Hone your legal skills in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration
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.
Students hone their legal skills in preparation for competitions in three distinct areas of alternative dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. 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.
2019-2020 Executive Board
Vice President, Administrative Affairs
Vice President, Competitive Affairs
Business Affairs Coordinator
1L Outreach Coordinator
2019-2020 ADRHS Members
Marcelle Little Dawes
2019-2020 Award-Winning Teams
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
ABA Arbitration Regional Competition
Lance Bond, Jill Davis, Melissa Ronan and Eliza Simons
Coaches: Nick Carra, Montene Speight and Joshua Sycoff
(will be moving on to the ABA Arbitration National Competition in January 2020)
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.