Five students from Texas Wesleyan
University were recognized for their skills in both the mediator and
advocate/client divisions during the 12th Annual National Intercollegiate
Mediation Tournament in Georgia.
Texas Wesleyan students Tara Ramfield
and Tracy McArthur, along with Jennifer LaPrade (UT-Dallas), advanced to the final
round and were awarded the trophy for top Advocate/Client team in the field of
114 students, who were representing universities from across the country.
In the mediation tournament, teams of
three students each go through three preliminary rounds serving as mediators,
advocates and clients. The prestigious panel of judges for the final round
included Chief Justice Carol Hunstein of the Georgia Supreme Court. Ramfield
and McArthur were selected as the top team in the final round over students
from University of San Diego, Cameron University, and Boston University.
The Texas Wesleyan team of Tishouna
Brown- Strhan, Cassandra Holland and Michele Sackett-DGracia earned multiple
honors: #7 Team Advocate Client Award, #9 Team Mediation Award, #10 Advocate/Client
Individual Performance (Cassandra Holland and Michele Sackett-DGracia), #2
Individual Mediator Award (Michele Sackett-DGracia), and #6 Individual Mediator
Award (Tishouna Brown- Strhan). By placing in the top ten at the national
tournament, each of the students receives the designation “All-American
The Texas Wesleyan Mediation team is
coached by Barbara Kirby, J.D., director of the Paralegal Studies program.
As the top team in the Advocate/Client
division, Ramfield, McArthur and LaPrade have been invited to attend the
International Law School Mediation Tournament being held in Dublin, Ireland, in