Date: July 11, 2005
CONTACT: Jeff Stoughton, jeff.stoughton@ttu.edu

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 Ireland.

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 nsoonpaa@law.ttu.edu.