The Competition provides an environment in which law students can learn and demonstrate their advocacy skills and model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation. The competition is designed to familiarize law student participants with advocacy skills in alternative dispute resolution processes, specifically mediation. The judging criteria are designed to reward those participants who use an effective combination of advocacy skills and a problem-solving approach in the mediation. The Representation in Mediation Competition was first held as a National ABA Competition in 2000. In the past twelve years, over one thousand law students have participated in the regional and national competitions and countless numbers of practitioners from local communities have served as competition judges and mediators.