Transactional Law Practice Center Business Boot Camp "BBC" 2015

BBC 2013

Most areas of law require lawyers to have a working knowledge of business basics. Even litigators need to be able to figure out which defendants have the deepest pockets or why the business deal went awry. In fact, "64% of attorneys have a corporate practice and an additional 10% work as inside counsel, so nearly three-quarters of all practicing graduates are part of a corporate practice."* 

What is Business Boot Camp? Whether you are considering litigation or pursuing an interest in business/corporate law, Business Boot Camp offers essential information, techniques, and application of business concepts crucial to understanding client needs and analyzing their issues. The six session-long program is offered on a non-credit basis to up to 25 students and attorneys. This program is not “Accounting 101,” but it introduces finance, accounting, and other business concepts such as customer input and innovation strategies, market principles of supply and demand, risk analysis, pricing strategy, human resources, and many more.

Who Can Attend?  The program is open to Chase law students at all levels (1L, 2L, 3L and evening students who can take 3 days off) and, on a space-available basis, NKU graduate students and practicing attorneys. Law students and graduate students will be assigned to teams and work throughout the program on group assignments, culminating in a hypothetical business case which they will present to a panel of judges at a final competition. Attorneys attending all 5 morning sessions (Brad Bays) will be able to join a group for the case competition, if desired.

There are no prerequisites. If you know nothing about business, you’re welcome, but even students and attorneys who have studied business or finance say they have learned a lot.            

What’s My Commitment?  The program consists of six days of instruction followed by the competition; these meet the three weekdays before the beginning of spring semester (Jan 7-9) and three Saturdays (Jan 10, 17, 24).  Most days, the program runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; this includes an ample lunch break, when you’ll have time to work on group projects for the competition. Most sessions will be held at Chase, but some of the Saturday sessions will be at Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky law firms. 

What’s It Like?  The program is not for credit. The intention is to have fun while covering the topics. There are no pre-requisites and no stupid questions. This is an opportunity to learn some of those things that may have been nagging at you – what are revenues and profits? What’s the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement? How does a business figure out how much of a product to make, and how does it analyze risks?

Faculty: The core instructor of the 2014-15 Business Boot Camp is Brad Bays, the MBA program director at Miami University Farmer School of Business; his prior experience includes over 20 years at Procter & Gamble as a finance analyst and supply chain and purchasing executive. He also has experience translating these concepts for lawyers. Prof. Wagner, who practiced corporate law for over 30 years before coming to Chase, is the faculty coordinator and will lead some discussions and introduce other speakers, who are local business executives (and a few lawyers). 

Additional Insight: 2013 Business Boot Camp participant Alethea Busken '15 co-authored a feature article with Chase alumnus Jeffrey Heinichen '78 for the November 2013 Cincinnati Bar Association Report.

Attendance: You should not sign up if you are not committed to participating in the entire program. Students who cannot attend all of the program sessions should notify administrator Jeannine Abukhater Lambert to discuss alternate arrangements for missed sessions. Attorneys can register for only certain sessions via a webform and do not need to notify Jeannine Abukhater Lambert.

CLE: 20.75 CLE general credit hours applied for in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. See the schedule below.



Schedule is generally 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with time for one-on-one questions with the speakers and group work. Saturday, Jan. 24 does not follow the standard schedule.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
NKU Chase College of Law, room 310

9:00 a.m.    Financial Statements and Cost Management | Brad Bays [2.5 CLE anticipated]
12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Team Project Work
1:30 p.m.    Team-Building Exercise and Analysis | Prof. Barbara Wagner
2:00 p.m.    The Function of Human Resources and Issues that Business Face with HR | Jeni Fitzpatrick [2.0 CLE anticipated]

Thursday, January 8, 2015
NKU Chase College of Law, room 310

9:00 a.m.    Financial Ratio Analysis, Economics Concepts, and Time Value of Money | Brad Bays [2.75 CLE anticipated]
12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Team Project Work
2:00 p.m.    Public Companies: How to Glean Useful and Interesting Information from SEC Filings | Bridget Hoffman [2.0 CLE                   anticipated]

Friday, January 9, 2015
NKU Chase College of Law, room 310

9:00 a.m.    Valuation Methods, Project Evaluation, Pricing Strategies | Brad Bays [2.75 CLE anticipated]
12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Team Project Work
2:00 p.m.    What Banks and Investors Want to Know When Making Loans and Serving as Lenders | Eric Miller and Chris                         Compton [2.0 CLE anticipated]

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Cors & Bassett

9:00 a.m.    Marketing, Innovation, Supply Chain | Brad Bays [2.75 CLE anticipated]
12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Team Project Work
2:00 p.m.    Minding a Company's Image and Reputation | Jeff Zalla; New Businesses: Overview of Preparing a Business                         Plan - What is it and why do you need it? | Rebecca Volpe

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Reminger Co. (Ft. Mitchell location)

9:00 a.m.    Strategic Analysis and Strategy; Introduction of Case Competition | Brad Bays [2.0 CLE anticipated]
12:00 p.m.  Lunch and Team Project Work
2:00 p.m.    Making an Effective Group Presentation | Shelley Bamberger

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Wood Herron & Evans

1:30 p.m.    Panel: The Business of Running a Law Firm | James Crosset, Brian Rieger, Alan Pickett [1.0 CLE anticipated]
2:45 p.m.    Panel: Bringing Business (and Other) Skills to Being a Lawyer | Kevin Murphy and Whitney Westrich [1.0 CLE                         anticipated]

Friday, January 30, 2015
NKU Griffin Hall, George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium

4:00-7:00 p.m.    Team Case Competition

Boardroom 1
Boardroom 2
Boardroom 3

*Jon Garon, Legal Education in Disruption, 45 Connecticut Law Review 1165,1220 (2013) citing John P. Heinz et al., The Scale of Justice: Observations on the Transformation of Urban Law Practice, 27 Ann. Rev. Soc. 337, 340 (2001) and Susan Hackett, Inside Out: An Examination of Demographic Trends in the In-House Profession, 44 Ariz. L. Rev. 609, 619 (2002).