Clayton State University recently sent its first team to the Brenau University Mock Mediation Tournament.
Twelve teams competed, with three students on each team. Clayton State’s team consisted of Courtney Pipkin, a psychology major from Riverdale, Matthew Shelnutt, a biology major from Stockbridge, and Matthew Bland, an English major from Rex. Their coach was Dr. Judith Ogden from the School of Business. Each team member had an opportunity to play a mediator, an attorney, and a client. The Clayton State team did very well, often outscoring their opponents.
This is the eighth year that Brenau has hosted an Intercollegiate Mediation Competition. Judges included faculty members, and local attorneys and mediators. Students mediated disputes involving an automobile accident, damage to business property from flooding, and employment discrimination.
Clayton State’s team members were all either members of the University Hearing Panel or resident assistants in the dormitories. They, and other students, received basic mediation training over the summer from Ogden, Jeff Jacobs, associate dean for Housing, Residence Life, and Student Conduct, and Andre Clanton, assistant director of Student Conduct, in order to serve as peer mediators to help resolve disputes between and among students. More information on Peer Mediation is available at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/studentconduct/ProgramsandServices.htm.
The peer mediators would like to hold a competition on the Clayton State campus this spring with the winning students going on to the Brenau Mock Mediation Competition in the fall of 2011.