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USQ legal team rules the roost

A team of talented law students from USQ has won a national mediation and negotiation competition.

USQ School of Law and Justice students Katrina Cole and Francesca Horchner won the Negotiating Outcomes On Time (NOOT) competition run by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Open to law schools in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, the NOOT competition simulates the process of conciliation used by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

There were three rounds before the final – which itself involved USQ, Bond University, QUT and the University of Queensland. Coached by USQ Professor of Law Pauline Collins, the team won its competition with UQ, and then took first place overall on points.

Katrina Cole then went on, in the next week, to compete in the final of the USQ Law Society Moot Competition before Justice Soraya Ryan.

Head of USQ School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen congratulated the team on its achievement which showcased the depth of our students’ knowledge and experience, and for the broad range of skills that they have demonstrated.

He also thanked Professor Collins for her coaching and Adjunct Professor George Fox for his support for the team.

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AAT Deputy President Bernard McCabe, Katrina Cole, Francesca Horchner and Kay Feeney from the Resolution Institute.