UD Mediation Team Performs Well at Mediation Tournament

Nov 27, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque Mediation Team performed well at the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held Nov. 15-17 at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

This year, UD sent two teams to the tournament. The first team was Marissa Joers, a senior with a double major in business administration and English from Racine, Wisconsin; Jade Romagna, a senior criminal justice major from Dubuque; and Noah Hoskins, a senior philosophy major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The second team was Joseph Furnstahl, a senior with a double major in criminal justice and sociology major from Eagan, Minnesota; Michael Dunham, a sophomore with a double major in business and sport marketing and management from the Village Lakewood, Illinois; and Hailey Wills, a sophomore with a double major in criminal justice and philosophy from Galena, Illinois. Elizabeth Tully, a senior with a double major in communication and sociology from Dubuque, competed on a bye team with students from Drake.

The team of Joers, Romagna, and Hoskins placed 10th in the Team Advocate/Client category. Romagna placed third as an Individual Mediator, earning All-American status. Furnstahl and Dunham were named champions of the Individual Advocate/Client category, earning first place and All-American status.

“The University of Dubuque has a rich history of placing highly in mediation tournaments. Ever since the inception of this program at UD, Spartans have placed in the Top 10 individually, earning them All-American status. This year was no different,” Joers said.

The tournament, sponsored by the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, is held every November to give undergraduate students real-life experience mediators, attorneys, and clients. Three students make up a team, and each student must participate as mediator in one of the three preliminary rounds. Students work towards finding a peaceful and advantageous resolution for both parties at the table.