Maurer School team in top four at LawMeets competition

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre

A team of three Indiana University Maurer School of Law students claimed one of the top four places this month at the sixth annual LawMeets nationwide case competition.

LawMeets reflects the fact that, as the legal field becomes increasingly saturated, many law students are exploring nontraditional legal careers and using case competitions as opportunities to practice the skills necessary in fields like transactional law.

Members of the IU Maurer School of Law team were, from left, Kyle McHugh, Angela Ayala and Matt Leist.

Members of the IU Maurer School of Law team were, from left, Kyle McHugh, Angela Ayala and Matt Leist.

The Maurer team, made up of Angela Ayala, Kyle McHugh and Matt Leist, competed against 13 other teams of law students on April 10. Teams from the University of Colorado and Emory University law schools were named national champions. The Maurer team and a second Emory team were semi-finalists.

LawMeets was founded in 2010 as an avenue for law students to develop the practical skills necessary to succeed in transactional law, which include litigation surrounding commercial transactions and consideration of factors such as the jurisdiction in which parties and assets are located, government regulations, regulatory requirements and the nature of the transaction.

The competition required law students to draft and negotiate an asset purchase agreement for the sale of a family-owned business to a private equity purchaser. The students had two months to draft the asset purchase agreement, interview their clients and mark up opposing teams’ drafts.

“As law schools recognize the value of business-oriented skills in the workplace, the opportunities for non-litigation competition experiences are growing,” said Mark Need, faculty advisor for Maurer’s case competition team and clinical professor at IU Maurer School of Law. “LawMeets is among the most prestigious and competitive of the current competitions and this year’s team put in a lot of hard work and preparation, which paid off in the national finals.”

The competition began with 84 teams delivering live negotiations in late February at seven regional sites. Only two teams advanced from each region to compete in the national round.

Other teams in the national competition included American University Washington College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and the law schools of Widener University and of the universities of Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi and South Dakota.

Competitors were judged by top practitioners and lawyers in New York City. The competition was sponsored by Bloomberg Law and Practical Law.

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