March 16, 2009


MSU Law ADR Program Hosts Regional Mediation Competition

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program recently hosted an American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation Regional Competition. The competition measured how well students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation as well as provided students a valuable opportunity to experience the mediation process.

Held at Dykema Gossett's offices in Detroit, Michigan, 12 teams and 24 law students from law schools in Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois competed in teams of two (attorney and client) in simulated mediations. Over 35 practitioners served as judges and mediators. MSU Law third-year student Jodi Fox, and second-year students Philip Trampe, Justinian Lane, and Jeff Rector competed in the competition. ADR Program Director Mary Bedikian served as faculty advisor for the teams and Brian Pappas, ADR program associate director, coached the teams and served as the competition director.

The winning team from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law advanced to the national competition, which will be held at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference in April 2009 in New York, New York.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law and was devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining a small school culture. For more information about the Law College, visit

320B Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824


320B Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824