A UCLA School of Law student team won Best Draft in the national championship of the 2017 Transactional LawMeet competition in New York on March 31.
Kimberley Johnson ’17, Reema Kapoor LLM ’17 and Christine Ristow ’17 drafted the winning document. They were coached by Michael Woronoff, a partner at Proskauer Rose and an adjunct professor at UCLA Law, Payom M. Pirahesh ’11 and Jeffrey Brandt ’16, both associates at Sidley.
The Transactional LawMeet allows students to participate in a simulated transaction where they gain drafting and negotiating experience. In preparation for the meet, students participate in client conference calls, draft relevant provisions and mark up opposing provisions. Teams participate in two rounds of in-person negotiations, and their work is then judged by expert practicing attorneys. The 2017 competition required teams to represent either the buyer or the seller in a simulated purchase and sale of a beverage company.
UCLA Law fielded two teams in the final round of the leading transactional law competition, which was held at the New York offices of the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. UCLA Law was also represented by the team of Stephen Bandrowsky ’17, Adam Dondoyano ’18 and Tyler Dodge ’17. They were coached by Scott Timpe ’11, an associate at Cox Castle, and Tim Najera ’13, an associate at Houlihan Lokey.
The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law provides support for the UCLA Law teams and their coaches.
Overall, 84 teams participated in the 2017 competition.