Dispute Resolution Board members and coaches

Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution (DR) Board is the umbrella organization for the arbitration, international arbitration, client counseling, tax challenge, transactional drafting, negotiation, and mediation teams.

Both through participation in the DR class, and by participating in practice teams, scrimmage sessions, and competition experiences, members of the DR learn effective oral communication skills. DR Board members learn to “read” the audience and prepare for and engage in oral communication that is appropriate for each audience and purpose, which will be different for each of the contexts in which we compete. Our competitions also typically require fact-finding and legal research. DR Board members learn to create and execute an effective strategy to gather facts and interpret them, and to create and execute an effective, efficient legal research strategy. DR Board members serve the Stetson community and the profession through administrative hours and campus outreach. DR Board members have the opportunity to identify and practice the rules and norms of professional conduct, through handling various situations that arise in competition settings. And finally, DR Board members have the opportunity to practice self-management, including time, workload, and stress management.

The following competitions are available to the Board this year. For those competitions with regional rounds, our performance at the regionals will determine whether we are invited to compete at the national level.

  • University of Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition
  • ABA/LSD Section of Taxation Young Lawyers Forum Law Student Tax Challenge.
  • ABA/LSD Negotiation Competition
  • Thomas Jefferson National Sports Law Negotiation Competition
  • ABA/LSD Arbitration Competition
  • William and Mary Negotiation Competition
  • ABA/LSD Client Counseling Competition
  • ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Regional Representation in Mediation Competition
  • RobertMerhigeEnvironmental Negotiation Competition
  • The INADR International Academy of Dispute Resolution Law School Tournament
  • Transactional LawMeet;
  • South Texas College of Law Houston Energy Law Negotiation Competition
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition;

ABA Competitions Champion

Stetson University College of Law is the first American Bar Association Competitions Champion

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, has been named the first American Bar Association Competitions Champion. The ABA Law Student Division hosts four practical skills competitions—the arbitration, negotiation, client counseling and national appellate advocacy competitions. The Competitions Champion Award is presented to the law school that accrues the most points through team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division's four practical skills competitions. In 2018, more than 1,300 students from 156 law schools participated in one or more of these competitions.