On November 7-8, 2014, four students from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law participated in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Seattle, Washington. The students competed in two teams, consisting of: Brett Hastings and Jason Dutson; and Kayla Quam and Nicholas Hughes. The Utah teams performed extraordinarily well, placing fourth and eighth overall, respectively, out of 26 total teams participating in the competition. Brett, Jason, Kayla and Nick represented the College of Law very well, winning each of the two rounds of competition they participated in. In both rounds, the teams from S.J. Quinney negotiated a significantly more favorable outcome for their clients than did their opponents.
According to team coach Jess Kranich, Participants in the Negotiation Team are selected in a competitive process, based primarily on their success in the Lawyering Skills and/or Advanced Negotiation courses. The team members received advanced instruction in negotiation through a combination of lectures, discussions and simulated exercises. They then spend the last third of the semester directly preparing for the problems they will negotiate at the regional competition.
“This year’s participants were a remarkable group, all with a broad, balanced and highly developed set of negotiation skills,” Krannich said. “I am incredibly proud of these students, who worked tirelessly throughout the semester to prepare and came through with an exceptional, professional performance at the competition. Our students received lofty praise from the judges at the competition, ranging from judges commenting on how realistic our students’ negotiations were to judges pulling team members aside in the hallways to comment on their bright futures. The College of Law is fortunate to have such ambitious, intelligent, hard-working students, and the Utah Bar will be enriched by their commencement of the practice of law following graduation.”