OU Law Holds BOA Negotiation Competition

October 16, 2015 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications

This week, 121 OU Law students participated in the Board of Advocates Negotiation Competition. The group of students included 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and those pursuing the LLM. Competitors were given short fact patterns with general information known to both parties and confidential facts known only to their clients. 

This year’s winners are Douglas Brooking and Paige Green (both 1Ls). A complete list of the final round participants is below. 
“Once again, this was an exciting and successful BOA Negotiation Competition,” said Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Competitions and Externships, Connie Smothermon. “Our students thrive in competitions and this all-school setting allows them to push and challenge each other as they learn through experience.” 

Final Round Participants:

1st Place:     Douglas Brooking
                     Paige Green

2nd Place:    Blake Jackson
                     Austin Vance

                     Jonathan Herrera
                     Jacob Laughlin

3rd Place:     Jake Ingle
                     Robin Kirk

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