February 16, 2018
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific won the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition 2018 Finals, held Feb. 2-3 in Chicago, IL. The National Champion team of Doug Leach '18 and Leah Parrish '18 was coached by Claudia Wrazel.
"Both Doug and Leah have a natural talent for negotiation, but what makes me so proud of them is that they don't skate on it. They work enormously hard and as a result have improved tremendously over the last year, " said Claudia Wrazel. "It was a joy to watch them in action."
As a result of this win, the McGeorge team will represent the U.S. in the 21st International Negotiation Competition which will take place June 26-30, 2018, at the University of Cardiff in Wales, UK.
At the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition held Nov. 4-5 at UC Davis, both team members turned in excellent performances. The McGeorge team found out a week before the regional competition that they would be required to split into two solo teams to keep the numbers even. 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. The top two teams in each region advanced to the nationals in Chicago.
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.
(Originally published Feb. 5, 2018)