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World champions at Mitchell Hamline

Briana Al Taqatqa and Brian Kennedy

Briana Al Taqatqa and Brian Kennedy

Two students from Mitchell Hamline School of Law are world champions after winning a global negotiation competition.

Brian Kennedy and Briana Al Taqatqa outperformed teams from 31 countries at the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students held recently in Oslo, Norway. The competition played out over five days, and featured daily simulated international negotiation sessions judged by a panel of legal experts from around the world.

Notably, both are students in Mitchell Hamline’s pioneering Hybrid J.D. program, where students complete half of their coursework on campus and half online.

Kennedy said working together to prepare for the competition, along with help from many at Mitchell Hamline, pushed them to the top. “Our teamwork was talked about in every negotiation,” he said.

The coaches are Mitchell Hamline Dean of Student Affairs and Student Life Lynn LeMoine, Hamline University Professor Ken Fox, and alum Pat Zitek.

The Mitchell Hamline team qualified for the international contest when in February they won a national negotiation competition sponsored by the American Bar Association, beating out 20 teams from law schools around the United States.

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