Common Law continues its record of success in Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition Team

For the fourth consecutive year, our University of Ottawa teams brought home some of the top prizes from the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition. The competition was held on March 10, 2018 at the Law Society in Toronto. Common Law students Rachel Venturo, Sarvenaz Assadpour, Samah Rahman and Nelly Farid were coached by Professor Lynn Rockman and by Common Law 3L student Taryn Meyer.

Competing against students from across Ontario, Calgary and Saskatchewan, Common Law students Samah Rahman and Rachel Venturo won the second and third place prizes overall for Best Individual Student.

The University of Ottawa has achieved stellar success every year at the Walsh Negotiation Competition since its inception four years ago. Our school’s record of achievement now stands at:

  • Team champions and Best Individual Student champions two consecutive years (2015 and 2016); and
  • Best Individual Student second and third place two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). 

The students receive extensive training from Professor Lynn Rockman, lawyers from BLG including Katherine Cooligan (Regional Managing Partner, BLG) and other members of the bar to assist in the students’ training and enhance their skill development.


2018 Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition Team

Taryn Meyer (3L), Rachel Venturo (3L), Samah Rahman (2L), Nelly Farid (2L), Sarvenaz Assadpour (3L).


Selection of Walsh Negotiation Competition Team – BLG Negotiation Competition

To select the members of the uOttawa Walsh Negotiation Competition team, Professor Rockman has organized a one-day local negotiation competition event in the fall term. Professor Rockman designed this event so that it would also provide upper-year students with an opportunity to receive feedback from, and network with, members of the bench and bar in a negotiation setting. This event has been generously sponsored by BLG since 2016, and since then has been known as the “BLG Negotiation Competition in Family Law”.

The BLG Negotiation Competition takes places at the BLG offices in Ottawa. Each year, 30-50 upper year students compete in the BLG Negotiation Competition. Members of the civil litigation and family law bars act as judges. Common Law alumni from prior Walsh Negotiation competitive teams return to volunteer at the BLG event. This year’s successful Walsh negotiation team has already volunteered for next year! 

The Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition is a part of the Faculty’s ever-growing programs in Family Law. In addition to the Introduction to Family Law, Dispute Resolution in Family Law, and an upper year seminar in Advanced Family Law, this program includes the new Heidi Levenson Polowin Child Protection Law course, the BLG Negotiation Competition and the Walsh Family Law moot, a separate moot which is coached by Professors Natasha Bakht and Vanessa Gruben.

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