Sarah Belz, a Decorah High School and Luther College graduate, along with her partner, Mike Cavallaro, recently placed second in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Mediation Representation Competition in Paris, France.

Forty two-person teams from all over the world participated in the competition.

Belz is currently in her third year of law school at Hamline University.

"This is an incredibly tough competition judged by the best lawyers and mediators in the world. I know Mike and Sarah were honored to have been selected as one of only eight American teams invited to participate in this prestigious competition," said Professor James Coben, director of Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute.

"So emerging as one of the two best teams in the entire international competition is an impressive accomplishment. We are extremely proud of them."

"So are we," added her mother, Sandy.

The competition final was filmed and will be used as a training DVD and distributed to law schools throughout the world. As a finalist in the competition, Belz was awarded an internship at the ICC in Paris, France.