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Law Team Wins National Championship at Transactional Law Meet

Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2011

After two days of competition, the Transactional Law Team from Western New England School of Law, consisting of third year students Isaac Mass and Julie McKenna, was declared national champions. There were teams from 30 law schools from across the country competing. The Transactional Law Meet tests teams of law students as they represent their clients in a hypothetical business transaction. This year, students worked with a locally famous family-owned restaurant chain that hoped to go national.

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(L-R) National champions Isaac Mass and Julie McKenna joined by judges Joan Schwartz, Associate General Counsel of Airgas, Inc., Kenneth Young, Partner at Dechert LLP, Jason Koenig, Principal at Hale Capital Partners, and Charles Middleton, SVP and Tax Counsel at Oxbow Corp.

On the first day of the competition, the Western New England team defeated William and Mary Law School as well as Hofstra, which allowed them to advance to the semi-finals along with nine other teams. On the second day of the competition, Western New England beat the University of Richmond in the semi-finals and prevailed over UCLA in the final round. The team was coached by Eric Gouvin, Professor of Law and Director of Western New England's Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, and participated in practice rounds judged by Associate Professor of Law Rene Reich-Graefe and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Robert Statchen. In addition, Adjunct Professor Robert Sawyer, General Counsel at Friendly Ice Cream, providing additional consulting advice on the restaurant business.

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