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—Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills

June 10-11, 2016 at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday’s keynote discussion, “Encouraging this Particular Form of (Very Fun) Madness – Roles for Deans and Faculty Members,” was delivered by Professor Martin J. Katz, dean of the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, and Professor Phoenix Cai, also from the Sturm College of Law.

This year’s steering committee:

  • Sue Payne, Chair, Emory University School of Law
  • George Kuney, The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Katherine Koops, Emory University School of Law
  • Lori Johnson, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Law
  • David Gibbs, Chapman University School of Law

Sponsors:

  • Bloomberg BNA
  • West Academic
  • Wolters Kluwer
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law

CLE Credits
The State Bar of Georgia has approved our program for a total of 7.5 CLE credits (including 1.5 for Ethics and 1.5 for Professionalism).  Final credit approval is subject to change and depends on the determination of your state’s CLE board.  Your state bar number will be collected at the Conference Registration Desk and a Certificate of Attendance for CLE credit will be emailed immediately following the Conference.  Please keep the Certificate for your own record or submit it to your state bar.  For specific procedural questions regarding your CLE requirements, please contact your state CLE Board.

If you encounter any technical difficulties in submitting your proposal or in registering online, please contact Kelli Pittman, Conference Coordinator, at kelli.pittman@emory.eduor 404.727.3382.

Friday, June 10

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, Center for Transactional Law and Practice, Executive Director
  • Katherine Koops, Emory University School of Law, Center for Transactional Law and Practice, Assistant Director
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1

Teaching Deal Skills in Contracts and Contract Drafting Courses

  • Critical Transactional Skills Law Schools Should Teach 1Ls
    • Tina Stark, Emory University School of Law, Professor in the Practice of Law (Retired)
  • Lost in Translation: Using Standard Contract Representations to Teach Business Law and Lawyering Skills
    • Melinda Marbes, Barry University, Andreas School of Law

Experiential Learning: Simulated Client Interviews and Videos in the Classroom

  • Creating & Utilizing Simulated Client Interviews in the Classroom
    • Stacey Bowers, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Making the Large Class More Experiential Using Video
    • Shelley Dunck, Loyola University School of Law, Chicago
    • Karl Okamoto, Drexel University, Kline School of Law

Identifying and Teaching Non-Traditional Transactional Skills

  • Crafting Comment Letters:  Teach Policy, Develop Skills, and Shape Pending Regulation
    • Benjamin Edwards, Barry University, Andreas School of Law
    • Nicole G. Iannarone, Georgia State University College of Law Investor Advocacy Clinic
  • Adding Marketing and Sales Skills to the Law School Curriculum
    • Kevin Conboy, University of Tennessee College of Law
3:30–3:45 p.m.Break
3:45–5:15 p.m.
Afternoon Session 2

Fresh Approaches to Teaching Transactional Drafting

  • Teaching Contract Drafting Simultaneously with Statute Drafting:  How Each Enriches the Other--with an Aside about the First-Year Contracts Course

    • Richard K. Neumann, Jr., Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law
    • J. Lyn Entrikin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Drafting Corporate Bylaws:  From Alpha to Omega
    • Joan Heminway, University of Tennessee College of Law
Integrating Transactional Skills Training into the Doctrinal Curriculum
  • Scaling Carnegie: Four Iterations of Teaching Transactional Workplace Law Skills
    • Rachel Arnow-Richman, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Shared Perspectives and Strategies in Course, Curriculum and Competency Exercise Design
    • Carol Morgan, University of Georgia School of Law
    • Usha Rodrigues, University of Georgia School of Law

Specific Transactional Law Programs and Courses

  • Reflections from the Successful Implementation of Transactional Programs
    • Jay Finkelstein, DLA Piper LLP and Georgetown University Law Center
    • David H. Gibbs, Chapman University, Fowler School of Law 
  • Scaling Transactional Skills Education to the Masses
    • Todd Starker, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
5:30–6:15 p.m.Cocktail Reception, Bacardi Plaza
7:00 p.m.Dinner, Emory Conference Center Hotel

