The Advocates


The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition


The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition is held in conjunction with the Jeffry S. Abrams National Mediator Competition.  Tom Newhouse Competition Teams are presented with several fact patterns that include a summary of their side’s position and interests then given a limited time to present their position and work through the dispute with mediators (who are themselves competitors in the Jeffry Abrams National Mediator Competition). 

The fact patterns will be available at the start of the week leading up to the competition.  All necessary information is available in the fact pattern and no outside research is required to understand the problem.  All preliminary rounds for the Competition are held on one day. 

The Competition is open to all UHLC students.  Competition Teams consist of two UHLC students, with one serving as attorney and the other as client (alternating each round).  The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition is limited to 30 teams.  Competition rounds are judged by members of the Houston legal community who often offer feedback to the teams after their round is over.  Teams are scored on the basis of the students’ case analysis, creativity, presentation, expression of the client’s goals, skills of compromise, and professional courtesy.

UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Round in the Vinson & Elkins courtroom (111 TUII).  All other competition rounds are closed to the public.


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 Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.


The Advocates will kick off the signup period for the Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition with a Learning Lunch on campus that will provide an orientation to mediation competition and tips for competitors.  Interested students can sign up at the Learning Lunch or at The Advocates table in The Commons. 


2015 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Learning Lunch: September 28
2015 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Signups: September 28 – October 6
2015 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – October 9
Quarter, Semifinal, and Final Rounds – October 10
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by 12:01 a.m. Friday, October 23

Do you have questions or need more information? Email George Hayek, the 2015-2016 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Director.