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JD/MBA student part of winning team

Published: 2014-04-03

Ryan Harmanis

Ryan Harmanis entered the prestigious Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition with a not-so-secret weapon: his training in Fisher’s MBA course work.

A student in the Juris Doctor/ MBA dual-degree program, Harmanis helped lead a team of law students from Moritz College of Law to victory over 23 other schools, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Florida, William & Mary and Georgetown University. The competition, held last month at the Widener University School of Law in Delaware, focused on a breach of fiduciary duty during a corporate merger.

“Moot court is a big deal, and this was especially interesting because it was a corporate case competition under Delaware law, where many Fortune 500 companies are based -- and my work in the MBA program meant that I was very comfortable with the language,” Harmanis explained.

“Being able to understand and talk in-depth about issues like the present value of cash flow was extremely helpful -- not just at the competition with judges and practitioners, but also as our team was preparing . . . If a case is 50 pages and 20 pages is how a merger occurred, you become a resource.”

Harmanis decided to pursue a JD/MBA degree with a number of future career paths in mind.

“An advisor once told me that everything you do early in your career should open doors, not close them,” he said. “I thought the MBA at Fisher would be a great way to open more doors.”