Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ron Gilson Headlines Transactional Skills Program and Reception at AALS - Be There!

UnknownIf you are interested in a nice blend of theory and practice, and then are inclined to have a drink on somebody else's dime, you'll want to take in two events the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills is hosting at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York on January 3-4, 2014.  

***Shameless promotion and conflict of interest warning:  even though the esteemed Eric Gouvin, dean of the Western New England Law School and chair of the section asked me to post this, I'm one of the panel participants.***

First, the Section's program "Value Creation By Business Lawyers in the 21st Century” features Prof. Ronald Gilson (above left) as the main presenter.  It is scheduled for Saturday January 4th from 4-5:45pm.  

In 1984, the Yale Law Journal published one of the foundational scholarly articles in the study of transactional law, Professor Ronald Gilson’s “Value Creation by Business Lawyers.”  In the years since its publication the article has fueled a robust debate on the role of business lawyers and the justification for the services they provide.  On the thirtieth anniversary of that influential article this program will re-examine Professor Gilson’s thesis, evaluate the impact of the article, and discuss the prospects for business lawyers creating value in the 21st Century. 
The program will have two parts-

(i)            Part one will feature Professor Gilson, along with our two speakers (Professor Jeff Lipshaw and Professor Elizabeth Pollman). Professor Gilson will be speaking for approximately 20 minutes, followed by Professors Lipshaw and Pollman.   [Ed:  I've posted my essay "What Is It Like To Be a Beetle? The Timelessness Problem in Gilson's Value Creation Thesis."]

(ii)           Part two will feature presentation of the two papers selected from the call for papers.  We have two terrific papers selected for presentation: (1) Professor Susan R. Jones (The George Washington University Law School) & Professor Jacqueline Lainez (The University of Richmond School of Law) will present Viewing Value Creation by Business Lawyers Through The Lens of Transactional Legal Clinics, and (2) Professor Karl Okamoto will present Value Creation in StartUp Lawyering. 

The panel will then be followed by 15 minutes of discussion and questions/comments from the audience. We will conclude the program with a short 5 minute business meeting. 

Second, the Practical Law Company, which is now a division of Thomson Reuters, is sponsoring a reception in honor of the Section.  Here are the details:

Event:                   Thomson Reuters Reception for the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills

Date/Time:         Friday, January 3, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location:              Conference Room F, Executive Conference Center, Sheraton New York, 811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, New York, NY  10019

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