The School of Law and Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick this week hosted the 2016/17 Kate Fleming Mediation Competition in Medical Law.

Fifteen students from law and medicine came together in inter-disciplinary teams to settle a claim of medical negligence. The winning team comprised: Michelle Stephenson (Medicine), Anna Howard (Medicine), Siobhan Macloingsigh (Law) and Blaithin O’shea (Law).

This competition provided a fantastic opportunity for interdisciplinary learning with students working together to research the law, write an expert report and decide on a strategy for mediation. The event was held in the Moot Court at the University.

Mr Jack Nicholas (Barrister, Mediator and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Law) acted as the mediator on the night. Assisting Mr. Nicholas was Dr. Patrick O’Donnell (Graduate Entry Medical School), Ms. Mary Tumelty (a UL PhD candidate in the area of mediation in medical negligence), Dr Eimear Spain (Senior Lecturer in Medical Law at UL) and Dr. Lydia Bracken (Director of Clinical Legal Education, School of Law).

Congratulations also to Andrew O’Donovan and Blaithin.O’Shea, the two law students who excelled in the competition. They will now represent the Law School in the National Negotiation Competition in the Law Society on March 31st.

 

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