Call for Proposals: Teaching Transactional Law and Skills – UPDATED DEADLINE

On June 6-7, 2014, Emory’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice hosts the fourth biennial conference on the teaching of transactional law and skills. For more information, contact Sue Payne (sue.payne[@] or Edna Patterson (edna.patterson[@]

Proposals are welcome on any subject of interest to current or potential teachers of transactional law and skills, focusing particularly on the overarching theme:  “Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow.”  More details are below.

Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014. Proposals should be submitted here. im

Conference organizers expect topics to address questions like the following:

  • What is the shape of the future employment market for transactional lawyers?  Will our students be working at law firms (small, medium, large), as solo practitioners, as in-house counsel, as government attorneys, or as degreed attorneys not practicing law?
  • Who will be the transactional lawyers’ clients?  Individuals? Small to mid-sized businesses? Large businesses?  
  • How do we best educate our students to become transactional attorneys in each kind of practice setting for each kind of client?
  • In what particular areas of the law will transactional attorneys be most needed?  Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Business Law, to name a few?
  • What are the current best practices for teaching students about each area of transactional law?
  • What skill sets and competencies do legal employers expect new transactional attorneys to possess?
  • What innovative techniques and technology can we use to enhance the teaching of transactional law and skills?
  • How can we teach ethics and professionalism within our transactional law and skills courses?
  • How can we assess the students’ progress toward developing the competencies and professionalism required of effective transactional lawyers?

In addition to proposals addressing the overarching questions listed above, we hope to receive proposals that address and update topics that we have considered in past conferences, such as:

  • Teaching doctrinal transactional law courses
  • Teaching contract drafting and other critical deal skills
  • Teaching transactions in an international setting
  • Teaching transactional skills within first-year doctrinal courses

Each session will be approximately 80 minutes long.  We invite you to present your topic individually or with a panel of other participants and we encourage you to make your presentation creative and interactive.  We look forward to receiving your proposals so that we can finalize the Program.

As in prior years, the proceedings of the Conference as well as the materials distributed by speakers will be recorded and published in Transactions:  The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, a publication of the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law of The University of Tennessee. Your remarks will be transcribed and you will have the opportunity to edit them.  You will also be asked to sign a release permitting publication and broadcast.