10.03.12 — Northeastern law students swept the first place awards in all four individual and team categories at the Northeast Regional Mediation Tournament held at Northeastern University School of Law on September 29-30, 2012. Northeastern entered two teams in the competition and every student on both teams garnered both team and individual awards.

In the team awards, the Northeastern team comprised of John Naranja, Van Imm and Deirdre Foley won first place in both team categories: Best Mediator Team and Best Advocate/Client Team. The second NUSL team, consisting of Frank Mulé, Julie Butner and Brooke Dawson, won third place in the Advocate/Client Team category.

In the individual awards, John Naranja won first place as the best mediator of the tournament and Frank Mulé and Julie Butner won first place as the best Advocate/Client pair in the tournament. Additionally, Van Imm won third place in the individual mediator category and Julie Butner placed ninth. John Naranja and Deirdre Foley placed third in the Attorney/Client category, while Van Imm and Deirdre Foley placed fifth, Brooke Dawson and Frank Mulé placed eighth, and Brook Dawson and Julie Butner placed ninth. 

Hosted by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution and Northeastern University School of Law, the primary focus of this event was to provide mediation training and education to undergraduate and graduate students from schools throughout the Northeast. The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution was founded in 2002 to further the awareness of mediation as a means of establishing peaceful resolution. Its mission is to encourage society to resolve differences and disputes in a more sensitive and compassionate manner; and to promote peace and civility in human behavior. Boston-area mediators served as judges for the tournament.

"This was an amazing performance that does NUSL proud," said Professor Susan Sloane, coach of the mediation team.