Past Student Negotiations Competitions

Students: You can request copies of the fact patterns, backing materials and confidential instructions for rounds 1 and 2 by requesting them from the Sections Internet Coordinator.

2016 Student Negotiation Competition

The 2016 Student Negotiations Competition was held Friday, March 18, 2016, at UCLA School of Law.


Team Rankings 

School 

Team Members

Team Letter

1

California Western School of Law 

Shelby Shelton
Robert Prine 

S

2

Whittier School Of Law

Barrett Alexander
Garrett Dunbar  

H

3

UC Berkeley School of Law

Nihkil Sharma 
Chelsea Turner

E

4

Chapman University, Fowler School of Law 

Melissa Duchene
Kyle Hinton   

A

5

UC Berkeley School of Law

Alyssa Golay 
Bilal Malik 

D

6

Western State College of Law 

Alex Shabaan
Michi Kono   

M

7

Loyola School OF Law

Lital Ruimy 
Christopher Johnson

R

8

UC Hastings School of Law 

Chris Ballard 
Andrew Weaver

L

9

UCLA School of Law

Danielle Manning
Shannon Clark  

O

10

Santa Clara University

Jim Logan 
Angela Nelson

C

2015 Student Negotiation Competition

  • First Place – California Western School of Law (R) Braden Drake and Amy Vaughn
  • Second Place – Southwestern Law School (J) Vardan Ksachukyan and Alexandria Davis
  • Third Place – UCLA School of Law (K) Gregory Maestri and Sarah Kozal
  • Fourth Place – Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Q) Frances Maldonado and William Burkett
  • Fifth Place – Whittier Law School (X) Mykhal Ofili
  • Sixth Place – Chapman University, Fowler School of Law (B) Heidi Stryker and Ryan Deegan
  • Seventh Place – Western State College of Law (E) Emma Popiolkowski and Yumi Choe
  • Eighth Place – Lincoln Law School (M) Elizabeth Fortune-Harndy and Sarah Bain
  • Ninth Place – UC Hastings College of the Law (N) Thomas Russell and Daniel Xuli
  • Tenth Place (tie) – Southwestern Law School (I) Diana Shaginian and Jason Barth
  • Tenth Place (tie) – UC Irvine School of Law (W) Ryan Ueda and Steven Kim

2014 Student Negotiations Competition

  • UC Berkeley School of Law (Team B), Andrew Coghlan and Francis Choi
  • UCLA School of Law (Team E), Heather Leslie and Ryan Berghoff 
  • Chapman University, Fowler School of Law (Team K), Ali Razavi and Brandon Howard 
  • Santa Clara University School of Law (Team A), Victoria Loomis and William McAdoo 
  • UC Berkeley School of Law (Team C) 
  • California Northern School of Law (Team D) 
  • California Western School of Law (Team G) 
  • Whittier Law School (Team R) 
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Team M) 
  • Golden Gate University School of Law (Team F)

2013 Student Negotiations Competition

14th Annual Student Negotiations CompetitionThe 2013 Student Negotiations Competition took place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco.The winning team received a cash prize of $1,000; the second place team, $500. Both the first and second place teams received recognition in the State Bar of California’s Environmental Law Section Newsletter.All students entered in the competition receive one year’s complimentary membership in the Environmental Law Section.

Rank Team Name Team Number
1 UC Berkeley #2 L
2. Thomas Jefferson #2 J
3. UC Davis M
4 California Western #2 B
5 California Western A
5 Santa Clara G
7. UC Berkeley K
7 Western State T
9 Golden Gate D
10 Golden Gate #2  E

2012 Student Negotiations Competition

  • First Place: UC Davis School of Law (R) - Miles Hogan & Drew Saruwatari
  • Second Place: Western State University College of Law (B) - Christina Wickers & Elmira Danielyan
  • Third Place: UC Hastings College of the Law (S) - Kathryn Miller & Melanie Desbiens-Sugarbroad

2011 Student Negotiations Competition

The 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition was held on March 18, 2011 at Golden Gate University, San Francisco! Photos of the competition can be found on the Sections & CYLA Facebook page.

