UD Mediation Team Nationally Ranked

Nov 19, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

From November 12 - 14, the University of Dubuque Mediation Team competed at the sixteenth annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament at Drake University School of Law (Des Moines, IA).  The event attracted schools from throughout the United States including: Boston University, Georgia Southern University, Oral Roberts University, Middle Tennessee State University, Lewis University, University of Texas - Dallas, and the University of San Diego. 


Each November the International Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an undergraduate competitive contest, the National Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament.  The intent of the tournament is to give students a real-life experience as a mediator, attorney, and client.  Three students make up a team, and each must participate as mediator in one of three preliminary rounds.  Students participating have the opportunity to receive All-American recognition.


The UD team of Kristen Field (senior, Fulton, IL, English and Secondary Education), Edward Pablo (junior, Yelm, WA, Business), Mario Otchere (senior, Rutland, MA, Flight Operations), and DeShaun Madkins (sophomore, Milwaukee, WI, Criminal Justice) placed 2nd in the nation in the team mediation category and 4th in the nation in the team advocate/client category.  The UD team of Marissa Joers (freshman, Racine, WI, Business and English), Amanda Downing (freshman, Freeport, IL, Psychology and Criminal Justice), and Carter Touchet (freshman, Appleton, WI, Communications) placed 2nd in the nation in the team advocate/client category.  Andrew Kendell (senior, Bellevue, IA, Chemistry and Business Marketing), Mackenzie Hadler (senior, Minneapolis, MN, Criminal Justice and Sociology) and Elle Lannon (senior, Hudson, WI, Criminal Justice) finished 6th in the nation in the team advocate/client category.  Kendell, Hadler, and Lannon also won the “Mediation Spirit Award” given to the team who best exemplifies the values of mediation.


In the individual advocate/client category, Joers and Downing earned 9th place.  In the individual mediation category, Field earned 15th place, Madkins earned 13th, Downing achieved 9th, and Lannon secured 8th place.  All of these students earned All-American recognition by finishing in the top 15 out of over 100 competitors.


Since its inception, the UD Mediation Team has placed in the top ten nationally every year they have competed. 


“Obviously, I’m very proud of our students and their accomplishments. The national tournament is a grueling two-day competition.  They were remarkably poised under very stressful conditions,” said Professor Ben Bartels, Mediation Team advisor.  “They are a special group of students.”