Congratulations Dual JD 3L students Adam Fucile and Joseph Tung and their Detroit Mercy Law coach Prof. David Joswick, overall winning team of The Regional Transactional LawMeet Competition held on Friday, February 24 at Northwestern University School of Law, earning them the opportunity to compete in the National LawMeet in New York on March 31.
Adam and Joseph competed against eleven other teams from across North America including UCLA, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Their head-to-head negotiations were with teams from Emory and Notre Dame.
The LawMeet Competition is the premier competition for law students interested in developing and honing skills necessary for representing a client in a real-life business transaction.
The competing teams - 84 this year, from across the country - are assigned to represent one of the parties to a pending transaction, and during the two months leading up to the regional competition they get to do many of the things transactional lawyers do in practice - interview a client, structure a transaction, conduct due diligence, draft one of more of the transactional documents, and markup a draft of a document prepared by a team representing the other party.
These activities culminate in the regional competition where each team negotiates with two teams representing the other party (one negotiation in the morning, the other in the afternoon) to resolve differences between their draft documents in order to complete the transaction.
Experienced transactional practitioners, who grade each team’s drafting skills and effectiveness in representing a client’s interests in negotiations, judge the competition. Their combined scores earned Adam and Joseph the first place finish!
Adam and Joseph’s success was the result of many hours of hard work and dedication leading up to the regional competition, a time during which they were required to wrestle with unfamiliar legal concepts and develop new, and improve existing, skills. Their efforts brought recognition and honor to them, and also to UDM.