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CAS Mock Mediation Team Wins Second Place in Nationals

The CAS Mock Mediation Team placed second in the National Collegiate Mediation Tournament in Chicago, October 26-27, marking the eighth straight year since the team was formed in 2001 that a CAS team has reached the national finals. Mock Mediation is an “academic Olympic sport,” says Assistant Dean for Pre-Law Advising Ed Stern, who coaches both the Mock Mediation Team and the nationally ranked Mock Trial Team. Two teams of three students competed in Chicago over the two days of the tournament, which involved three rounds of mediation where each student was required to play the role of mediator, client, and advocate. 

“Mock mediation gives you a whole new skill set; you get the experience from all sides,” says team member Neela Ranmal. Authenticity is the key, according to Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Wayne Snyder. The cases are true to life, and the preparation realistic. Teams are given a week to prepare five possible cases, then receive a “secret fax” half an hour before the first round, giving them critical last-minute details to be absorbed, and telling them which side they will be arguing.

In addition to the team rankings, individuals can be designated All-American in either mediation or client/advocacy if they rank among the top 10 students in point totals. Two CAS students, Valerie Kaplan and Isabella Nagy, won All-American in mediation; Shelby Cannon won in client/advocacy; and Neela Ranmal won in both categories.

The Mock Trial team also recently placed third in the Harvard Invitational Tournament. The season for Mock Trial begins in the spring.