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Student Negotiations Competition

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The 20th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition

The 20th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition took place March 8 at Golden Gate University

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Student Negotiations Competition!

1. Loyola Law School – Paige Samblanet & Ross Zelen
2. UCLA School of Law – Stephanie Oehler & Matthew Simmons
3. Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
4. Thomas Jefferson School of Law
5. Empire College of Law
6. UC Berkeley School of Law
7. Thomas Jefferson School of Law
8. UC Hastings School of Law
9. UC Berkeley School of Law
10. Lincoln Law School

The following is information related to the 2019 Competition

March 8, 2019; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019

One entry per law school. Check with your school’s academic dean about the selection process for your school. For more information, please contact the Environmental Law Section.

Flyer | Reg Form


Sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; Novak; The Sohagi Law Group


The competition is open to students in all California law schools who have completed their first year of law school. Each law school may enter one team and nominate one alternate team. Teams consist of two students from the same law school. For the year 2019 competition, the competition is limited to the number of teams for which space is available at the competition site. We anticipate that between 16 and 20 teams will be allowed to compete. If more schools register than there are spaces available, California Lawyers Association will select the entrants by lottery. If fewer schools enter, more than one team per school may participate. California Lawyers Association will select additional teams from the list of alternates by lottery. Check with your Law School Dean or faculty contact about the selection process for your school.


Each team will be e-mailed a copy of the Statement of Facts, the team’s Confidential Negotiating Instructions, and the Competition Rules on or about February 8, 2019. Each team will participate in two 60 minute preliminary rounds. After a lunch break, four teams will advance to the final round. The advancing teams will receive additional Confidential Instructions prior to the final round.


The winning team will receive a cash prize of $1,000; the second place team, $500. Both the first and second place teams will receive recognition in California Lawyers Association’s Environmental Law Section Newsletter. All students entered in the competition will receive one year’s complimentary membership in the Environmental Law Section. Any other student wishing to join the Section may request a complimentary membership by contacting the Environmental Law Section,

Registration Information

Each law school must pay a registration fee of $225. Your registration must be received no later than February 1, 2019. Register by e-mail to You may pay by credit card (Visa/ Mastercard ONLY) or by check. Credit card information is mandatory for email registration. Please do not mail your completed form. Click here for a registration form.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received (not postmarked) in writing no later than February 1, 2019. No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 1, 2019.


Students will be judged by a panel of environmental lawyers, judges and professional mediators. Scoring criteria include preparation, execution of strategy, teamwork, outcome, oral presentation, and ethics.

Training Materials

Participating students will be provided with a packet of training materials about environmental negotiations.


We recommend that teams work with faculty members at their schools who specialize in environmental law and/or alternative dispute resolution. Teams that would also like a volunteer attorney mentor should e-mail the Environmental Law Section, on or before February 1, 2019 requesting a mentor. The Environmental Law Section cannot promise that it will be able to assign volunteer mentors to each requesting team.

For More Information

This competition is sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of California Lawyers Association. For more information including the Competition Rules, visit the competition Website at, or contact Julia Byrd at

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