Our mission is to be a pioneer and leading provider of experiential learning in practical lawyering skills and continuing legal education. Thus, the focus of AltaClaro Intensives, is on the practical over the theoretical; the doing over the listening
AltaClaro's courses are designed to offer participants the opportunity to acquire hands-on knowledge and to apply this knowledge and develop their practical lawyering skills through simulations and real-time feedback. The emphasis on simulations engages and challenges students to practice these skills in context, using real-life scenarios, and allows them to receive personalized feedback on their work-all in a "safe environment."
AltaClaro's courses are designed to offer participants the opportunity to acquire hands-on knowledge and to apply this knowledge and develop and re ne their practical lawyering skills through simulations and real-time feedback. The emphasis on simulations engages and challenges students to practice these skills in context, using real-life scenarios, and allows them to receive invidualized feedback on their work-all in a "safe environment."
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I really enjoyed being a part of the AltaClaro Intensives Training Program in Corporate Transactions. I learned from experienced practitioners and the one-on-one sessions gave me an opportunity to take a deep dive and simulate real world tasks in the areas covered by the group sessions. The program has given me invaluable practical skills and insights I can utilize as I try to build a career in corporate law. Would recommend AltaClaro with two thumbs up!
Through the AltaClaro Intensives Training Program in Corporate Transactions, I developed practical legal skills that went far beyond the legal training provided in law school. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work on corporate transaction assignments that were similar to what a law firm associate would experience. What I liked most was the feedback provided by the program instructors. They critiqued my work and advised me on the expectations and responsibilities required of me in a practical legal setting. Overall, the program has given me more confidence and prepared me to enter the practice of law.
Loved the one-on-one sessions and homework assignments! Each instructor takes the time to work through the material with you so that you can understand the actual practice of law and not just the theory. The one-on-one sessions provide a unique chance to delve deeper into questions with your instructor that are tailored to your individual strengths and weaknesses.
There is definitely a big need for this … Senior partners at firms are not spending enough time [on training] and most professional education out there is superficial. [AC] can expand very quickly into other markets.
I really enjoyed the program. It hit the right mark between being challenging and yet manageable for someone who is working while taking the program. The one-on-ones were especially useful. The part I enjoyed most was doing the assignments and having a chance to go through my work with qualified instructors who gave me great feedback. The way the assignments were designed (e.g., diving into term sheets and draft agreements, etc.), directed your attention to the important parts of the transaction. I learned what to look for in typical deals and how to identify vital aspects of the deal agreements. Very useful learning for the limited time we had. This was a great intro course; I gained some technical skills that will come in handy. The depth was enough so that you have something you can take home with you. Once I took the course and saw the time and investment involved in the instructions and the type of people teaching, the price seemed reasonable and worth it to me. If AltaClaro did another program just like this on another topic, I would sign up for it!
Julie Ryan is AltaClaro’s Head of Experiential Learning, where she leads and oversees course design, development, and instruction for AltaClaro’s Intensives Training Programs.
Julie is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and previously served as Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills at USC Gould School of Law for nine years. Julie teaches courses in contract drafting, legal writing and advocacy, mergers & acquisitions, business planning, and transactional lawyering skills.
Julie is also a partner at Acceleron Law Group, focusing on strategic and commercial transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financing, partnerships and joint ventures, contracts, licensing, entity formation and structuring, and other general corporate matters. She also handles SEC and other regulatory compliance issues. She represents companies in a variety of industries, including financial services and technology.
Previously, Julie was a partner at Russ August & Kabat, a Los Angeles-based law firm, where she helped spearhead the firm’s corporate practice. Prior to joining Russ August & Kabat, Julie practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Clifford Chance in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., in the fields of cross-border finance, securities, and international mergers and acquisitions.
Julie is also author of an upcoming book, titled “Transactional Lawyering: An Experiential Approach to Communication & Problem-Solving” (Carolina Academic Press). Rooted in Julie’s innovative teaching approach, the book is designed to be the go-to guide for law students and lawyers seeking to develop and hone their transactional lawyering skills.
