Pitt Law Takes Home the Advocates Choice Award
Pictured: L-R 1st row: Christopher Harris, Bryson Stephen, Matthew Banta
2nd row: Professor Alice L. Stewart, Michael Nagy, Professor Rachael Shaw
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law took home The Advocates Choice Award at the 2017 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, which goes to the team voted by the competitors as having the highest degree of skill, competence and professionalism. The competition took place Oct. 14-15, 2017. The Pitt Law team, Matthew Banta; Bryson Stephen, and Christopher Harris, traveled to St. John’s University School of Law’s Manhattan campus in New York for the competition. For two days student teams from law schools around the country met to test their advocacy skills in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of a simulated securities dispute. The Pitt Law team, all members of the Securities Arbitration Clinic, under the direction of Clinic Professor Alice L. Stewart and adjunct Professor Rachael Shaw, were coached by volunteer attorney Michael Nagy. Nagy is an experienced securities attorney and focuses his practice on claims made against brokers and broker-dealers throughout the United States, concentrating primarily on matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He provides representation on a wide range of securities matters including arbitration, mediation and litigation.
The Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon is a joint effort between the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution and FINRA. Members of FINRA’s roster of experienced neutrals serve as mediators, arbitrators and judges, critiquing the student teams and offering the students an invaluable real-life experience.
By challenging students to negotiate, mediate, and arbitrate in a single competition, this one-of-a-kind event gives students an opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in a realistic and comprehensive securities dispute experience.