New York Law School Team Shines in International Mediation Competition

(Left to right): Paul Faglione 2L Two-Year J.D. Honors Program, Adjunct Professor F. Peter Phillips ’87, Brenda Alejo 2L, Laura Rion 3L, and Evan Rosenberg 2L in Paris.

In early February, New York Law School’s Dispute Resolution Team reached the quarterfinals of the 12th International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition. The elite competition was held in Paris and included more than 200 students, encompassing 65 teams from 33 countries.

The idea of competing in mediation—a field that emphasizes listening and accord—may seem paradoxical, but students are graded for demonstrating their aptitude in those skills, not for “winning” a case in the traditional legal sense.

New York Law School’s team was coached by Adjunct Professor F. Peter Phillips ’87, who directs the School’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Skills Program, and included students Brenda Alejo 2L, Paul Faglione 2L Two-Year J.D. Honors Program, Laura Rion 3L, and Evan Rosenberg 2L. Alexandra Rockoff 2L and Nicole Juliano 3L were student coaches. The team’s participation was made possible by a generous contribution from Jim Tricarico ’77.

After the team members learned they had advanced to the quarterfinal round, which began the next morning at 8 a.m., they stayed up all night preparing intently.

“What had been four students working hard became an organism that breathes as a single unit,” Professor Phillips said of the moment. “It was remarkable.”

“The evolution of this team was nothing short of inspiring,” said Evan Rosenberg. “One of the most meaningful parts of the competition was the opportunity to cross cultural boundaries and gain valuable insight on ADR in an international context.”

New York Law School has now reached the quarterfinal round twice in its three years of participation in the event.

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Learn about the School’s highly-regarded ADR Skills program here.