ABA Negotiations Competition

Adjunct Professor Klaus Sitte

ABA Negotiation Competition

Teams from The University of Montana School of Law have competed in the American Bar Association-sponsored Negotiation Competition for more than 25 years. During that time, UMLS teams have advanced to the final round of regional competition 16 times. Five teams have participated in national competitions and one at international competition. The 1997 Team ranked third in the nation and the 2002 Team was second nationally.

Negotiation Competition encourages interest-based negotiation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. Team members are selected annually during an intraschool competitive process in the fall of each academic year. Qualifying team members practice dozens of simulated scenarios in preparation for northwest regional competition in early November. Top-ranked teams advance to national competition held in conjunction with ABA Mid-Winter Meeting in February.

Several weeks before competition, teams are provided with a set of general facts and another set of confidential facts pertaining only to their client. Regional Competition "rounds" consist of two teams from different Law Schools negotiating on behalf of a client before a judging panel of three attorneys. 

Learning negotiation skills is the prime objective of the UMLS Negotiation Team. A "learn by doing" approach is conducted in a supportive atmosphere with abundant opportunity to gain negotiation experience and learn new concepts.  During practice sessions, team members acquire negotiation skills in planning, flexibility, teamwork, and self-analysis.

Team Members must also be members of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association to be eligible to compete.  UMLS students may receive academic credit for participation on the Negotiation Team.

2012 Negotiation Team

2012 Negotiation Team

UM Negotiation Team Competes In Final Round In Oregon

School of Law team advanced to the final round during the American Bar Association-sponsored Law School Regional Negotiation Competition on Nov. 3-4 in Eugene, Ore. University of Oregon School of Law hosted the region-10 event, which included law students from schools throughout the Northwest and western Canada. Three California schools also competed this year. After earning the best score in the opening sessions, UM team members Covey Morris, a third-year law student from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Clare Hansen, a two-year law student from Tofte, Minn., advanced to a final-round appearance on Sunday.  (read more...)

UM School of Law negotiation competition team members (left to right): Elizabeth Musick, Klaus Sitte, Samir Aarab, Covey Morris, Clare Hansen, Christine Brauer and Paul Adam.

All three 2007 Negotiation Teams advance to final round of Regional Competition; one team competes at national level. Read the full story.

2007 Region 10 Champions

2007 Region 10 Champions
Thad Seegmiller, Nicole Baratta, and Coach Klaus Sitte






In 2006, the team of Stephen Adamson and Tara Keller won the Regional Competition. Read the full story.

2002 Negotiations TeamThe 2002 Team won the Regional Competition and placed second in the nation.

The 1998 Team placed third in the nation.