Congratulations to the BLSA International Negotiation Competition team for winning 3rd place in the nation at last weekend’s competition in Washington, D.C. Team members are Valerie Fleurima and Nazareth Haysbert.
One exciting part of this competition is the time frame for preparation. While they were given some general information beforehand, the side they were representing and the secret facts for their side were not provided until a few hours before each round. Cheryl Wattley, the team, and I spent a few hectic hours researching each time the topic changed (about every two rounds over three days).
The team missed second place by one point, but we are very happy with the win in the “second runner up” round which placed them 3rd.
This was our first year to enter this competition, and I was impressed by the administration of the tournament and the fact patterns. FYI: The topics covered the debt crisis in Greece, the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon, and Brazilian mining in Mozambique.
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What led you to OU Law? I have wanted to go to law school since I was a teenager. I was active in speech contests and enjoyed making oral presentations. When I was in high school, I would go downtown and watch some of the trials at the courthouse, so, I got acquainted with the courtroom rather early. I obtained a Navy scholarship to go to OU. I was a regular Navy midshipman then I served three years in the far east before coming back to law school. I wanted to attend law school and came back to OU.
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What led you to OU Law? OU Law has been part of my family since the 1920s. My great uncle was Dr. Maurice Merrill, a 1922 graduate of OU Law who then earned a Doctorate in Law from Harvard University in 1925. Merrill taught at OU Law for 30 years, published numerous seminal works in oil and gas law, constitutional law, administrative law and the law of Notice. While still in his twenties, Merrill published the seminal treatise Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Law, which has been a cornerstone of my cases. In law school, I lived with Uncle Maurice and marveled at his longhand scrawl which was literally final copy in its first draft form. In my mind, he will always be ten times the lawyer that I ever became.