  • First Place: Pepperdine University School of Law (F) – Arday Pirnia & Kaden Norton
  • Second Place: University of San Francisco School of Law (BB) – Sam Ghadiri & Kendrick Li
  • Third Place: California Western School of Law (A) – Anna Burnett & Brian Horan
  • Fourth Place: Southwestern Law School (H) - Brent Tilley & Steven Diaz
  • Fifth Place: UCLA School of Law (M)
  • Sixth Place: University of San Francisco School of Law (N)
  • Seventh Place (tied): UC Hastings College of the Law (P)
    Seventh Place (tied): UCLA School of Law (AA)
  • Ninth Place (tied): Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law (D)
    Ninth Place (tied): UC Berkeley School of Law (J)
    Ninth Place (tied): UC Davis School of Law (K)
    Ninth Place (tied): Southwestern Law School (S) 

2010 Student Negotiations Competition

  • First Place - U.C. Berkeley: Jeslyn Miller and Matthew Warren
  • Second Place - U C Hastings College of the Law: Sean Gentry and Samir Abdelnour
  • Third Place - California Western School of Law: Diana Bradasch and Ryan Scarpa
  • Fourth Place - University of San Francisco School of Law: Ben Anderson and Kendrick Li
  • Fifth Place - Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Sixth Place - Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Seventh Place - Empire College School of Law
  • Eighth Place - Southwestern Law School
  • Ninth Place - Chapman University School of Law
  • Tenth Place - Golden Gate University School of Law

2009 Student Negotiations Competition

2009 Student Negotiations

The 10th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition

Top Team: University of San Francisco - Team A
2. University of San Diego - Team E
3. Chapman University - Team D
4. University of San Francisco - Team B
5. UC Berkeley - Team J
6. UC Hastings - Team I
7. UC Los Angeles - Team N
8. Empire College School of Law - Team S
9. Pepperdine - Team M
Golden Gate University (tie for 9th) - Team T

2008 Student Negotiations Competition

Chapman Team: Katie Henggeler and Alexandra Hanson with their Coach
Chapman Team

Golden Gate University Team: Eric Hoffman and Phillip Batchelder
Golden Gate Team

Pepperdine Team: Judd O'Brien and Marcia Wallis
Pepperdine Team

Top Team: Chapman University School of Law - Team H

Katie Henggeler and Alexandra Hanson
[pictured top left with their coach]

2. Golden Gate University - Team P

Eric Hoffman and Phillip Batchelder
[pictured left center]

3.  Pepperdine University - Team V

Robert "Judd" O'Brien and Marcia Wallis
[pictured left bottom]

4. Thomas Jefferson School of Law - Team J

Eric Rollason and Natasha Cluff
[pictured right top]

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Team: Eric Rollason and Natasha Cluff
Thomas Jefferson
Team

Judges at work...

Competition Judges at Work

Competition Judges at Work

Competition Judges at Work

2007 Student Negotiations Competition


 
The Winning Teams
 
Judges and Chair
 
Students Perparing

Top ten schools in 2007 Competition:

1. M - Chapman

2. K - USF

3. L - USF

4. C - McGeorge

5. Q - Hastings

6. P - Boalt

7. R - Hastings

8. B - McGeorge

9. J - GGU

10. A - UC Davis

2006 Student Negotiations Competition

March 10, 2006
UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles

 

Top 10 Schools in 2006 Competition

  1. V - Thomas Jefferson
  2. R - Golden Gate
  3. E - Univ of San Francisco
  4. G - Chapman
  5. U - Davis
  6. H - Chapman
  7. A - Hastings
  8. B - Hastings
  9. F - Univ of San Francisco
  10. L - UC Berkeley

Student Negotiations Competition

First Place Winners
2006 First Place Winners:
Steve Howland and
Eric Overholt

2006 2nd Place Team

2006 Second Place Winners:
Cember Picconi and
Nathan Whittington

2005 Student Negotiations Competition

April 1, 2005
Golden Gate University, San Francisco

2005 Competition Committee
2005 Student Negotiations Competition Committee: Margarita Padilla, Sean Hecht, Ken Alex (seated), Stephen Miles and Danielle Fugere
Brett Morris with students
2004-2005 Executive Chair Brett Morris (right) with students

