Seamus Keating '12 and Jonathan McCardle '13 earned the third-best score in the semi-final round of the American Bar Association (ABA) Negotiations National Competition, with 24 teams competing earlier this month in New Orleans.
Along the way, Keating and McCardle competed against teams of law students from William & Mary School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, among others.
"The semi-final round could not have been closer," said Professor Nancy Maurer, who served as a faculty advisor for the team along with Professor Jenean Taranto.
"Seamus and Jon completed the round with the 3rd best score - four teams advance to finals - but, unfortunately, were knocked out of their bracket. They demonstrated great skill and professionalism throughout the competition and were excellent representatives for Albany Law," said Professor Maurer.
In November, the pair won the regional negotiations competition, held at Albany Law, beating out nearly two dozen teams from 10 law schools to advance to the national level. They were coached by Mark Kittel '13, and Jessica Cherry ’12 and James Gundlach ’13 also helped them prepare for the regional finals and national competition.
"Mark Kittel really held us together and contributed significantly to our success," said McCardle. "Overall, it was a group effort between professors, coaches and other students, which certainly shows what strong community support Albany Law has to offer."
The ABA’s Negotiations National Competition is intended to promote greater interest among law students in legal negotiations and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. Students simulate legal negotiations by acting as lawyers and operating in teams of two to negotiate opposing interest in a series of legal problems.
Keating, from Connecticut, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, while McCardle, a Capital Region native, completed his undergraduate work at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.