TEXAS TECH LAW STUDENTS WIN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
July 12, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 11, 2005
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LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University School of Law students Joy Gibbs of Pampa and Mandy
Gundlach of Birney, Mont., won the World Championship in the 2005 International Negotiation
Competition in Dublin, Ireland.
The competition was sponsored by the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland and
the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin, Ireland.
The duo, coached by Law School associate deans Brian Shannon and Nancy Soonpaa, was
the first from Texas Tech to be invited to the International Negotiation Competition.
Texas Tech has won the national Negotiation Competition twice and has had numerous
top-five finishes. Gibbs and Gundlach took second-place honors out of 24 teams in
this year’s national competition.
Gibbs and Gundlach faced off against 15 teams from 13 nations, including Ireland,
Canada, England, Denmark, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Puerto Rico, South Korea
and Scotland. During their trip, they also met the president and chief justice of
Texas Tech Law School Dean Walter Huffman said competitions like the International
Negotiation Competition and those sponsored by the American Bar Association help students
develop skills that will serve them in practicing law.
“Mandy, Joy, and their faculty coaches have worked very hard this year. We’re absolutely
thrilled that they had the opportunity to represent both Texas Tech University and
the United States at this prestigious international competition – and win!” Huffman
said. “The Texas Tech University School of Law has always been known for its outstanding
students and distinguished faculty, and it has had a long tradition of preparing students
to practice law from their first day on the job. This world championship demonstrates
the excellence of our students and faculty, and further validates our approach to
training students for the practice of law.”
CONTACT: Nancy Soonpaa, associate dean of the Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990,
ext. 357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.