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Lorance Thompson Negotiation Competition

ABOUT THE LORANCE THOMPSON NEGOTIATION COMPETITION

The Lorance Thompson Negotiation Competition presents several unique opportunities and challenges for UHLC students. A negotiation team consists of two students who play the role of attorneys representing the interests of a client. Over several rounds during the one-day competition, teams are presented with fact patterns that include a summary of a client's positions and interests. Teams are then given limited time to negotiate a deal with another team representing an opposing client. Each team has one week following the competition to draft a contract encapsulating the agreement struck in one of the sessions.

Teams receive points based on their ability to protect and secure their client's interests in the deal that is struck between the teams in each round.

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COMPETITION INFORMATION

The following materials provide detailed information about the 2019 Lorance Thompson Negotiation Competition:

COURSE CREDIT & PRIZES

UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules.

Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.

The overall winning and runner-up teams will receive a cash prize.  The team that drafts the best contract will also be recognized.

COMPETITION APPLICATIONS

Applicant teams will be accepted for the competition based on the order in which their application has been received and upon the Competition Director's confirmation that both team members have paid the competition fee ($10 for Advocates Members, $30 for non-members). Interested students are highly encouraged to apply with a team member using the online application, which will be available after the second presentation.

THERE IS NO PRIORITY GIVEN TO 3LS, OR TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY ENROLLED FOR A CREDIT HOUR BASED ON THIS COMPETITION. IF YOU ARE RELYING ON THIS CREDIT, YOU MUST MOVE QUICKLY.

IMPORTANT DATES

2019 Negotiation Competition Afternoon Information Session: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from noon to 1pm in Room 144, BLB

2019 Negotiation Competition Evening Information Session: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 5pm to 6pm in Room 144, BLB

Online sign up begins after the second information session at 6pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Tabling in The Commons: Wednesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 28 at 12PM and 5PM.

2019 Negotiation Competition Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Contract Due Date: 11:59 P.M. CT, Saturday, April 13, 2019

HOW TO APPLY

To sign up, use the Sign Up link, you must pay first and then fill out the google form.  Payment will be accepted by way of Venmo or by using the PayPal link below. If you use Venmo, the name is: "The Advocates at UHLC", the @username is: "@TheAdvocates-atUHLC".  Please include in the notes you and your partners name and that the money is for Lorance Thompson.  The PayPal link here will allow you to pay even if you don't have an account.  For either Venmo or PayPal, you need to keep your confirmation code for when you fill out the Google form.  Remember that both members of your team must pay before being considered. Competitor teams will be selected from the eligible applicant teams on a first-come basis. The application closes at 11:59pm, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, or when all of the available competition slots have been filled. A number of backup teams will be allowed to sign up in case an accepted team backs out. If a team does not have a chance to participate in the competition, they will get their money back. Both teammates will receive confirmation of your application's acceptance by Thursday, April 4, 2019. Late applications will be considered under the same standards as regular applications.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Eric Stitzel, the 2018-2019 Executive Chair of Mediation and Negotiation, at edstitze@central.uh.edu