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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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society
Brooklyn Law School’s ADRHS students ABA Arbitration team qualified for Nationals

2020-2021 Executive Board

President
Rob Butlien

Vice President, Administrative Affairs
Sarah Meyers

Vice President, Competitive Affairs
Susan Kritzmacher

Business Affairs Coordinator
Kerry Jensen

Competition Coordinator
Zachary Kotin

Tryout Coordinators
Elizabeth Steinborn
Olivia Rose

Secretary
Patrick K. Lin

1L Outreach Coordinator
Tom Emmons

Alumni Chair
Mark Bhuptani

2020-2021 ADRHS Members

Returning Members

Hadel Alfagir
Cara Anstey
Taylor Arluck
Sam Bhat
Allie Bravi
William Doheny
Austin R. Dowdle
Jospeh Famulari
Megan Feeney
Vincent Feng
Michael Fielder
Shawn M. Garry
Gehan Ghanem
Victoria Glass
Spencer Goodson
Gus Ipsen
Meghan Johnke
Madeleine Knutson
Sari Kreutzer
Dan Landau
Jahi Liburd
Camille Mangiaratti
Megan K. McCarthy
Michael Meyers
Vincent Napoli
Alexandra Noetzel
Dominika Peko
Yaroslav Radtsevch
Eric Raff
Alex Rahmanan
Angelina Sanchez
Sydney Segal
Samantha Shoff
Nadiya Singh
Evan Tancil
Subha Tasnim
Hasan A. Tariq
Amanda Yang
Xinxin Zhou
Audrey Ziari

New Members

Wilson Baer
Khendrick Beausoleil
Shina Bharadwaja
Kathrine Boyko
Hayley Bork
Jenny Chen
Kelli Conway
Ryan Dame
Anthony DiMauro
Zane A. Elsisi
Kathleen Giunta
Yael Golan
Kyle Gulsby
Natasha Harris
Sibel Iskender
Veronica Krass
Julia Lee
Stephanie Lee
Yifan(Sherry) Lin
Elizabeth Lavelle
Madeline Martinez
Benjamin McDermott
Stephanie G. Merkrebs
Janae Newmark
Eamon O’Neill
Sydney Parks
Ellen Piazza
Monica Rashed
Jake Rubinstein
Ellie Sands
Skyler Jordan Sands
Nina Schroeren
Ashley Shin
Robert Taronji
Deborah Teslyar
Stutti Tilwa
John Tjartjalis
Erica Thompson
Justine Woods
Danielle Weisman

Award-Winning Teams

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

Second Place
Yaroslav Radtsevich, Michael Meyers
Coach: Alexa Bennett, Drew Fryhoff

2021 ABA Client Counseling Competition

First Place
Sari Kreutzer, Taylor Arluck
Coach: Eliza Simons

2020 ABA Arbitration Regional Competition

First Place
Allie Bravi, Daniel Landau, Evan Tancil, and Megan Feeney
Coach: Jill Davis and Missy Ronan

Finalists
Alex Rahmanan, Tom Emmons, Spencer Goodson, and Meghan Johnke
Coach: Pat Kelly and Katherine Teng

Semi-Finalists
Olivia Rose, Xinxin Zhou, Jahi Liburd, and Sari Kreutzer
Coach: Susan Kritzmacher and Eliza Simons


2019 UHLC National Mediator Competition
First Place
Jordan Johnson
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
First Place
Ryan Blum and Matthew Ryan
Coach: Mitchell Bower

Third Place
Diego Gomez and Sarah Meyers
Coach: Katherine Wilcox

 

2019 ABA Arbitration Regional Competition
First Place
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: adrhs@brooklaw.edu

Transfer Students

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 adrhs@brooklaw.edu.

Have Questions? Contact Us

General Inquiries: ADRHS@brooklaw.edu
President: robert.butlien@brooklaw.edu
Alumni Contact: mark.bhuptani@brooklaw.edu