Margarita Padilla
Committee member Margarita Padilla and her son Gabriel, who assisted with the Competition

2005 Student Envrionmental Negotiations CompetitionThe competition offered a first prize of $1000 and a second prize of $500. The final four teams in the 2005 Competition were:

2005 Winning Team Robert Fletcher & Phillip Krayna
2005 Winning Team: Robert Fletcher & Phillip Krayna from Golden Gate University

2005 2nd Place Team (tie) Tiffany Noelle & Kevin Muldoon
2005 2nd Place Team (tie): Tiffany Noelle & Kevin Muldoon from Chapman University School of Law

 

2005 2nd Place (tie) Team Ron Bertolina & James Heffner
2005 2nd Place Team (tie): Ron Bertolina & James Heffner from University of San Francisco

2005 Runner Up Team Todd Ausherman & Jeff Lang
2005 Runner-Up Team: Todd Ausherman & Jeff Lang from the University of San Diego

2004 Student Negotiations Competition2004 Student Environmental Negotiations Competition

March 26, 2004
Golden Gate University, San Francisco

Student Negotiations CompetitionThis fact pattern concerned a conflict between community residents and a long-standing quarry operation. The residents believed that the quarry had increased operations, created a public nuisance, and was in violation of the zoning laws and a reclamation plan that was in place. The quarry owner contended that the quarry benefitted the community through tax revenues, providing building materials, and maintaining the roads in the area.

 

2004 Competition Winners
2004 Competition Winners
2004 Competition Winning Teams
2004 Competition Winning Teams

2003 Student Environmental Negotiations Competition

April 11, 2003
Golden Gate University, San Francisco

The fact pattern concerned solid waste landfill. Below are the 2003 Competition Rules, Statement of Fact and Accompanying Maps. In addition, confidential negotiating instructions were mailed to individual teams.

2002 Environmental Negotiations Competition

The fact pattern concerns a family-run dairy in a county that is being slowly transformed from a primarily agricultural region to an urban area. Issues include waste water, runoff, wastewater treatment lagoons, water supply, biological resources, solid wastes, air impacts, worker health and safety and cumulative impacts.

There are two rounds of negotiations - one between a country organization of Residents for Clean Air and with the owner of the dairy, and the second between the Residents for Clean Air and the county.

2001 Environmental Negotiations Competition

The fact pattern concerns a manufacturer of particle board. The manufacturing plant uses hundreds of thousands of tons of the saw mill byproducts annually, is an aging operation and only marginally profitable. The plant is located near a creek, and includes the “new shavings” building where sawdust and shavings are stored, and the manufacturing building to which the sawdust and shavings are transported using both trucks and a pneumatic piping system.

The D.A. has filed a massive 120 count criminal complaint against the company that owns the plant, alleging multiple days of violations of the Fish and Game Code and the Water Code.

The two preliminarly rounds are separate settlement discussions between the District Attorney and the Manufacturer, attempting to resolve issues concerning releases of sawdust from the site along with future enforcement criteria. For the final round, the same parties negotiate about a new set of issues, based on the same factual situation underlying the morning negotiations.

2000 Environmental Negotiations Competition

The fact pattern concerns a 100-year-old marin loading facility and tank farm run by an oil company in a small coastal town. The Environmental Department has discovered oil contamination under the beach area and a portion of the town. It also found petroleum hydrocarbons in the groundwater. Though the oil company (under a series of administrative orders issued by the Environment Department) has been addressing these issues for a decade, the town residents have ground increasingly impatient, vocal, and angry about the contamination, the speed of the cleanup, the disruption of the town's life, the loss of tourism, and the fear that wholesale excavation of the town could destroy it's eclectic, sleepy qualities.

Both the state environmental agency and environmental groups have filed suit against the oil company, demanding cleanup, damages, penalties, costs, and attorney fees under state and federal law. There are two rounds of negotiations, the first between the state environmental agency and the oil company, and the second between environmental groups and the oil company.