October 10, 2012 21:55 Age: 2 yrs

Emory Law names Sue Payne Co-Executive Director, Center for Transactional Law and Practice

Money, risk, control, standards and endgame—the essential elements of doing a deal, according to Tina L. Stark, founding director of Emory Law’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice.

Emory Law is at the vanguard of preparing students to do deals. Our Center for Transactional Law and Practice, founded five years ago with Professor Stark at the helm, has become a resource and model for students, transactional lawyers, and transactional law educators alike. The Center’s Certificate in Transactional Law is the gold standard for transactional skills training.

Under the recent direction of Professor Carol Newman, the Center’s integrated transactional skills curriculum has expanded and deepened, and the number of graduates of the Certificate program has doubled. This year’s appointment of Professor Sue Payne as co-executive director further advances the Center as the premier transactional law and skills training program in the country.

Formerly at Northwestern University School of Law, Payne is a recognized leader in developing innovative teaching methods and simulation-based contract drafting assignments. Her expertise thus complements Emory Law’s already thriving transactional law program.

Sue A. Payne


BA, Denison University; MA, Ohio State University; JD, Northwestern University

Recent publications
Basic Contract Drafting Assignments: A Narrative Approach
, New York: Aspen Publishers, 2011

“Teaching Contract Drafting to First-Year Law Students in Three Hours or Less,” Perspectives, Vol. 18, Nos. 2 and 3, Winter/Spring 2010, pp. 145–150.

Representative transactional skills courses
Contract Drafting, Deal Skills, Private Equity, Commercial Lending, IP Transactions, The General Counsel in Negotiated Transactions, Venture Capital and Negotiating Corporate Transactions

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