Saturday, June 11

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

Conference Keynote 

Encouraging this Particular Form of (Very Fun) Madness – Roles for Deans and Faculty Members
  • Martin J. Katz, Dean, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Phoenix Cai, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
9:45–10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Morning Session 1

Online Learning and Transactional Skills Courses

  • Connecting and Engaging Students Online: Designing Interactive Asynchronous Transactional Drafting Exercises in the Age of Tech Wizardry
    • Cynthia Adams, Indiana University, McKinney School of Law
  • Integrating Transactional Skills into Business Law Courses:  Can These Be Taught Online?
    • Celeste Hammond, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
    • Virginia Harding, Of Counsel, Gould & Ratner

Using the Other 'Case Method' for Teaching Transactional Skills 

  • Using the Other 'Case Method' for Teaching Transactional Skills
    • Karl Okamoto, Drexel University, Kline School of Law
    • Esther Barron, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law
    • Eric Gouvin, Western New England University School of Law
    • Praveen Kosuri, University of Pennsylvania Law School
    • Anthony Luppino, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Teaching Law Students about Business and Finance

  • Teaching Law Students Who Are Afraid of Numbers about Business Basics: Learn from My Mistakes
    • Barbara Wagner, Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law
  • Teaching Corporate Finance Using Clinical Client Work
    • Jonathan Brown, Yale Law School
11:30–11:45 a.m.Break
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Morning Session 2
Deal Skills Through Simulation:  Immersion Intersession or Semester-Long Course  
  • Learning by Doing:  How to Blend Simulated Deal Work with Lectures, Exercises, and Commentary
    • Jillian Gautier, Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law
    • Vickie Kobak, Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law
  • The Deal Skills Course: Teaching Client Counseling, Due Diligence, and Transactional Negotiation Skills
    • Katherine Koops, Emory University School of Law
    • Jeff Alperin, ccClients, LLC; Emory University School of Law
    • M. Jan Connell, Emory University School of Law
Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Transactional Skills Courses
  • Taming Grading Madness
    • Judy Rosenbaum, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law
  • Making the Grade: A Guided Discussion Regarding Assessing Learning Outcomes in Transactional Skills-Based Courses
    • Carol Morgan, University of Georgia School of Law
    • Carol Newman, University of Missouri School of Law

Other Models for Teaching Transactional Law and Skills:  Studio or Collaborative Workshop 

  • What Law School Curriculum Committees Can Learn from Architecture Schools
    • Howard Katz, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Collaboration in Teaching Transactional Law and Skills:  Academic, Practitioner, and Business Perspectives and Contributions
    • Alexander M. Meiklejohn, Quinnipiac University School of Law
    • Lisa Oak, Quinnipiac University School of Law
    • Robert A. White, Quinnipiac University School of Law
1:15–2:15 p.m.Lunch
2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1

Research Instruction and Resources in the Transactional Skills Classroom

  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
    Evolving Teaching Tools - What Resources Are Available to Help Us Teach Our Students Practical Skill
    • Richard Sobelsohn, Brooklyn Law School
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m
    Approaches to Incorporating Research Instruction into Transactional Skills Courses
    • Lori Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
    • Jeanne Frazier Price, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
    • Eric H. Franklin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law 

Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in the Business and Transactional Law Settings

  • Encouraging, Practicing, and Enforcing Business Ethics
    • Seletha Butler, Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business 
  • Using Advance Conflict Waivers to Teach Drafting, Ethics, and Professionalism
    • Ted Becker, University of Michigan Law School
  • Incorporating Lessons on Ethics and Professionalism into Contract Drafting Assignments
    • Sue Payne, Emory University School of Law
Challenges and Successes in Teaching Transactional Drafting 
  • Transactional Drafting Labs:  Setup, Setbacks, and Small Victories
    • William Foster, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Teaching Transactional Drafting in a Jurisdiction with a Business Court Calendar
    • William Delaney, The Delaney Law Firm LLC, Roger Williams University School of Law

Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow

June 6–7, 2014 at Emory Law

The conference was held 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.