The University of Ottawa/Dentons LLP Negotiation Team competed at the First Annual Canadian National Negotiation Competition (CNNC), which was held in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba on March 3-4, 2017.
The weekend could not have been more successful. In their preliminary rounds, team members Emily Kostandoff and Raya Sidhu competed against other law faculties from across Canada and came away with a perfect record. As a result, the team was matched up against Osgoode Hall in the finals, where they performed in front of a full classroom of family, lawyers and law students from around the country. Following a close round, they were announced as champions by a panel of three judges consisting of senior lawyers from the Winnipeg area.
In addition to having Dentons Ottawa Corporate Associate Sean Del Giallo coach the team, Dentons Ottawa also sponsored the team to compete as part of its ongoing commitment to legal education, and to providing students with opportunities for training and mentorship outside the academy.
The CNNC simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition. The win will see Emily and Raya advance to the 2017 International Negotiation Competition, co-hosted by the Norwegian Association of Lawyers, in Oslo this June.
Congratulations to Emily and Raya! We wish them the all the best representing Canada as they take on the world in the final round!