Baylor Law Places Second and Wins Best Draft Term Sheet at the National Startup LawMeet Competition

March 27, 2017

Baylor Law Places Second and Wins Best Draft Term Sheet at the National Startup LawMeet® Competition

Group Photo of the National Startup Law competition
Team coach David Reid, Baylor Law student Ian Todd, Baylor MBA student Ashley Hodge, and Baylor Law student David Eskew

WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law students Ian Todd and David Eskew, and Baylor student Ashley Hodge placed Second Place overall and won Best Draft Term Sheet at the National StartUp LawMeet® competition.

The team featured a unique collaboration between Baylor Law and Baylor’s MBA program. Todd and Eskew are both enrolled in Baylor Law's joint MBA/JD degree plan and teammate Hodge is enrolled in Baylor’s MBA program. The team was coached by David Reid, Executive Director of the Baylor Angel Network at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

The Startup LawMeet® competition is "the premier interscholastic competition for students interested in a transactional practice involving entrepreneurial companies." The competition is open to students pursuing a professional or graduate degree, including JDs, MBAs, and other STEM programs who have an interest in how legal issues affect entrepreneurial ventures.

group photo of the team
Ashley Hodge, David Eskew, Ian Todd, Jami Carlisle, Matthew Turk, Connor Smotherman, and coach David Reid

Two teams from Baylor, comprising of JD and MBA students, entered the competition, and both advanced to the national finals held at the law offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California. To compete at the national competition, the teams first had to qualify over a twelve week competition period. The competition required the teams to face difficult corporate, securities, tax, and legal issues. Baylor Law student Jami Carlisle, and MBA students Connor Smotherman and Matthew Turk made up the second qualifying team.

"We are incredibly excited to have been honored at the National Startup LawMeet®," said Todd.

"The collaboration between Baylor Law School and the Baylor MBA program was a rewarding educational experience for all. We were successful in large part due to the support of the Law and MBA programs’ administrations," he said.

Todd highlighted the collaborative nature of the team, saying: "we owe a special thanks to David Reid, Executive Director of the Baylor Angel Network, for the many hours he dedicated to coach two teams and Nathaniel Jones from the law school IT department for his assistance in producing high quality work throughout. Hopefully, we have laid the groundwork for future collaboration between Baylor Law School and the Baylor MBA program going forward."

For more information about Baylor Law’s transactional programs, visit the Baylor Law website or email Professor Elizabeth Miller.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #3 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #51 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.

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