Society for Dispute Resolution

The Society for Dispute Resolution (SDR) is a student organization dedicated to the emerging legal field known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR is the blanket title given to the various methods of resolving legal disputes outside the confines of a courtroom. The three most common forms of ADR are arbitration, negotiation and mediation. SDR members have diverse backgrounds and varied legal interests but all share a common understanding that many relationships extend beyond legal disputes. Clients need a representative who is versed in more than just an adversarial approach.

At Quinnipiac, SDR operates as both a student organization and as a competition team. As a student organization the goal is to create a forum for students who share a common interest in ADR and an appreciation of the role of ADR in their future legal career. To inform the greater student body of the importance of ADR and its relevance to them and their careers, several events are held over the course of the school year. These events, which are open to the entire student body, range from panel discussions with local leaders in the field to more intimate and less formal sessions with speakers hosting round-table discussions. These events are not only informative but also serve as good networking opportunities since students are given a chance to interact with real professionals in the field.

As a competition team, SDR participates in three ABA sponsored competitions throughout the school year: negotiation, client-counseling, and representation in mediation. These competitions give our team members an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real world problems, as well as a chance to interact with other students and professionals. While all students are welcome to join SDR, the competition team members are selected from a school-wide intramural competition, open to 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls, which is held at the start of the spring semester. Team members not only compete, they are also given ample opportunity to spar with other team members and observe practice rounds, as well as act as student coaches.

2014-2015 Competitions

  • ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, UCONN Law School
    • Two quarter-finalist teams
  • ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition, Brooklyn Law School
    • Two finalist teams (second and third place)
  • ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competition, New England Law School, Boston
    • Fourth place finisher
  • InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution, International Mediation Competition, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA
    • Semi-finalist
  • Champlain College Mediation Competition, Burlington, VT
    • Best Client/Advocate Pair

2015-2016 Executive Board
President: Emily Kaas
Vice President of External Competition: Julie Altimier
Vice President of Internal Competition: Catherine Blair
Vice President for Member Development: Angelica Barcsansky
Secretary: Angela Cortese
Treasurer: Natasha Rodriguez
Competition Co-Chairs: Julia Sorensen and Alesha Davis
Community Service Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Bouchard and Alison Toumekian

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