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Larry W. Bridgesmith Leads Vanderbilt Law Students to International Victory

Scott Friedman and Alex McVeagh, both members of the Vanderbilt Law School Class of 2013, competed in the 8th Annual International Mediation Competition held by the International Chamber of Commerce February 8-13, 2013, in Paris, France. The team, coached by Bone McAllester Norton Larry W. Bridgesmith, placed fourth from among 65 teams from 31 nations and received the award for “Best Public Speakers.”

This marked the first time Vanderbilt’s law program entered the competition. Friedman and McVeagh were required to assume the roles of client and attorney engaged in commercial mediation. Vanderbilt was one of 11 U.S. law schools and one of four to advance past the preliminary rounds. Other U.S. schools included Cornell Law School, Cardozo Law School and St. John’s School of Law.

“Most teams consisted of four members rather than only two because of the time required to prepare for as many as two mediations per day, and most teams were accompanied by coaches who assisted with their preparation and written work," Bridgesmith said. “Alex and Scott performed exceptionally well.”

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