Two UCLA Law Teams Reach Transactional LawMeet National Finals

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Top: Christine Ristow, Reema Kapoor and Kimberley Johnson
Bottom: Stephen Bandrowsky, Adam Dondoyano and Tyler Dodge

UCLA School of Law's two Transactional LawMeet teams won regional competitions on February 24 and will advance to the final round to be held at the New York offices of Sullivan & Cromwell on March 31. A UCLA Law team won the national competition last year.

The team of Stephen Bandrowsky '17, Adam Dondoyano '18 and Tyler Dodge '17 won the Southeastern Regional held at Emory University School of Law. The team is coached by Scott Timpe '07 JD '11, an associate at Cox Castle, and Tim Najera '09 MBA '13 JD '13, an investment banking associate at Houlihan Lokey.

Christine Ristow '17, Reema Kapoor LLM '17 and Kimberley Johnson '17 won the Chicago Regional held at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. This team also won the award for best draft by the seller's side. Kapoor, Johnson and Ristow are coached by Michael Woronoff, a partner at Proskauer Rose and adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law; Payom M. Pirahesh '11 and Jeffrey Brandt '16, both associates at Sidley.

In the 2017 competition, teams negotiated a merger of two emerging technology companies. The drafting stage took place over two months, with students drafting term sheets, interviewing their clients, and marking up opposing teams' drafts. Eighty-four teams from around the country competed in the regionals, which culminated with live negotiations on February 24. Both UCLA Law teams represented the seller.

Partners from some of the leading law firms in the country, corporate general counsels and other senior practitioners served as judges for the LawMeets.

Geraldine Sinatra, a partner at Dechert who served as a judge and presenter at one LawMeet, said: "It has been become even more critical for law schools to graduate new lawyers who have real skills, who can hit the ground running. Firms like mine need students who have had the kind of experience that programs like LawMeets provide."

UCLA School of Law has a long history of support for and success in the Transactional LawMeet. In 2011, then-students Najera, Pirahesh and Timpe formed the first UCLA Law competition team and went to the national finals. In 2016 the UCLA Law team of Jeffrey Brandt, Christine Ristow and Matthew Weber won the National LawMeet.

The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law provides support for the UCLA Law teams and their coaches. The Lowell Milken Institute also created and runs the UCLA Law Intramural Transactional Law Meet each fall. The event provides UCLA Law students with an opportunity to practice their drafting and negotiation skills. Bandrowsky, Dodge, Kapoor and Johnson all won awards in the Intramural Transactional Law Meet last fall.