Allyson Fleming wins The Closer Transactional Law Competition at Baylor Law School
By: James Grega
Moritz College of Law 3L Allyson Fleming had less than 72 hours to be briefed on a case, conduct interviews, plan and present her case to a panel of judges.
By the end of the weekend, Fleming came back to Columbus a winner of The Closer National Transactional Law Competition at Baylor University (The Closer), which features some of the top moot court law students in the country.
“It was definitely taxing. There was a lot to go through. But it inspired a lot of confidence that I could do this,” Fleming said. “It reaffirmed that this is the area of law I want to be in.”
Coached by Professor Paige Wilson, Fleming was tasked with negotiating a fictitious transaction between two health care entities. Representing “Southwest Sports Medicine and Orthopedics,” Fleming and her fellow competitors were judged on their “knowledge of legal and financial issues, presence and professionalism, and their ability to find creative solutions to reach an agreement that satisfies their client’s objectives while under strict time constraints.”
Fleming and co-winner Carolyn Griffith from Indiana University Maurer School of Law were eventually selected as the winners of The Closer out of 12 competitors by a panel of five judges. It was the first time Moritz had competed in the four-year history of the competition.
“The competition was a wonderful experience, with many impressive participants from all over the country,” Wilson said. “Ally worked incredibly hard, diving into the documents and analyzing the issues. I served as a sounding board for her strategy. She won with her preparation and professionalism.”
After receiving her undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of Kentucky, Fleming enrolled at Moritz in the autumn of 2017. She has since served as a summer associate at Jones Day and said her experience in The Closer competition confirmed that transactional law is the area she wants to practice upon graduation.
“It’s competitions like The Closer and the actual summer work that shows you what it looks like in practice. Getting that affirmation was a big bonus for me,” she said.
After participating in the moot court programs at Moritz since her 1L year, Fleming said that she would encourage all law students to get involved in moot court to get the real-world experience that you can’t always get in the classroom.
“There are a lot of rewarding aspects of the moot court program, specifically the real-world experience. You get to work with other people,” Fleming said. “Even though I didn’t have a teammate in this competition, I had a professor I worked with closely that was able to provide mentorship and guidance.
“It’s a unique opportunity,” she continued. “You don’t have a job at stake, but I know people who have done well at competitions and had practitioners come up to them and ask if they had a job lined up. Not only does it look good on a resume, but it could potentially lead to a job.”
(All photos courtesy of Baylor Law)