A team of St. Mary’s University School of Law students brought home the bronze from the prestigious Warsaw Negotiation Round 2011, which was held recently in Warsaw, Poland. St. Mary’s, the only U.S. law school invited to the competition, also won first place in the Mediation round.

St. Mary’s reputation in the advocacy world coupled with the impressive resumes of law students Tristan Dau, Joseph Haeggquist and Trevor Hall earned the team one of the coveted 12 competition berths. Teams from top business and law schools around the world, including schools from China, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Belgium and Poland, participated in the two-day contest last month. Last year, Columbia Law School was the only U.S. school.

“We are officially the third-ranked negotiation and debate team in the world,” said team coach Allen Craddock (J.D. ’97), St. Mary’s School of Law adjunct professor. “It was more than just a competition; it was an incredible learning experience. I can’t wait to share the experience with the negotiation class next semester.”

Finishing third in the Warsaw Negotiation Round tops off another banner year for the St. Mary’s Advocacy Program. This year’s highlights include winning the national title at the Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition at Emory University (claiming both Best Brief Writer and Best Advocate awards) and St. Mary’s Black Law Student Association mock trial team finishing second at the national championship of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

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