Osgoode wins INADR’s International Law School Mediation Tournament; Every team member comes home with hardware

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Mediation Tournament Winners

Pictured, from left, Stephen Littleford, Adam Voorberg, Lindsay Stitt, Aaron Pearce, Robel Sahlu, Karen Mann and coach Jean-Paul Bevilacqua

Osgoode’s team returned to Toronto from Athens, Greece with GOLD after an incredible performance in the INADR’s International Law School Mediation Tournament, winning the final round and the tournament as client-advocate. There were a total of 53 teams in the competition, which was held March 14 to 17 in Athens.

“It was an especially sweet victory for law students competing in a mediation competition and a true testament to their ability to act both as strong advocates for their clients while respecting and championing mediation as a viable tool for dispute resolution,” said coach Jean-Paul Bevilacqua, Adjunct Professor with Osgoode’s Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution.

The victory for Robel Sahlu, Lindsay Stitt and Adam Voorberg, combined with individual awards received from the first three rounds (5th place client-advocate for Aaron Pearce and Stephen Littleford and 10th place mediator for Karen Mann), means that every member of Osgoode’s  two teams came home with hardware.

“I am, as you can imagine, very happy for this incredibly deserving, hard-working and talented team,” Bevilacqua said. “They have done Osgoode proud.