USD School of Business Mediation Team advanced to Semi Finals at the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

From left to right: Meghann Sweeney, Executive Director of INADR, Callie Sharp (student), Austin April (student team leader), Rick Custin (coach), Richard M. Calkins, founder and former President of I
begin quoteThe USD Team advanced to the semi-final round and Tiara Avaness earned an individual top mediator award after she co-mediated a number of mock cases clearly demonstrating to the judges her skill as a mediator.

The USD School of Business Mediation Team competed in the 18th Annual International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament in Gainesville, Georgia on November 9-11, 2017.  The competition was sponsored by Brenau University and the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR).  Austin April (Team Leader), Tiara Avaness, Callie Sharp and Andrew Brooksbank were coached by Rick Custin, Clinical Professor of Business Law & Ethics. The USD Team advanced to the semi-final round and Tiara Avaness earned an individual top mediator award after she co-mediated a number of mock cases clearly demonstrating to the judges her skill as a mediator. Tiara was placed 5th in a field of nearly 100 mediators from 15 colleges and universities.

Professor Rick Custin earned the 2017 annual Fred Lane Outstanding Mediation Coach of the Year Award by the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution for the superb performance of the University of San Diego mediation teams and for his leadership as a mediation educator.  The Award was co-presented by Professor Ken Frank, the director of Brenau University's Conflict Resolution & Legal Studies program in Gainesville, Georgia and Richard M. Calkins, founder and former President of INADR.  Professor Frank commented during the award that Professor Custin was a prolific writer and is an accomplished peacemaker, leader and an outstanding mediation coach.  This annual award is given to a mediation coach consistently exhibiting the qualities of a peacemaker: cooperation, understanding and creativity.

The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution was founded in 2002 to further the awareness of mediation as a means of establishing peaceful resolution. Its mission is to encourage society to resolve differences and disputes in a more sensitive and compassionate manner; and to promote peace and civility in human behavior. The focus of the Academy has been in education at the undergraduate, graduate, law school, and professional levels. To this end it offers mediation courses at all levels as well
as certifying professionals.

Contact:

Renata Ramirez
renataramirez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4658