UW Law students Justin Top, Nick Behrens, and Connor Slivocka pictured with Professor Yaron Nili.A team from the University of Wisconsin Law School recently won two awards at a LawMeets moot court competition on transactional law, which advances them to the finals in New York City.

The team, comprised of Nick Behrens, Connor Slivocka, and Justin Top, won both best buyer draft and best buyer team at the competition, held on February 23 at University of Texas School of Law.  

This is the first year that UW Law has participated in the annual competition, which allows students to experience first-hand how transactional work is conducted in practice.

“This experience provides students with invaluable lessons that will serve them for years to come,” said Professor Yaron Nili, who supervised the team. “It was extremely rewarding to see our team put their new knowledge into practice by drafting and negotiating complex deal documents in such an impressive manner.”

Prior to the regional competition, the team spent several months learning about the transactional issues that the case posed. The team prepared a proposed draft agreement and provided markups on an agreement submitted by a team from another law school. They communicated with mock clients and adjusted their draft to address client needs. Mentoring from Professor Anne Smith and Mike Anderson, chief legal officer and senior vice president at CUNA Mutual Insurance Group, greatly benefitted the team, said Nili.

“This competition allowed our students to gain experience that is very close to what they may experience as practicing attorneys. They now have a deep understanding of some of the most important topics in transactional law,” said Nili. “It is another example of UW Law’s commitment to providing immersive, hands-on learning experiences.”

Submitted by Law School News on March 1, 2018

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