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Students continue to thrive in negotiation

Photo:(l to r) Professor Michaela Keet (coach), Alex Steele and Jon Ozirny (third-year students), and Courtney MacQuarrie of FMC (coach) at the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition in Eugene, Oregon.

On Oct. 12th, the Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) Calgary office hosted the 12th Annual FMC University of Saskatchewan Negotiation Competition at the College of Law. With over 40 first, second and third-year students participating, the event was deemed a great success and went off without a hitch. “The event provides those of us who had the good fortune of attending law school in Saskatoon the chance to go back and reminisce,” says FMC associate, Courtney MacQuarrie.  She adds, “It additionally provides us with the opportunity to show off our school and to sneak a peek at some amazing grad portraits of our partners and associates”.

The top 3 teams at the competition were:

1st: Alex Steele and Jon Ozirny
2nd: Samer Awadh and Paul Olfert
3rd: Chris Mason and Drew Arruda

The first place team moved on to compete for the U of S at the Region 10 American Bar Association Negotiation Competition in Eugene, Oregon, on Nov. 3 and 4. Michaela Keet, professor at the College of Law, along with Courtney MacQuarrie, also attended, serving as coaches for the event where the U of S finished as the highest-ranking Canadian team. This achievement came only a few months after the 2011 team of Natasha Singh and Christine McCartney finished 3rd at the International Negotiation Competition held in Belfast, Ireland.

Keet says that the college's dispute resolution program benefits from the involvement of outside partners, like Fraser Milner Casgrain. "Great things can happen when you combine the energies of students, practitioners and faculty," says Keet.  "FMC's involvement at the local and regional levels stimulates the interest and excitement of our students, and the college's commitment to coaching and training ensures that our teams have the best support possible when they reach the national and international stage."  The partnership model has produced great success internally and externally, lending depth and prestige to the dispute resolution program.  Keet notes, "This is something to keep celebrating."