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Texas Tech University School of Law’s Taylor Calvert won the 2019 ABA Law Student Division National Negotiation Competition on Saturday, Feb. 9 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year’s topic was employment law.

The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

As ABA champion, Taylor is automatically invited to the 2019 International Negotiation Competition in Tokyo this July. For winning, Taylor received a three-month Quimbee gold subscription and a six-month subscription to West Academic‘s Study Aids Digital Collection.

The ABA would like to thank our regional host schools:

  • Elon University School of Law
  • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • New York Law School
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Alexander Blewett III School of Law – University of Montana

National Champion

Texas Tech University School of Law
Taylor Calvert

National Second Place

Fordham University School of Law
Maria Lathouris and Sydney Rosenblum


Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
Haley Ford and Thomas Sean McQuillan

University of Houston Law Center
Patrick Gant and James Dorough-Lewis, Jr.


George Washington University Law School
Janika Jordan and Emily Rabun

John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
Jacinta Reck and Madison Cogan

Liberty University School of Law
Sarah Green and Nicholas Andrews

University of California Berkeley School of Law
Erin Delaney and Blair Kittle

Regional Champions and Finalists

Albany Law School
Elizabeth Doerr and Charlene Joseph

Boston University School of Law
Maris Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker

Georgetown University Law Center
Gary DePalo and Shelby Martin

Louisiana State University – Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Matthew Braquet and Kelsey McGill

SMU – Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law
James Ewing and Rocio Dongo

South Texas College of Law Houston
Kimberly Fojtik and Ashley Olivas

Southwestern Law School
Jordan Bass and Allyn Davidson

Southwestern Law School
Shaughnessy Flint and Vanessa Barnett

University of California Hastings College of the Law
Rachel Lydon and Kya Colletta

University of Connecticut School of Law
Emily Nastri and Taylor DiChello

University of Illinois College of Law
Christopher Wittels and Krista Evensen

University of North Carolina School of Law
Rana Odeh and Jasmine Plott

University of Wyoming College of Law
Jason Matzen and Nicklaus Dillinger