November 14, 2017
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific placed second in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, held Nov. 4-5 at UC Davis, and will go on to compete in the ABA Negotiation Competition Finals in February 2018.
The single McGeorge team — comprised of students Doug Leach and Leah Parrish — found out a week before the competition that they would be required to split into two solo teams to keep the numbers even.
At the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, both team members turned in excellent performances. On Saturday, Nov. 4, Doug placed first out of 20 teams to place McGeorge in the regional finals. On Sunday, Nov. 5, Doug and Leah teamed up to place second of the four teams in the regional finals, with University of Oregon declared the winner. As the top two teams in each region advance to the nationals, Oregon and McGeorge will compete in the ABA Negotiation Competition Finals on Feb. 2, 2018, in Chicago.
"I am so proud of McGeorge's performance in the regional competition. Doug and Leah showed they can excel individually, on very short notice, as well as work together with great success," said Claudia Wrazel, the McGeorge negotiation team coach.
McGeorge advanced to the nationals in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, and competed annually until 2006. The law school took a break from this competition until 2014, when members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Club worked with faculty to revive the team. The McGeorge team finished sixth in the regional competition last year.