseca 3L. All are members of the NYLS Dispute Resolution Team. The team’s faculty advisors are Professors Kris Franklin and F. Peter Phillips ’87.
“Negotiation and oral advocacy skills are critical to modern lawyering, and I am very proud of our team’s extraordinary performance in this competition,” said Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of NYLS. “Tarrian and Stephanie, coached by Evan and Kayla, exhibited remarkable teamwork, foresight, and polish in their approach. Congratulations to them on this well-deserved victory!”