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Naveen Thomas : Courses and Seminars

Advanced Contract Drafting: General Corporate Agreements
LAWS 79918
This seminar builds upon introductory contract drafting coursework and provides intensive instruction in the drafting and review of some of the most central types of contracts in general corporate legal practice. As such, it aims to develop students’ drafting skills and to prepare them to excel at all levels in law firms’ various corporate groups. We will begin the seminar by reviewing the different kinds of provisions that appear in any contract and reinforcing various key drafting considerations. With these principles in mind, we will then introduce and study several of the most important contracts on which corporate attorneys work, including merger agreements, credit agreements, and underwriting agreements. The majority of the seminar will be spent exploring these agreements, how their provisions interact with one another, and how best to draft and negotiate such agreements in the context of a client’s objectives, the specific nature of a transaction, its particular legal and business risks, and each party’s relative leverage in the negotiation. Throughout the seminar, students will engage in several drafting exercises both in and out of class and in group simulations involving both competition and collaboration. Materials will include publicly available agreements from actual transactions as well as form contracts that are often used as the basis for drafting. Grades will be based upon class participation, a series of drafting exercises, and a final take-home assignment. Contract Drafting and Review (LAWS 79912), or else instructor permission, is a prerequisite for registration in the seminar.
Winter 2014
Naveen Thomas
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter.
Autumn 2013
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics.
Autumn 2013
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications. 2L students only.
Spring 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics. 2L students only.
Spring 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: CDW, Integrys Energy, Italian Trade Commission, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln Center, McDonald's, Schreiber Foods, Schneider National and Sony Electronics.
Winter 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter. 2L students only.
Spring 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience, and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class). Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the clinic for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Accenture, Allstate, General Mills, Honeywell, IBM, Innova, and Northern Trust. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee in the publishing of a quarterly newsletter.
Winter 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications.
Winter 2014
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen
Corporate Lab Clinic
LAWS 91562
This transactional clinic provides students with a forum for working closely with legal and business teams at multinational participant companies. The primary goal of the Corporate Lab is for students to learn practical legal skills, both (a) substantively, in terms of the corporate “building blocks” necessary to understand complex transactions and (b) professionally, in terms of implementing such knowledge efficiently and meaningfully within the context of a wide array of careers as lawyers and business leaders. This class mirrors a real world work experience: students will receive hands-on substantive and client-development experience and will be expected to manage and meet expectations and deadlines while exercising a high level of professionalism. As a result, this class is likely to involve a significant commitment (with a substantial amount of work to be completed outside of class).Student grades will be based upon participation in the classroom, appropriate attention to client services, collaborative efforts within a team environment, and quality of work product. This offering will not count toward seminar restrictions. Please note that (i) students who register are expected to remain in the course for three consecutive quarters, (ii) students may not take the Corporate Lab for more than nine credits, and (iii) LL.M. students may register by instructor permission only. Students will also be required to sign nondisclosure agreements with participating companies. While certainly not a prerequisite, “Contracts and Commercial Transactions” (offered Autumn Quarter) is strongly recommended to all students prior to, or concurrent with, taking this class. Clients in this section are expected to include some or all of the following: Amazon, Baxter Healthcare, the Booth School of Business New Venture Challenge (Spring Quarter), GE Capital, Microsoft, Nike, and Verizon Communications.
Autumn 2013
David Zarfes, Sean Z. Kramer, Naveen Thomas, Ellis A. Regenbogen