The Advocates

 

The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition

ABOUT THE TOM NEWHOUSE MEDIATION COMPETITION

The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition is held in conjunction with the 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 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).  Only a limited number of teams can be accepted to compete, so early application is highly encouraged. 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.

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

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

2018 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Learning Sessions: September 26th at Noon (Rm. 144 BLB) and at 5 pm (Rm. 109 BLB)

2018 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Signups: Starting September 27th. Ends October 6th.

2018 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Dates: Preliminaries on October 12th. Finals on October 13th.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested students should apply online at the 2018 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Application Site.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Eric Stitzel, the 2018-2019 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Director.