Members of the Touro Law Arbitration Team who placed first in the NYSBA Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition (from l to r) Michael Spinelli, Cathy Breidenbach & John Sepulveda.

Touro Law Arbitration Team Places First in Statewide Competition

November 22, 2016

Central Islip, NY - Touro Law’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Society Arbitration team, consisting of evening students Cathy Breidenbach, John Sepulveda and Michael Spinelli, won first place in the New York State Bar Association Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition this weekend.

Dean Harry Ballan said, “Our students performed exceptionally well. We are proud of their hard work and delighted by their success.” Faculty coach Professor Marianne Artusio added, “On behalf of the entire Touro Law community, we congratulate these students on a job well done and look forward a bright future for each of them.”

The Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition is a project of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association. The competition brings together schools from throughout New York and the New York metropolitan area to compete in a mock arbitration of a commercial dispute. This year, fourteen teams competed and Touro Law placed first.

By participating in this event law students gain an understanding of the arbitration process and the vital role it plays in resolving business disputes. This year, teams competed using a problem based on consequences to industry of implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan. Each team in the competition had to write a brief, exploring all the complicated legal issues in the case and then role-play the lawyer and witnesses in the case for two preliminary rounds, switching sides in each round. Touro’s team met in the Final Round with Fordham and emerged victorious. The competition was judged by highly experienced arbitrators, who praised the competitors and offered insights and practical wisdom to all the competitors in a post-competition discussion and analysis. 

Student competitor Cathy Breidenbach stated, “It was a great experience and a privilege to represent Touro Law.” 

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art law school is located adjacent to both a state and a federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. Touro Law’s proximity to the courthouses, coupled with programming developed to integrate the courtroom into the classroom, provide a one-of-a kind learning model for law students, combining a rigorous curriculum taught by expert faculty with a practical courtroom experience. Touro Law, which has a student body of approximately 650 and an alumni base of more than 6,000, offers full- and part-time J.D. programs, several dual degree programs and graduate law programs for US and foreign law graduates. Touro Law Center is part of the Touro College system.

Touro Law’s newly implemented Portals to Practice is a cutting-edge, experiential learning program that reconceives and restructures the law school experience. Portals to Practice expands the scope and quality of legal education by focusing on the development of legal professionals, from pre-law through post-graduation. 

About the Touro College and University System 
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

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