Transactional Law Conferences

Emory University School of Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice hosts a biennial conference on the teaching of transactional law and skills.

2016 Conference

The next conference will be held in 2016. Check back for information as we get closer to the conference date.

Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow

June 6–7, 2014 at Emory Law

The conference washeld at Emory Law, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, and ending at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Steering Committee

  • Sue A. Payne, Chair, Emory University School of Law
  • Brian Krumm, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Carol D. Newman, University of Missouri School of Law
  • Bruce Luna, John Marshall Law School, Atlanta
  • Robert R. Statchen, Western New England University School of Law

Conference Sponsors

  • Bloomberg BNA
  • West Academic
  • Wolters Kluwer

Conference Schedule 

Friday, June 6

TimeEvent
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.Registrataion, lunch, and networking
1:00–1:45 p.m.

Welcome Sue Payne, Emory University School of Law

Opening Remarks Tina L. Stark, Fordham University School of Law: What Cornell Veterinary School Taught Me About Legal Education.  

Note: In 2008, Professor Stark spoke about her fantasy curriculum at Emory Law's inaugural Transactional Law and Skills Conference. Apparently, fantasies about law curricula continue to fill her waking hours. She will tell us why they now include dogs.

2:00–3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1

Transactional Drafting: Beyond Contracts

  • Representing Entities: The Value of Teaching Students How to Draft Board Resolutions and Other Similar Documentation
    • Joan MacLeod Heminway, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Fostering Student Engagement and Understanding for Tomorrow's Business Clients
    • Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law

Teaching Transactional Skills Using Real Clients: From Clinic to Classroom

  • How to Teach Contract Drafting and Other Critical Deal Skills Using Live Clients
    • Shelley Dunck, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago
    • Mary Hanisch, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago
  • The "Emerging Companies" Class and the Intellectual Property Clinic
    • William J. Delaney, The Delaney Law Firm LLC, Suffolk University Law School
    • Thomas M. Sullivan, Suffolk University Law School

Technology in the Classroom: Clickers, Video, and Other Media

  • Teaching Corporate Governance through Video and Other Media
    • Seletha R. Butler, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Using Clicker Technology to Develop Transactional Skills in the First-Year Contracts Course
    • Matthew Lyon, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law
3:30–3:45 p.m.Break
3:45–5:15 p.m.
Afternoon Session 2

Teaching Methods: Assignments to Use in Business and Drafting Courses

  • Effectively Teaching Business Courses: Combining Doctrine, Ethics, and Skills to Create Practice-Ready Graduates
    • N. Browning Jeffries, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
    • Bruce G. Luna II, Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
    • Melinda Marbes, Concordia University School of Law
  • Analogical Exercises for Transactional Drafting
    • Will Foster, University of Arkansas School of Law
    • Emily Grant, Washburn University School of Law

Ethical Issues for Transactional Attorneys: Here and Abroad

  • Incorporating Ethical Issues in Transactional Skills Training
    • Carol Goforth, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Teaching Business Ethics in Law School
    • Carol Morgan, University of Georgia School of Law
    • Usha Rodrigues, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Ethics for Transactional Lawyers in a Global Marketplace
    • Carolyn Plump, LaSalle University

Teaching the Business of Law: Legal Entrepreneurs, Business Development, and Client Selection

  • Preparing Legal Entrepreneurs as Global Strategists in the 21st Century
    • Justin W Evans, Fort Hays State University
    • Anthony L. Gabel, Fort Hayes State University
  • Practice-Ready Lawyers Don't Just Represent Clients: Experiential Education for the Business of Law
    • Nicole G. Iannarone, Georgia State University School of Law
  • Effective Client Selection in Transactional Clinics
    • Manoj Viswanathan, Yale Law School
5:30–6:15 p.m.Cocktail Reception, Bacardi Plaza
7:00 p.m.Dinner, Emory Conference Center Hotel

Saturday, June 7

TimeEvent
8:30–8:45 a.m.Breakfast and networking
8:45–9:45 a.m.

