California mediator wins Abrams Competition

Edward Mata receives Frank G. Evans Scholarship Award

Edward Mata

Edward Mata

The final round of the Abrams National Mediation Competition and the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition took place at the UH Law Center on Oct. 27.

The final round of the Abrams National Mediation Competition and the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition took place at the UH Law Center on Oct. 27.

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Oct. 29, 2012 – Edward Mata of the University of California Hastings College of Law has taken the top honor at the Jeffry S. Abrams National Mediation Competition, held Oct. 26-27 at the University of Houston Law Center. As the winner, Mata received the $2,000 Frank Evans Mediator Scholarship, given this year in honor of Charles R. “Bob” Dunn.

“I am very excited to bring back a win for Hastings,” Mata said. “This is a unique competition. Participating with advocates takes the competition to a whole new level. It makes all the difference and provides an incentive for mediators to be extremely prepared.”

Presented by the Blakely Advocacy Institute and sponsored by distinguished Houston mediator and Law Center alumnus Jeffry S. Abrams, the competition allowed top law students nationwide to put their mediation skills to the test before a team of judges.

The final rounds saw Mata and Cole White, a student mediator also from Marquette University Law School, being judged by Abrams; Gina Miller, Vice President for JAMS Southwest Region; and former state District Judge Ruby Sondock ‘62, the first woman member of the Texas Supreme Court. Mata and White came in a respective first and second place in the competition. White received a $1,000 scholarship award sponsored by Jams, The Dispute Resolution Experts and the Blakely Advocacy Institute.

UH Law Center students presently do not compete in the Abrams competition.

The Abrams competition is designed to run in parallel with the Law Center’s Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition, where UH Law Center students participate as advocate/client in mediation. These intramural participants serve as the parties to the mediation rounds for the national competition. Team members Blair Leake and Brian Albert won the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition.

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