On Saturday, January 28th, 2017, twelve teams competed in the day-long American College of Bankruptcy LawMeet® Competition hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and co-sponsored by LawMeets and the American College of Bankruptcy. Lobel Weiland Golden Friedman LLP Partner Jeffrey Golden served as a mentor for the competition.
LawMeets® was founded in 2010 by Drexel University law professor Karl Okamoto as a way to deliver practical skills exercises to law students interested in transactional law. He organized the first Transactional LawMeet, with 11 participating teams, in 2010. This year, LawMeets organized the 8thth Annual Transactional LawMeet®, with 84 participating teams. In 2011, LawMeets added the Intellectual Property LawMeet®, and most recently in 2016 the Startup LawMeet® competition. In addition to hosting competitions for law students, LawMeets creates practical skills exercises for law professors that are delivered via an online platform.
The American College of Bankruptcy is an invitation-only honorary association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. The College has approximately 900 active Fellows, including attorneys, judges, trustees, accountants, turnaround consultants, law professors, government officials and others who work in the bankruptcy and insolvency community in the U.S and around the world. This negotiation competition was developed as part of the College’s commitment to advancing legal education and professionalism in the bankruptcy field; it was first presented in 2013 and conducted biennially since then, in partnership with LawMeets beginning in 2015.