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September 18, 2013

Fillmore Riley proudly sponsors 2013 Robson Hall Negotiation Competition.

Fillmore Riley LLP is proud to sponsor the Robson Hall Negotiation Competition for the fourth consecutive year.

“Being a strong negotiator is one of the hallmarks of a good lawyer,” said Kelly Beattie, a Partner at Fillmore Riley and the Chair of the Articling Student Recruitment Committee. “We are proud to sponsor an event that will help students to develop the skills they need to thrive as lawyers.”

The competition, to be held on the evening of September 19, 2013, gives first-year law students the opportunity to volunteer as timekeepers and videographers and gives the third-year students, who were selected from their year, the opportunity to compete in the Eight Annual Robson Hall Negotiation Competition.

In teams of two, the students meet with a team representing the other side of a dispute. Using confidential facts, which have been supplied this year by the American Bar Association, the students try to work out a resolution to the dispute which could otherwise lead to an adversarial court hearing.

All this takes place while the teams are under the ever-watchful eyes of lawyer-judges who are scoring each team’s negotiation skills and the videographer who is recording the entire meeting.

Fillmore Riley’s lawyers have volunteered their time as judges for the competition from its inception. This year Fillmore Riley’s Kelly Beattie, Beth Eva, Sven Hombach, Dana Nelko, Anita Southall and Norman Yusim will serve as judges.

“I have acted as a judge for the competition for years. As an experienced lawyer, I feel compelled to give back to the profession that has given me so much,” said Norman Yusim, a Partner at Fillmore Riley and the Chair of the Family Law Department. “It’s exciting to watch the students develop their skills as negotiators and I enjoy seeing their growth as they go through the process.”