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Conflict Management in Higher Ed Report
Volume 3, Number 3, May 2003

National Intercollegiate
Mediation Tournament

For the academic year 2003-2004, the National Championship Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament will be held at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL on November 7-8, 2003. In addition, invitational mock mediation tournaments will be held at University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Wisconsin on September 26-27, 2003 and at Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia on October 10-11, 2003. For more information, on the University of Wisconsin tournament, contact John Rink at or (608) 342-1795, or UW-Platteville Social Science Department, 1 University Plaza,
Platteville, WI 53818. For information on the Brenau University tournament, contact Kenneth K. Frank at or (770) 534-6297, or Conflict Resolution & Legal Studies Program, Brenau University, One Centennial Circle, Box 18, Gainesville, GA 30501.

For those professors and students interested in gaining a working understanding of mediation, they need only let their interests be known. In addition to the American Mock Trial Association (, the International Academy of Dispute Resolution is prepared to assist a college or university in establishing a mediation program where an interested student or professor is affiliated. To learn what it is like to initiate and coach a mock mediation team, you may contact me at the addresses and phone listed above. It is my belief that participation in these mediation tournaments can truly be a "peak experience" for college and university students, and encourage the use of conflict resolution in their lives.

*Much of the historical and descriptive information of the tournament was provided by Mr. Richard M. Calkins, former Dean of the Drake University Law School, and President of the American Mock Trial Association and Dean of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys.

Kenneth K. Frank, J.D., is a Professor of Humanities at Brenau University and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies Program. He is also the current Chair of the National Intercollegiate Mock Mediation Tournament Board and coach of a past national champion intercollegiate mediation team.

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