Melissa Demorest, one of our firm’s strongest transactional attorneys, has committed to help judge Wayne State Law School’s Transactional Law Competition on this Friday, November 10th. Going back to her alma mater, Melissa hopes to help students refine their negotiation and drafting skills as they bring a mergers and acquisitions problem to the boardroom by sitting on the judging panel and evaluating the students within the boundaries of their case statement.
This competition has been developed by the law school to help budding attorneys learn the practical skills involved with negotiating contracts and advocating for the clients’ interests. It centers around the law students’ representation of either a buyer or a seller in a fictional business transaction. Broken up into teams of two, these students will have had the opportunity to draft an agreement and also review and revise the other party’s version of the agreement. This prior work will ultimately culminate in a sit down between the teams and a real-time negotiation of the terms of the deal in front of experienced transactional attorneys who will act as judges. Students will also get the chance to network with the judges after the competition. Melissa is excited to have the opportunity to share the types of negotiation tactics and professional demeanor that she brings to the table when representing her clients in sophisticated transactional matters.
This article was written by Nezar Habhab, Law Clerk.