Conference Keynote Discussion: "Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow"

Skills is Not a Dirty Word: Identifying and Teaching Transactional Law Competencies

  • Sue Payne, Emory University School of Law, Moderator
  • William Bates II, King & Spalding, LLP, retired Corporate partner and former chair of the Lawyer Development Committee •
  • Daniel B. Bogart, Dale E. Fowler Law School, Chapman University
  • Ann-Marie McGaughey, McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, Co-Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and Atlanta Hiring Partner
  • Barbara Wagner, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
9:45–10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Morning Session 1

Teaching Transactional Skills: Course, Immersion, Program

  • A Starter Kit for Teaching Transactional Skills
    • Grace Hum, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Immersion: Bringing Transactional Law to Life
    • Vickie Kobak, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • Marcia Levy, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • Val Myteberi, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Teaching Transactional Skills: Incorporation into Doctrinal Courses

  • Transactional Approach in First Year Property
    • Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University
  • Teaching Contract Law with Contracts
    • Nancy Kim, California Western School of Law

Financial Literacy: What Students Know and Need to Know

  • The Importance of Comprehending Financial Statements to the Transactional Lawyer
    • Stacey L. Bowers, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Learning From—and About—the Numbers
    • Carole Silver, Northwestern University School of Law
11:30–11:45 a.m.Break
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Morning Session 2

Teaching Methods: Collaboration Between Schools, the Case Method

  • Let's Work Together: Collaboration and Simulations for Teaching Transactional Practice
    • Jay Finkelstein, DLA Piper/Stanford, Berkeley, Georgetown, American
    • David H. Gibbs, Dale E. Fowler Law School, Chapman University

Technology: In Law and in the Classroom

  • Technology in Transactional Practice: Preparing for an Evolving Profession
    • Ted Becker, The University of Michigan Law School
    • Michael L. Bloom, The University of Michigan Law School
  • Teaching Transactional Skills with New Technologies and Tools
    • Richard J. Sobelsohn, Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School
  • Ethics for Transactional Lawyers in a Global Marketplace
    • Carolyn Plump, LaSalle University

Entrepreneurial Law: Programs and Legal Needs

  • Survey of Entrepreneurial Law Programs at ABA Accredited Law Schools
    • Richard Benham, Florida State University College of Law
    • Elizabeth Ferrell, Florida State University College of Law
  • Hacking Contracts—Lean Drafting for Entrepreneurship
    • Stephen Black, Texas Tech University
  • Legal Demands of the Startup Venture
    • Jason M. Gordon, Georgia Gwinnett College School of Business
1:15–2:15 p.m.Lunch
2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1

Best Practices: Effective Transactional Skills Training

  • Effective Skills Training: Is It More than Practice?
    • Stephen L. Sepinuck, Gonzaga University School of Law
    • John F. Hilson, UCLA Law School
  • One Transactional Lawyer's Experience: Ambiguity and Contract Disputes
    • Preston M. Torbert, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Clinical Transactional Skills: Meeting Specific Needs

  • Teaching Transactional Skills in a Disaster Recovery Clinic
    • Michael Haber, Hofstra Law School
  • Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow: The Growing Need for Transactional Lawyers Who Can Represent Worker-Cooperatives and Union-Coops
    • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY School of Law
  • Ethics for Transactional Lawyers in a Global Marketplace
    • Carolyn Plump, LaSalle University
  • Using an Academic Environment to Impact Transactional Law Policy for Micro-Entrepreneurs
    • Robert R. Statchen, Western New England University School of Law

Transactional Lawyering Skills: Identification, Teamwork, and Assessment

  • Identifying and Assessing Transactional Lawyering Skills
    • Tracey Schneider, Stafford Township Board of Education
  • Playing By the Rules: Team Composition and Governance in Business Planning
    • Marquette University Law School
  • Teaching Transactional Law Subjects—A Case Study from Melbourne Law School
    • Andrew Godwin, Melbourne Law School

Preparing the Transactional Lawyer: From Doctrine to Practice

November 4–5, 2012

The proceedings of the Conference as well as the materials distributed by speakers were recorded and published in Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, a publication of the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law of The University of Tennessee.