Robert Rugani’s practice focuses on corporate legal services for emerging growth and mid-cap companies, with an emphasis on equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, sales and divestitures, venture fund representation, domestic and international strategic relationships, corporate governance and other strategic business counseling.
Robert has represented a wide variety of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 public companies in various industries covering hardware and software, alternative energy, consumer products, entertainment and real estate. Robert takes pride and interest in immediately engrossing himself with his client's business and management team to support, empower and expand their business objectives.
Prior to co-founding Acceleron Law Group in 2015, Robert was a partner at Fortis General Counsel, LLP, which was recognized by U.S. News & Report as a Tier 1 California corporate law firm and by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 50 boutique law firms in California. Prior to that, Robert developed his corporate and finance practice at the law firms of Sidley Austin LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, respectively.
Helen Choi teaches at USC Gould School of Law focusing on Contract Drafting and Negotiation, as well as Directed Research. She currently teaches undergraduate advanced writing at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and argumentation at the USC Annenberg School of Communication.
Helen was senior corporate lawyer in New York and California at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and she is a member of the bar in California and New York. At UC Berkeley, she earned a BA in Philosophy with high honors and a BA in Ethnic Studies with highest honors, and she graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude.
Stephen B. Kaplitt began his career as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, both in New York. Kaplitt received his JD cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, and his AB in Government with High Honors from Dartmouth College.
Now, an independent attorney Kaplitt, has an unusual blend of legal, operational, management and government skills. His 20 years of experience includes an aggregate of $3 billion in corporate, finance and M&A transactions with New York law firms and the International Finance Corporation, and serving as General Counsel of both an SEC-registered investment advisory firm and a $350 million multinational public company. He has traveled to over 30 countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Central Europe and the Baltics.
Philip Colbran is a senior transactional attorney with over 30 years experience focusing on corporate and securities practice. A former partner of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and former Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP in New York and associate at Freehills in Australia, Mr. Colbran has extensive experience in US and international corporate finance.
He has represented global financial institutions, corporations, issuers, placement agents and underwriters in connection with domestic and international public offerings, IPO’s and private placements of debt and equity, including derivative structured securities, MTN programs, Rule 144A offerings of high-yield and investment grade debt, cross border and other negotiated acquisitions, and joint ventures.
He has provided advice and counsel on public company governance and disclosure, SEC compliance, Investment Company Act compliance and related corporate and securities transactions. He is experienced in structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions. He has been responsible for managing large transactions and client service teams.
Philip has advised senior management and in-house counsel on transactional matters, securities law and compliance issues, securities regulations, SEC disclosures and compliance, broker-dealer compliance, strategic and business issues, Sarbanes Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act.
Alan Himmelstein is an experienced transactional attorney and counselor with over 25 years of in-house experience following eight years in private practice. He took on increasing responsibility in-house first at cellular telephone operator MetroMobile and then at chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Ciba-Geigy Corporation and its spin-off, Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation, culminating with his role as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ciba’s specialty polymers spin-off, Vantico, Inc.
Alan then shifted to the oil and gas shipping industry, where he served as Assistant General Counsel of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc.. In these various roles and industries, he gained experience in US and international corporate finance, supply chain and procurement, logistics and shipping, marketing, sales and distribution, information technology (including outsourcing), intellectual property licensing, employment law, joint ventures and various corporate and M&A transactions. He has advised his public company clients on corporate governance and disclosure, SEC compliance and securities transactions.
Alan has extensive experience in selecting, engaging and partnering with outside counsel. He has learned from trial and error how to staff transactions with in-house and outside counsel and achieve good working relationships between the two.
AltaClaro's mission is to be a pioneer and leading provider of experiential learning in practical lawyering skills and continuing legal education. Thus, the focus of AltaClaro Intensives, our core course offerings, is on the practical over the theoretical; the doing over the listening.
Per AltaClaro Intensive Program, including 4 modules, totaling 4 hours of video instruction, 4 practical assignments and 4 personalized one-on-one sessions.
Each Program Includes: