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.
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.
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
- Bloomberg Law
- Practical Law Company
- Thomson Reuters
- Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, The University of Tennessee College of Law
- 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
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.
- 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
Emory Law thanks Aspen Publishing and LexisNexis® for serving as sponsors of this conference.
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.
- 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 14L. Benjamin 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 14L, Matthew 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.