Steering Committee
  • Carol D. Newman, Co-Chair, Emory University School of Law
  • Sue A. Payne, Co-Chair, Emory University School of Law
  • Susan Duncan, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Eric Gouvin, Western New England University School of Law
  • George Kuney, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Robert Rhee, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Conference Sponsors

  • Bloomberg Law
  • LexisNexis
  • Practical Law Company 
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Westlaw
  • Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers

Transactional Education: What's Next?

June 4–5, 2010

Conference Steering Committee

  • Tina L. Stark, Chair, Emory University School of Law
  • Danny Bogart, Chapman University School of Law
  • Deborah Burand, University of Michigan Law School
  • Joan MacLeod Heminway, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Jeffrey Lipshaw, Suffolk University Law School
  • Jane Scott, St. John's University School of Law

Teaching Drafting and Transactional Skills: The Basics and Beyond

First National Conference


Conference Objectives

This conference offered those who teach drafting and transactional skills the knowledge and tools they need to comprehensively train students who are studying these areas of law. The conference included sessions for beginning, experienced, and potential teachers of drafting and other transactional skills. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn new substantive material and to explore methods of teaching that material. Panels explored how to create contract drafting exercises, the impact of information technology on contract drafting, and how to teach transactional skills in clinics, in simulation courses, in first-year and upper-level doctrinal courses, and in first-year writing courses. In addition, panels covered the basics of contract drafting, due diligence, and third-party opinion letters. Finally, the conference offered those at the forefront of developing these new courses a forum in which to exchange ideas about teaching, and promoting the teaching of, transactional law and skills.

Conference Organizers

  • J. Lyn Entrikin Goering, Washburn University School of Law
  • George W. Kuney, University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Richard K. Neumann Jr., Hofstra University School of Law
  • Sue Payne, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Lisa Penland, Drake University Law School
  • Anne M. Rector, Emory University School of Law
  • Conference Chair: Tina L. Stark, Emory University School of Law

Conference Sponsors

Emory Law thanks Aspen Publishing and LexisNexis®  for serving as sponsors of this conference.

LawMeets Competition

The LawMeets® Transactional Law negotiation competition requires students to meet a client via video, draft an agreement, interview the client via conference calls, mark up an agreement from opposing counsel, and negotiate two rounds with the other side’s counsel during the meet. Judges are drawn from the local bar in each region. Students are evaluated on drafts and mark ups as well as negotiation skills. Judges rate negotiators on professional demeanor, understanding of the issues, and effectiveness in achieving client objectives. 

2014 Victories

  • Emory Law teams won first place in the Mid-Atlantic and second place in the Southeast in regional competitions of the 2014 National Transactional LawMeet® on Friday, Feb. 28. Emory’s Mid-Atlantic victors will move on to compete in the national competition in New York City in April. Both teams were awarded first place for best draft. Trevor Anderson 14L and Gillian Bialer 14L negotiated in the Mid-Atlantic region, supported by teammates Matthew Pi 14L and Pengyu Chen 14LBenjamin Smyser 14Land Marcus Brown 14L negotiated in the Southeastern region, supported by teammate Jili Xue 15L. Professors Sue Payne, Susan Wilson, and Tom Dare coached the teams.
  • Emory Law’s Transactional Law Program Negotiation Team won “best draft” and placed third at the National LawMeets® Competition hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell, held in New York City April 3–4. Of the 84 teams from schools all across the country that competed in regional meets, 14 teams, including Emory, advanced to the national meet. Emory Law’s team placed third on the buyer’s side. Trevor Anderson 14L,Gillian Bialer 14LMatthew Pi 14L, and Pengyu Chen 14L wrote the best buyer’s draft. Anderson and Bialer negotiated at nationals, supported by Pi and Chen. Professors Sue Payne, Susan Wilson, Tom Dare, and Lynn Scott were coaches.