The University of Dubuque Mediation Team earned two first-place finishes at the 2016 International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament held November 3-5 at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Two UD teams competed in the tournament. The team of Amanda Downing (C’19), a psychology and criminal justice major from Freeport, IL; Noah Hoskins (C’ 19), a philosophy major from Cedar Rapids, IA; and Marissa Joers (C’19), a business major from Racine, WI, tied for first place in the nation in the Mediator Team category with Boston University. The UD team also placed ninth in the Advocate/Client Team category. Each team member earned an All-American distinction.
Downing placed first in the nation in the Individual Mediators category for her performance. She also received the Stephanie Jennings Memorial Award, which is given to the top Individual Mediator.
The other UD team that qualified for the national tournament after they placed in the Top 3 at regionals earlier this month consisted of Jamey Foster (C’18), a sport marketing and management major from Centerville, IA; DeShaun Madkins (C’18), a criminal justice and sociology major from Milwaukee, WI; and Michael Salazar (C’17), a criminal justice major from Scottsdale, AZ.
UD competed against 24 of the best pre-law programs and mediation law teams in the nation, and UD’s placement for the 2016 tournament tops prior national tour accomplishments. In 2015, UD’s Mediation Team members placed second and fourth in the Team Advocate/Client category, placed second in the Team Mediator category, and received numerous other awards.