(Boston) — Veteran attorney, banker and educator Tina L. Stark will head a new transactional law program at Boston University School of Law, effective July 1. It will supplement and further enhance the school’s Business Organizations and Finance Law concentration program.
“BU Law recognizes that employers need law graduates who both understand the theory of law and have specialized training that prepares them to make significant contributions from the day they join a legal organization,” said Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke. “Tina Stark was one of the first people to teach transactional skills. Her understanding of business and transactions, honed by years of experience as a banker, practitioner, trainer, and professor, will greatly enhance our ability to prepare students for practice. She will be a tremendous asset to BU Law and our students.”
Stark is currently a professor at Emory University School of Law and the Executive Director of Emory’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice. She recently was selected as one of 24 teachers for a study, “What the Best Law Teachers Do,” by Washburn University School of Law. Her teaching emphasizes the relationship between law and business, drawing on her experience as a corporate law partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP and as a banker at Irving Trust Company.
“Tina has been on the cutting edge of teaching lawyers and law students professional, practical and translatable transactional skills, an area where innovations are gaining traction in U.S. law schools,” said Jane Eiselein, director of professional development at Ropes & Gray. “Her knowledge has been important in addressing the gap between law school and law practice, and she will be a significant contributor to developing talent at BU Law School and in the Boston community.”
Previously, Stark was an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School for 14 years, teaching drafting, transactional skills and business. She also has served as a consultant to an English law school in creating their transactional law curriculum. At Chadbourne, she had a broad-based transactional practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations and financings, and developed and implemented the firm’s corporate training program.
“I am delighted to be joining BU,” said Stark. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty to create a first-rate program for teaching BU students transactional law and skills. BU has a long-standing commitment to the teaching of transactional law, and I am excited to join them in their efforts to provide students with a strong foundation in the law and practice-ready skills.”
Stark is a published author, including numerous articles and the widely used text book, “Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do” (Aspen Publishers Inc., 2007). She is also editor-in-chief and co-author of “Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate” (ALM Publishing, 2003). In 2012, American Lawyer Media will publish her treatise “A Handbook for Contract Drafting.”
Stark received her A.B., with honors, from Brown University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a contributing editor to the Journal of International Law & Politics. After law school, she clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals and was an associate with Barrett Smith Schapiro Simon & Armstrong.
Stark is a former co-chair of the Committee on Business Law Education, a committee of the ABA Section of Business Law. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a member, by appointment of New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, of The Professional Education Project which studied the legal education continuum in New York State and recommended, among other things, mandatory continuing legal education.
“Law schools have long struggled with the challenge of teaching effective transactional law,” said Prof. William D. Henderson of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. “For the last twenty years, many of the nation’s leading firms have turned to Tina Stark to fill this large skills gap. The reason is simple: Her innovative workshops and teaching materials create powerful, intuitive frameworks for understanding complex transaction, plus these concepts are made immediately concrete through realistic problems and simulations that develop hands-on skills. It is a huge coup for Boston University to hire Tina Stark. Her pedagogy sets the standard for legal transactional training, both in practice and in law schools.”
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.