Saturday November 28th, 2015 8:37PM

Brenau hosting National Mediation Tournament

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - Teams from California to Massachusetts have converged on the Brenau University campus for the 13th Annual National Intercollegiate Mock Mediation Tournament. It began Thursday and runs through Saturday.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein, Georgia Appeals Court Judge J.D. Smith, noted mediation author Richard Calkins and internationally known mediator Tom Valenti are scheduled to participate in various segments of the three-day program. Tournament officials were expecting more than 150 student mediators, faculty sponsors and professional judges to attend the competition.

Participating teams include Boston University, Brenau, Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.), Clayton State University (Morrow, Ga.), Culver-­Stockton College (Canton, Mo.), Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), University of Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa), Gainesville State College (Oakwood, Ga.), Georgia State University, (Atlanta), Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Ga.), Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.), Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa), Middle Georgia College (Cochran, Ga.), Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Principia College (Elsah, Ill.), University of San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, S.D.), the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, Texas), Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.), Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.), and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

This marks the first time the tournament has ventured away from Chicago or Des Moines, Iowa, where it began at Drake University in 1999.

"It is quite an honor for Brenau University to be the first host for the tournament outside the Midwest," said Ken Frank, a member of the INADR board who is also chair of the humanities department and the conflict resolution and legal studies program at Brenau. "This opened the door for participation for schools that have been unable to travel to Chicago or Des Moines for previous events. Hopefully, this tournament will generate more interest in one of the fastest-growing segments of the American judicial system."

Mediation is the increasingly popular and often court-mandated form of legal problem-solving in which a trained negotiator guides conflicting parties toward a mutually acceptable agreement
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Black Friday store sales fall as more Americans shift to online, smartphone shopping
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online.Sales at retail stores on Black Friday fell to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.6 billion in 2014...
6:13PM ( 2 hours ago )
In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries, face government sanctions
CHICAGO (AP) — The green-typeface slogan "WE'ED like to be your doctor!" —unmistakably weed-friendly — has attracted hundreds of medical marijuana patients in less than a year to Dr. Bodo Schneider's...
6:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
Grand jury indicts NE Ga. woman accused of stealing underwear
A grand jury in Marietta has indicted a northeast Georgia woman accused of stealing 131 underwear garments from a Wal-Mart store in Cobb County.
By The Associated Press
5:49PM ( 2 hours ago )
IRS phone scammers are making calls again in Hall Co.
Hall County authorities say there's been a resurgence of phone calls from scammers posing as IRS agents.
11:59AM ( 8 hours ago )
Molly the Firehouse Dog brings smiles to first responders, hospital patients
Molly is a well-known face around the Hall County Fire Department and Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where she serves to comfort others during times of stress.
10:26AM ( 10 hours ago )