The BGSU Mediation Team (left to right) Alyssa Reinhardt, Andrew Reynolds, Phil Rich, Neil Browne, Linda Li, Hannah Tschappat and Liam Garrett. Not pictured: Will Robinson, Amanda Fairbairn and Aaron Moots
BGSU SHINES AT INTERCOLLEGIATE MEDIATION TOURNAMENT
Building upon a track record of success over 12 years of mock trial competition, Bowling Green State University has become widely recognized for fielding the premier mediation team in the country in just three years.
Dr. Neil Browne, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Economics Emeritus, who holds both J.D. and Ph.D. degrees, has served as faculty adviser and coach with both BGSU teams and points to how the two competitions could not be more different in tone and the skill sets they are designed to sharpen. Yet, success in mock trial has laid a solid foundation for high performance in the gentler yet equally strategic arena of alternative dispute resolution.
“I believe one of the advantages we have is the mock trial background,” said Browne. “That certainly seems paradoxical, yet it makes sense when you look at the kind of preparation it took to do well against more than 650 intercollegiate mock trial teams.”
It started with one of the things BGSU does best as a public mid-major university — overcoming the odds in competition against schools like Miami that have a million-dollar mock trial endowment or a UCLA team that advertises for students with acting experience in television and movies.