IIT Chicago-Kent wins the ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Kevin Doran ’15 (left) and Jennie Balkas ’16 won the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition.
Kevin Doran ’15 (left) and Jennie Balkas ’16 won the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition.

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law team of Jennie Balkas '16 and Kevin Doran '15 has won the American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Student National Representation in Mediation Regional Competition, held February 28 to March 1 at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. Balkas and Doran will compete against winning teams in seven regional tournaments in the national finals held during the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference April 15 to 18 in Seattle.

Sponsored by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the competition is designed to acquaint law students with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically mediation.

Winning team member Jennie Balkas graduated from the University of Iowa with a joint degree in economics and political science. Team member Kevin Doran studied journalism and Spanish at Indiana University. The team is coached by IIT Chicago-Kent alumni Kate Kosartes '14, Michael Barnes '14, Martha Drouet '14 and David McKenzie '14.

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

IIT Chicago-Kent offers a certificate program in litigation and alternative dispute resolution designed to provide a comprehensive and balanced professional education that adequately prepares students to practice law, with a focus on litigation and alternative methods of resolving conflict.

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