Hamline law students Mike Cavallaro and Sarah Belz emerged as finalists this month at the prestigious International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Representation Competition in Paris. As competition finalists, they were both awarded coveted internships this summer. Sarah will be interning at the ICC in Paris; Mike at the international law firm Clifford Chance. They were coached by Hamline adjunct faculty member Jessica Kuchta-Miller, who accompanied them to the competition in Paris.
"This is an incredibly tough competition judged by the best lawyers and mediators in the world. I know Mike and Sarah were honored to have been selected as one of only eight American teams invited to participate in this prestigious competition," said Professor James Coben, director of Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute. "So emerging as one of the two best teams in the entire international competition is an impressive accomplishment. We are extremely proud of them."
With a view towards training lawyers to better meet the dispute resolution needs of today's cross-cultural market, the competition gives students an opportunity to test their problem-solving skills in a moot international mediation. More than 85 legal experts with a diverse range of expertise participate as volunteer mediators and judges. The competition final was filmed and will be used as a training DVD and distributed to law schools throughout the world. It will be available online at: http://www.iccwbo.org/court/adr/id20734/index.html