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Moot Court Draws 12 Law Schools in Fierce Competition

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Western New England University School of Law hosted the New England Regional round for the National Law Meet competition. The Law Meet is a moot court competition for deal-lawyers. Student teams gather facts from a client in connection with a transaction, draft a document, then negotiate the deal in front of judges. The event features twelve of the northeast region’s top law schools and is one of seven regional competitions being held nationwide. The competition is designed to provide “teachable moments” for the judges to mentor the participants. “We are proud to host the New England regional competition for the third time. The event is a good opportunity to showcase the School of Law to competitors from across the northeast and to highlight the members of the local bar who serve as judges, most of whom are alumni,” says Eric Gouvin, dean and professor of law at Western New England University School of Law.

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The Western New England team finished as semi-finalists (second place). Only the top teams from each side of the deal get to proceed to the national competition. “We don’t have many options to get real transactional law experiences, so this was a great opportunity. I learned a lot today,” said Megan MacKenzie. Law Schools participating included American University, Boston College, Boston University, Cleveland Marshall, Cornell, Drexel, Georgetown, New York Law School, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Pennsylvania, Wayne State and Western New England, represented by law students Chelsea Brochu, Megan MacKenzie and Tatenda Chitemere.

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Pictured above (left to right) are Dean Eric Gouvin, Faculty Coach, Chelsea Brochu, Megan MacKenzie, Tatenda Chitemerere.

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