For the fifth time in six years, the Lewis University Mediation team performed exceptional at the national championship competition. Sophomore Bridgette Ferreira of LeLand is on the team.
The team of Matt Vasquez, Shannon Lukowski and Ashley Patek finished third and the team of Jake Garringer, Lexi Austring and Olivia Estrada finished fourth.
Ferreira, a Paralegal Studies student, took fifth place in Advocacy and earned earned All-American honors.
Coaches Angela Henderson, Joseph Volin, and Dr. James Houlihan were awarded All-American too.
The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution awarded Dr. James Houlihan as Coach of the Year for the performance of the Lewis teams and quality of the students both in the competition matches and in general. In the past five years, Lewis has competed in the England and Scotland Law School tournament and came into this year’s competition ranked eighth in Advocacy and 10th in Mediation nationally.
InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution hosted the competition at Drake Law School in Des Moines and invited international teams for the first time. More than 40 teams competed. International participants were from Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Dubai and British Colombia.