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Successful 7th Annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition

Published: September 26, 2017
Finalists with their awards and final round judges, Jack Green, Dean Joan Bullock and Paul Spiegelman

This past weekend Thomas Jefferson School of Law hosted the 7th Annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition (NSLNC) and it was a rousing success.  The school hosted 40 teams from law schools such as California Western, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Marquette, Fordham and Georgetown, just to name a few.  For the first time, the competition had a team from Canada competing.

Western State took first place, followed by Berkeley, Quinnipiac and Hastings.

“Thanks to all those that helped to make this the best NSLNC ever.  On staff, appreciation goes to Jody, Kathryn and Beth.  Our students were awesome, ADR members and Sports Law Fellows served as volunteers.  The faculty came through as always, with professors Berenson, Bettwy, Bisom-Rapp, Guzelian, McCurdy, Templin and Waldman serving as judges,” said Thomas Jefferson School of Law Chairman of the Board of Trustees and NSLNC Faculty Advisor Randy Grossman.

“A very special thanks to Sam Ehrlich '14, now a student in the doctoral program at Florida State; and Paul Spiegelman, Emeritus Director of the ADR program, both of whom stepped in at the 10th hour and helped draft and re-write the problems, judge's instructions and run the competition.  We could not have pulled it off without their help.”

Finally, to crown the Champions, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Dean and President Joan Bullock, along with Professors Spiegelman and Jack Green, served as the final round judges on Sunday morning and provided insightful feedback to the finalists.

The NSLNC not only operates in the black and financially supports the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Sports Law and Policy (CSLP), including funding the team that represents Thomas Jefferson School of Law annually at the National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane (which Thomas Jefferson School of Law won in 2012), the competition is also nationally recognized as one of the preeminent negotiation competitions, and the only one in sports.  The student competitors and faculty coaches had nothing but praise for the Thomas Jefferson School of Law students, faculty and staff they had interaction with.