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Pepperdine Wins 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiation Competition

Pepperdine Law students Kaden Norton and Ardy Pirnia won the 12th Annual Student Environmental Negotiation Competition in San Francisco, California, March 19-20.

Teams from 28 law schools in California, including UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, participated in the competition. The competition problem involved the negotiation of the terms and environmental issues surrounding the construction of a desalination plant on the California coastline.  

The first two rounds were 60 minutes each, in which teams squared off in head-to-head negotiations. Each round was judged and scored by the judges. Following the first two rounds, 4 teams were selected to move on as finalists based on cumulative scores of the first two rounds. In the finals, Pepperdine negotiated against one team for 75 minutes, while the other two teams negotiated against each other. The performances were scored by the judges and then the final four teams were placed based on scores from the final round.

Coached by Professor Peter Wendel, the Pepperdine team defeated Southwestern in the final round. "Our success over the weekend was directly attributable to the integrative, collaborative approach we brought to negotiation table, an approach that stems from the 'getting to yes' attitude we are taught at the Straus Institute," says Pirnia.

Since 1972, Pepperdine's School of Law has had a developed advocacy program competing at the highest levels. This important, time honored law school tradition, allows students to hone advocacy and public speaking skills while participating in realistic appellate, trial, and dispute resolution proceedings.

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