The Advocates

 

The Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition

ABOUT 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 pattern for each round is available one hour before the round begins.  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.

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.

LEARNING LUNCH & COMPETITION SIGN UP
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. 

IMPORTANT DATES
2014 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Learning Lunch: October 7
2014 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Signups: October 7 – October 15
2014 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – October 24
Quarter, Semifinal, and Final Rounds – October 25
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by 12:01 a.m. Saturday November 2

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Chance Marshall, the 2014-2015 Tom Newhouse Mediation Competition Director.