Negotiations Team Finishes Second in the Nation

2016-17 Negotiations Team membersThe Alexander Blewett III School of Law ABA Negotiation Competition Team advanced to the final round of the American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition in Chicago, Illinois this past weekend.

Frans Andersson '17 and Kirsi Luther '19, faced Mitchell Hamline School of Law in the final round Saturday afternoon. To make the final round, the Luther/Andersson duo needed to compete well in three previous rounds over the two-day event. The University of Montana team finished in second place.

Twenty teams from throughout the country competed at the national competition held at the ABA headquarters in Chicago. Luther and Andersson faced three other teams to reach the final round.

"Advancing to that Final Round was exciting and exhausting. We really pushed ourselves in those prior rounds and needed even more energy to keep going," said Luther.

"We worked hard to get this far; that final round was an honor in itself," added Andersson.

The ABA-sponsored negotiation competition is designed to have competitors learn and employ interest-based negotiation principles, focusing on interests, not positions. The team now awaits an invitation to the International Negotiation Competition to be held in Oslo, Norway in July.

The team is coached by Klaus Sitte, adjunct faculty at the School of Law. Sitte has coached the UM Negotiation Team since 1990. The Andersson/Luther entry at national competition marks the team's fifth consecutive appearance.