Published on April 7, 2022  
Elena and Walker
Cumberland School of Law’s National Negotiation Team members, Elena Cassinelli and Walker McCrary, both second-year students, reached the semifinals of the Transatlantic Negotiation competition sponsored by Syracuse University Law School and Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. The global competition featured teams from 16 countries, 15 American states, five continents, and spanned 15 time zones.
Cassinelli and McCrary competed against teams from the National University of Juridicial Science in Kolkata, India, the Symbiosis Law School in Hyberdad, India, Newcastle University in Tyne, England, and the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.
They were coached by Ben Warren ’18, Kevin Bufford ’17, Dylan Martin ’21 and Thomas Thorneycroft ’20.
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