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Students gather to SCRAM

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Cite as: (2002) 76(11) LIJ, p.16

Internet chatrooms and breaches of trust was the theme of this year’s national final of the 2002 Schools Conflict Resolution and Mediation (SCRAM) competition held at Parliament House on 1 November. Staff from law societies across the nation gathered in Melbourne along with students, teachers, professional mediators, adjudicators and guests to watch the presentations from state winners from Victoria (Forest Hill Secondary College), New South Wales (South Sydney State High School) and Queensland (Pine Rivers State High School).

In each SCRAM team, four students play the roles of the disputants and two act as co-mediators. They receive common facts several weeks before the mediation and prepare the problem with the assistance of a teacher. Each disputant receives additional confidential facts 10 minutes before the mediation that lasts for 50 minutes.

This year, the disputants showed talent not only in dramatic acting but in providing opportunities for their mediators to show off their own skills. The mediators displayed patience, persistence, excellent neutrality and an impressive range of mediation methodologies.

Adjudicator and chair of the Law Institute’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Geoff Gronow provided feedback on behalf of the panel of adjudicators, which included Micheline Dewdney from New South Wales and Melinda Shirley from Queensland.

Law Institute CEO John Cain presented the trophies to each team, with first place won by South Sydney State High School.

Mr Cain thanked all the schools and students who participated in the competition, the teachers who supported their students, as well as the volunteer adjudicators who gave their time and expertise throughout 2002.

For more information on SCRAM, contact Sarah Gaden at sgaden@liv.asn.au. To sponsor the event in 2003, contact Vanessa Rosen at vrosen@liv.asn.au.

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