UI College of Law to Host ABA Regional Competition in Boise

Tuesday, February 11 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho College of Law will host the regional competition of the American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation Competition in Boise Saturday, Feb. 22- 23.

“This event is a great chance for law students to improve their mediation skills,” said UI College of Law third-year student Dan Jenkins. “They learn from students from other schools and have a great opportunity to represent the University of Idaho. In addition, law students can demonstrate their practical mediation skills and learn mediation advocacy and mediation.”

Region 10 participants from Oregon, Washington, Northern California, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming will gather at the University of Idaho Boise Water Center to compete for the opportunity to advance to nationals, which will be held April 2-3, 2014, in Miami, Fla. For a list of participating schools, visit the ABA website. This event is open to the public.

The competition also impacts the Boise community beyond university students. Area practicing attorneys are encouraged to serve as judges.

“They learn quite a bit when they participate in the rating and grading processes,” said Maureen Laflin, director of clinical programs and professor of law, adding 40 judges, including lawyers and mediators are participating in the competition.

Noted judges this year include:

Merlyn Clark, who has more than 45 years’ experience managing complex civil litigation in state and federal courts before administrative agencies and arbitration panels. He has argued more than 30 cases before the Idaho Supreme Court.

Linda Copple-Trout, who holds degrees in marketing, management and law from the University of Idaho. Following a career in private practice, she was the first woman appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court, where she went on to serve as Chief Justice.

Anthony Martinez, who received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California School of Law, Berkeley. He is a special lecturer in the department of management at Boise State University and was selected as vice president of the Idaho Mediation Association — this role is in addition to his status as member of the board of directors for the association.

There are no CLE credits for this event.

**Media Contact: Cindy Hollenbeck, UI College of Law, (208) 885-7115, cynthiah@uidaho.edu

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