Clarke Program on Law, Finance, and Transactions

Transactional Lawyering Competition

In addition to Cornell Law School's core business law curriculum, the BLI is introducing students to a different way of thinking about deals and lawyering in an effort to expand their practical skills.

Each year, the Law School hosts the Transactional Lawyering Competition, essentially a "moot court for deal lawyers," and the only intramural competition of its kind. Student teams of two lawyers each represent buyers and sellers of a hotel/resort property in the Finger Lakes Region. Students are judged on the basis of their "mark-up" of a modified asset purchase agreement and their ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of their respective clients. Winners of that competition then represent Cornell at a national competition. 

Past alumni judges have included:

John Alexander '71 (Sayles & Evans)

David Boehnen '88 (Dorsey & Whitney)

John Calandra '91 (McDermott Will & Emery)

William Casazza '85 (Aetna)

Robert Feiner '85 (Feiner Wolfson)

Todd Feinsmith '91 (Pepper Hamilton)

Dean Fournaris '91 (Wiggin & Dana)

David Furman '83 (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher)

Joel Hartstone '70 (Stonegate Capital Group)

Denise Hauselt '83 (formerly Corning)

Sarah Hewitt '82 (Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis)

Adele Hogan '85 (Hogan Law Associates)

Jim Kaput '86 (Zebra Technologies)

Sandra Lambert '80 (Kadant)

Thomas Malone '05 (Latham & Watkins)

Ira Marcus '74 (Saiber) Deborah McClean '78 (Nixon Peabody)

Ray Minella '74 (Cornell Law School)

Joshua Nathan '91 (Private Practice)

Brendan O'Connor '05 (Honeywell International)

Dale Okonow '83 (The Watermill Group)

Adrianne Payson '00 (DLA Piper)

Jay Rakow '77 (

Elke Rehbock '04 (Dentons)

Mack Rosoff (Rosoff & Co.)

Stanley Schwartz '69 (Orloff, Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel)

William Shiland '83 (Rexford Management Company)

Andy Stamelman '83 (Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman)

Al Uluatam '91 (State Street/Global Treasury Legal)

Mark Underberg '81 (Cardozo School of Law)

Stephen Urban '90 (Connell Foley)

Sara Werner (Dentons)