Georgia Law takes top honors in new national transactional law competition


Writer: Cindy H. Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Carol Morgan, 706/543-2003, cemorgan@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law received awards for the Best Buyer Side Draft and Best Overall Team at the inaugural Transactional Lawyering Meet held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn., recently.

Third-year law students Patrick S. Baldwin and Rachel K. Jones negotiated against teams from Washington and Lee University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania to advance to the finals, where they tied with Indiana University at Bloomington for the competition’s best team honor.

The Transactional Lawyering Meet was designed to be a "moot court" experience for students interested in transactional practice. It requires students to work in teams of two to draft a tranactional document (a letter of intent) and to negotiate its provisions. Teams were judged by their success in achieving the goals of the parties to the transaction.

"This competition is an excellent way for law students to develop essential skills that they will use in a transactional practice, such as critical analysis, creative problem solving, client advocacy, drafting and negotiation," Georgia Law Business Law and Ethics Program Instructor Carol Morgan said. "Our students performed at an outstanding level and helped to enhance UGA’s national prominence in the area of transactional law."