Hone your legal skills in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and client counseling
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society (“ADRHS”) is Brooklyn Law School’s distinguished accredited honors organization that prepares students for success in the newest trend in the legal profession. Students participate in alternative dispute resolution competitions across the country in various areas of the law, such as the intellectual property negotiation, international mediation, baseball arbitration, and the securities law triathlon.
ADRHS is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and equipping its members with practical skills in the field of ADR that will prepare them for the practice of law. This commitment includes deliberately creating and maintaining conditions that enable all members to be valued as they are. ADRHS creates points of entry for new members to participate while remaining fair and impartial. We are continually and collectively invested in the growth and development of our members and the Brooklyn Law School community.
Students hone their legal skills in preparation for competitions in four areas of alternative dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and client counseling. Preparation for competitions through written briefs and contracts, and simulations allows students to gain experience in a unique skill set that allows them to become a better advocate for their client and a more creative problem solver.
These particular legal skills are essential to becoming a successful attorney and universally applicable to all practices of the law. Students may earn academic credit for participating in competitions and for coaching other competitors.
2020-2021 Executive Board
Vice President, Administrative Affairs
Vice President, Competitive Affairs
Business Affairs Coordinator
Patrick K. Lin
1L Outreach Coordinator
2020-2021 ADRHS Members
Austin R. Dowdle
Shawn M. Garry
Megan K. McCarthy
Hasan A. Tariq
Zane A. Elsisi
Stephanie G. Merkrebs
Skyler Jordan Sands
16th ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition
Fourth Place / Semifinalists
Susan Kritzmacher, Noelle Stone, and Melissa Ronan
Coach: Robert Butlien and Kat Teng
2021 Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition
Yaroslav Radtsevich, Michael Meyers
Coach: Alexa Bennett, Drew Fryhoff
2021 ABA Client Counseling Competition
Sari Kreutzer, Taylor Arluck
Coach: Eliza Simons
2020 ABA Arbitration Regional Competition
Allie Bravi, Daniel Landau, Evan Tancil, and Megan Feeney
Coach: Jill Davis and Missy Ronan
Alex Rahmanan, Tom Emmons, Spencer Goodson, and Meghan Johnke
Coach: Pat Kelly and Katherine Teng
Olivia Rose, Xinxin Zhou, Jahi Liburd, and Sari Kreutzer
Coach: Susan Kritzmacher and Eliza Simons
2019 UHLC National Mediator Competition
Coach: Noelle Stone
2019 International Chamber of Commerce Competition
Distinction for the Performance of a Team from a University Participating in the Competition for the First Time
Rob Price, Justin Heller, Taylor Bleistein
Coach: Danielle Robinson
2019 New York Law School Intellectual Property Law Negotiation Competition
Ryan Blum and Matthew Ryan
Coach: Mitchell Bower
Diego Gomez and Sarah Meyers
Coach: Katherine Wilcox
2019 ABA Arbitration Regional Competition
Lance Bond, Jill Davis, Missy Ronan and Eliza Simons
Coaches: Nick Carra, Montene Speight and Joshua Sycoff
2019 Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition
“Best Opening” and “Best Direct” Awards
Katherine Teng, Patrick Kelly, Susan Kritzmacher
Coaches: Taylor Bleistein, Danielle Robinson and Emilia Foto
Honor Society Tryouts
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society Tryouts take place in the spring semester during February or March. This highly competitive mock negotiation will determine who will be invited to join the society for the following competition year.
The tryout competition is comprised of two separate rounds of multi-party negotiations that will be judged by current ADRHS members. Participants will be sent a general fact pattern and respective private facts depending on the party that they will be assigned to represent. Participants will be told certain concessions their clients have authorized and certain demands they need to meet on behalf of their client. Performance will be scored on a rubric that considers factors such as professionalism and ethics, comprehension of client’s goals, and ability to work alongside other negotiating parties. Participants will be e-mailed the rubric prior to their tryout.
The number of students admitted to join ADRHS vary based on the society’s competition needs for the following year. Typically, ADRHS offers memberships to those who score in the top 15% of all participants.
Contact ADHRS for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer students may be eligible for membership in ADRHS in the competition year for which they matriculate at Brooklyn Law School. Transfer students who are interested in becoming members may inquire to ADRHS at email@example.com.