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November 3, 2008

Election Law Focus of Regional Arbitration Competitions

Nearly 200 students from the nation’s top law schools are registered to participate in the American Bar Association Law Student Division Regional Arbitration Competition. The annual competition is cosponsored by the National Arbitration Forum and will be held at four ABA-approved host schools, Nov. 7 - 16.

Host schools include DePaul University College of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and Texas Tech University School of Law. The Regional Arbitration Competitions involve a simulated arbitration hearing of an Election Campaign Staff Breach of Contract. The competition provides students with arbitration education and training, and promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy. The Arbitration Competition National Finals will take place Jan. 23 - 24, 2009 at St. Mary University School of Law in San Antonio.

43 teams, including 172 law students from 31 ABA-approved law schools, 162 National Arbitration Forum arbitrators and ABA members who will serve as volunteer judges for the competitions.

        Mississippi Regional

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Miss., two teams
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Ala.
  • George Washington University Law School, Washington
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, University, Miss.
  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Mo., two teams
  • University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law, Washington

        Texas Regional

  • Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, Fla., two teams
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, two teams
  • Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas, two teams
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, two teams
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas

        Kentucky Regional

  • Chapman University School of Law, Orange, Calif., two teams
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Ky., two teams
  • South Texas College of Law, Houston
  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Okla., two teams
  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, S.D.
  • William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Va.

        Illinois Regional

  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Neb.
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago
  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, two teams
  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, two teams
  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Mich.
  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, N.Y.
  • Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Fla., two teams
  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.


Mississippi Regional to take place Nov. 7 – 8 at Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Miss.

Texas Regional to take place Nov. 7 – 8 at Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas.

Kentucky Regional to take place Nov. 14 – 16 at Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Ky.

Illinois Regional to take place Nov.15 – 16 at DePaul University College of Law, Chicago

About the ABA Law Student Division
With more than 47,000 members, the ABA Law Student Division is the largest professional student organization in the United States. The division provides law students with opportunities for legal education, professional skills development and career counsel. Each year the division sponsors four competitions: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Negotiation Competition.

About the American Bar Association
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

About the National Arbitration Forum
The National Arbitration Forum (FORUM) is a world leader in dispute resolution. The FORUM provides fair, affordable, and accessible civil justice to all through the recruitment, selection, and management of a distinguished panel of over 1,600 former judges and seasoned lawyers. Expert FORUM arbitrators and mediators apply reasonable rules and substantive law to resolve disputes. Now optimized by Forthright, the FORUM is the faster, lower cost, and superior alternative to litigation that ensures parties receive the same outcomes they would in court.

More information about the Arbitration Competition can be found on the National Arbitration Forum Blog ( and the ABA Law Student Division webpage ( A picture of the 2007-2008 winning team can be found online (

Media Contacts
Christina Doucet                            Peggy Pissarreck
National Arbitration Forum           ABA Law Student Division
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