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an incredible staff that is always ready to help
and answer questions, Ms. Tasha Willis and
Ms. Rita Cannon.
Some classes offered include: International
externships in Guyana and Jamaica;
Negotiation; Mediation; Arbitration
(both general and International);
Client counseling; ADR survey;
Clinics with hands on training for
In addition, there is opportunity to
try out and perfect skills in local,
national and worldwide advocacy
competitions. The focus is less on
adversarial advocacy and more on
"providing experience in
contemporary methods of legal
representation," said Kimberly
The advocacy competitions are as
varied as the types of creative
resolutions that are born of the
South Texas recently sent a team to Paris,
France to compete in an invitation only
mediation competition. Our team, Basil
Angelo and Heath Trisdale coupled with their
coach, Houston mediator and adjunct
Professor Trey Bergman, made the " break
finals their first time out in this international
Soon, we will be represented
internationally again in Vienna, Austria for the
Vis Moot Arbitration Competition by Kellen
Scott, Greg Williamson, Wes Thorman, J.V.
I ' ■ r m ,
Vela and Rafael Boza. Our Vienna teams,
coached by Dean Kovach and Charles Guitard,
will compete against 205 international teams!
Good luck guys!
Additionally, South Texas has had the
honor of being sought out by Australia's
Murdoch University in Perth. STCL will not
only participate in the Study"Abroad program
at Murdoch (and Sydney's UTS), but will be
sending a competition arbitration team to
compete in the International Maritime Law
Arbitration Moot 2008. (Team members have
yet to be announced.)
There are competitions in Client
Counseling, Negotiation, and
Representation in Mediation,
Arbitration, International Mediation,
Arbitration, International Maritime
Law Arbitration and even an
International Online Dispute
The latter competition alone
speaks volumes to the changing
world in which we live in, and the
changing legal climate we are
expected to keep well-informed on.
Mediation and arbitration is in
demand and growing.
For more information about how
to get involved in competition, visit
the Frank Evans Center. Keep an eye out for
classes to add to your schedule. Visit STCL's
streaming video to get some highlights of the
latest mediation competitions and workshops.
Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
can be reached in person or at 7.13-646-2998.
. How an exchange student experienced
Another Perspective: Houslon on the open wad.
By Anne Clausen
When I came to Texas, I bought my first car ever. It's a dark blue
Jeep Grand Cherokee; and though it's difficult for me, I have to admit:
I absolutely love my car! So why would this be difficult for me to
In Denmark, I used to Walk everywhere. European cities are like
nucleuses. The city center has absolutely everything within walking
distance: Shopping opportunities, grocery stores, universities and
schools, landmarks, bars and night life. I used to walk to school, to
work and the grocery store. If I had to go outside downtown, I'd ride
my bike or take the train. Actually, it is probably easier to walk around
than to drive a car because the one thing that is completely lacking in
Danish cities and on campus are parking lots. Just the hassle of trying
to find a parking space would probably take you longer than to simply
walk where you're going.
Another thing is that ño student can afford a car in Denmark. The
State has put so called "green" taxes on cars and gas which makes it
both a lot more expensive than in the United States. Gas prices in
Denmark are at the moment approximately 8 dollars a gallon (that's
right - gas in the US is cheap!). The reason for those taxes is
environmental concerns. Environmental concerns have been a great
part of Danish society for the past 20 years or more. So much so that
it has affected peoples' behavior and way of thinking. I remember,
asking a native Texan where to put my empty bottles. She looked at
my as if I was crazy and told me to put it in the trash. I still feel bad
every time I throw a news paper, bottle or can in the trash here in
Texas. In Denmark, I would never do that - those things go in recycle
bins. In the same way, most Danes would feel bad about taking their
car if they only had to go for a couple of miles. Most would probably
walk or ride their bikes instead.
So what a difference to come to Texas! I found out that it is true
when they say that everything is bigger in Texas. Your cars are bigger
-1 don't think I've ever seen a Dodge Ram or Ford F150 in Denmark
(with our fuel prices having one would be crazy too). Your roads are
bigger - in Denmark the freeways only have two lanes in each
direction. Your distances are ridiculously huge - the entire country of
Denmark would easily fit inside Texas 16 times; and the city of
didn't dare drive my car to the grocery store! Luckily a friendly
neighbor offered to show me how to drive 'the American way' - which
is surprisingly really easy.
Now I feel almost handicapped without my Jeep. Suddenly, it seems
impossible to walk or bike anywhere - no matter how short the
distance. Instead I am perfectly comfortable driving a 10 lane freeway.
I really get why you Americans love your cars so much. You have a
life style that fits it, the size of your country makes it necessary to
have one, and your cities are built to accommodate huge numbers of
drivers. Even downtown you can always find a parking space, and
they are mostly pretty cheap (compared to Denmark). There is also
that great feeling of freedom in getting in your car and just going for
a ride for no particular reason:
I was brought up to consider the environmentál impact of my
decisions. Sometimes I still feel bad that I'm driving a car that drinks
like an Irishman at happy hour; but it doesn't change a thing. I love
my Jeep !
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