June 4, 2010 10:12 Age: 4 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Transactional Law Education Conference

Contact: Tim Hussey at tim.hussey(at)emory.edu

Recognized as one of the leading transactional law programs in the nation, Emory Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice is holding its second biennial conference on the teaching of transactional law and skills June 4-5. “Transactional Education: What’s Next?” brings together a distinguished group of faculty and practitioners to examine the future of transactional law education.

“Perhaps our biggest challenge is convincing our schools that they should expand their transactional skills curricula,” said Tina Stark, executive director for Emory Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice.

“We have for years labored in the shadows of litigation skills training—something our colleagues understand and, therefore, support,” Stark said. “Deal work they do not get. No one is researching cases, and appellate briefs are nowhere to be seen.  Most of our colleagues are not quite sure what we do or why it has anything to do with law, but they know they do not want anything to do with it.

“The problem is not just a lack of understanding, but that we labor anonymously,” Stark said. “We are nearly invisible within the academy.”

Emory Law has offered a certificate in transactional law for several years. The Center for Transactional Law and Practice was formed in 2007. This is the second transactional law conference Emory has hosted. The last conference was in 2008.

Panel discussions this year include:

  • Teaching transactional skills in the first year
  • Teaching transactional skills in upper-level doctrinal courses
  • Teaching transactional skills in an international context
  • Contract drafting
  • Ethical issues in business and the lawyer’s role
  • Interdisciplinary transactional courses
  • Simulation courses
  • Outcomes and assessment
  • Transactional centers and certificates

A detailed program for the conference including the names of speakers and panelists can be found here.


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