In-House Competitions:

The ADR Board administers the following ABA Law Student Division competitions in Negotiation, Client Counseling, and Representation in Mediation by organizing in-house competitions in the fall and spring of each academic year. The competitions provide simulation which allows students to conduct mock client interviews; as well as learning to represent clients and solve disputes through negotiation or mediation. In addition to this experience, students receive valuable feedback from local practitioners, acting as judges of the competition, which allows them to further develop their skills.

As noted in the Seattle University School of Law Student Handbook, 1L's are only permitted to compete in one in-house competition per year. Accordingly, 1L's must choose only one competition from amongst the three ADR hosted competitions and the Moot Court Board's 1L Administrative Law Mock Trial.

Regional Competitions

The first and second place teams of the in-house competitions qualify to represent Seattle University in the ABA Regional competitions. The competitors work with Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and a faculty coach to prepare to compete in these regional competitions. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board also works to prepare the team for the national competition, should they advance. Participants who participate in the training for an ABA Regional competition may qualify to earn one (1) hour of ungraded academic credit upon certification by the faculty advisor that the participant has satisfactorily performed the duties of team membership.

Judging Competitions: Attorneys and Certified Mediators Wanted

The competitions held at Seattle University depend on the active participation of attorneys and certified mediators in the Puget Sound community. Without community volunteers our competitions would not be a success. Volunteers not only judge the competitions, but also give feedback to competitors and help the competitors learn and sharpen their skills. Mediators are especially important during the spring Mediation Competition, where the certified mediator will act as the mediator between two competing teams.

Competitions are typically held on a Friday evening and last 3 to 4 hours, during which judges have the opportunity to observe and critique Dispute Resolution competitors. Judges are provided all necessary information and the materials provided to the competitors prior to the start of the competition. No particularized knowledge on a specific area of law is required to participate as a judge. Judges typically serve on a three-person panel, providing an opportunity to interact with peers from the legal community.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Board also works with the Washington State Bar Association to provide CLE credit for volunteers. One hour of CLE credit is typically earned during a competition, depending on the length of competition and the availability of the attorney during the competition.

For additional information or if you are interested in volunteering your time please contact the Dispute Resolution Board either by phone 206-398-4166, or by email

Contact us

The Dispute Resolution Board welcomes comments, questions, concerns, and feedback. Please don't hesitate to contact us by any of the following means.

Dispute Resolution Board
901 12th Avenue
Sullivan Hall 108
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Haley Westman