Winners of 2010 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations Competition Announced

Lexington, VA Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The 2010 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law came to a close Friday evening, Oct. 1, with the team Nick Brooks and Todd Levy taking top honors. Placing second was the team of Jennifer Smyrnos and Heather Briggs. Also competing in the finals were the teams of Christen Ansuini and Michael Hartley, and Chris Miller and Marcena Winterscheidt. All competitors in the finals are members of the Law Class of 2012.

The Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division, helps students develop practical legal skills and emphasizes teamwork and the ability to resolve disputes in a negotiation setting. During the competition, teams of students acting as lawyers for opposing parties receive confidential information about how they can best represent their clients' interests. The teams work together in a limited time frame to find a compromise that is acceptable to both of their clients.

The problem for this year's finals involved a contract dispute between a video game company and a famous mixed martial arts fighter. The company produced a video game using the fighter's likeness and fighting moves, but the game received poor reviews and sold only 300,000 copies worldwide. The fighter claimed that the video game portrayed him in a false light, resulting in injury to his reputation among fight fans.

Nick Brooks, left, and Todd Levy earned top honors at the 2010 Robert J. Grey Jr. Negotiations competition at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

The final round of the competition was judged by Mr. Stephen McElroy, W&L Law Class of '97. A Negotiations Competition finalist himself during his time at W&L, McElroy is now a lead negotiator for IBM.  The administrators for this year's competition were third-year students Chas Holder, Whitney Lomax, and Stacey Valentine.

The Moot Court Board named the competition in honor of Robert J. Grey '76L, past president of the American Bar Association and a member of the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees, because of his extensive experience in dispute resolution. A partner in the Richmond, Va., office of Hunton & Williams, Grey's practice has focused on administrative matters before state and federal agencies, mediation and dispute resolution, and legislative representation of clients.

The Moot Court Executive Board, chaired this year by Jessica Guzick '11L, administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Davis Moot Court Competition, Mock Trial, and Client Counseling. For more information about the Moot Court Board and upcoming competitions, please visit

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