South Texas College of Law wins 20th National ADR Championship and 1st virtual title

South Texas College of Law in Houston is celebrating yet another moot court victory. Nicholas Ocampo and Elizabeth Nevle recently won first place at the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition.   

This latest championship title is the school’s 20th national or international alternative dispute resolution (ADR) championship win in nine years. This one was its first virtual title.

“It is such an honor to have won this national championship for the school,” Nevle said. “This win was a team effort, and it would not have been possible without our teammates, Johnathan Trimble and Professor [Debra] Berman.”

The STCL Houston team was coached by alumnus Johnathan Trimble '17, program coordinator for STCL Houston’s Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution.

“Elizabeth and Nicholas did an excellent job in their preparation for this competition,” Trimble said. “It was the program’s first-ever attempt at a virtual competition, so we were all learning how to navigate in that space together. Their effort and prep has given us a repeatable blueprint moving forward.”

Throughout the two-day event, law students competed as advocates in sports law-related issues.  This year, students disputed timely competition problems including a renegotiation of the current NBA regular season and playoff structure, and a negotiation centered around allowing NCAA athletes to earn money from their own names and likenesses, STCL Houston said. 

“It was such an awesome experience working with Elizabeth and Johnathan,” Ocampo said. “Arguing about sports is something I do daily with my friends, so it was pretty satisfying to win an award for it while representing South Texas College of Law Houston on this team.”

Nevle and Ocampo went head-to-head with students from UC California Berkeley School of Law and the University of Texas School of Law in the preliminary rounds, and then outscored Berkeley Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and Southwestern Law School in the final round.

STCL Houston’s ADR teams regularly compete in up to nine events each year — more than any other law school in Texas. The law school was ranked a “Top Law School for ADR” in 2019 by preLaw Magazine.

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