February 15, 2014 @ 8:00 am – February 16, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
Bannan Hall
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
CA 95053
Karin Carter

The ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. This year’s topic is First Amendment Law.

Twelve teams will meet and compete on February 15 and 16 at Santa Clara Law; the winning team will advance to the National Finals, held in March 2014 in Norman, OK.

Volunteer judges should have experience as either (1) attorneys, especially those with past experience with this competition or in First Amendment law, or (2) helping professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, counselors, ministers or the like.

Panels of two attorneys and one helping professional will evaluate teams based on various facets of professional legal interviewing skills. These volunteer judges will receive a summary of the hypothetical client problem, including judging instructions and scoring information in advance of the event.

Volunteer clients – drama students or community theater volunteers are sought for the role of clients at this event.  Clients will be asked to read and prepare a one- to two-page client profile to play the role of that particular client.

Volunteers are needed for three timeslots: Saturday, February 15 from 8:00 am to noon; Saturday, February 15 from noon to 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.   Rounds will be held in Bannan Hall at the Law School.  A light breakfast or lunch, along with parking will be provided to volunteers.

This competition provides students with a unique opportunity for law students to develop practical skills that will enable them to become proficient client advocates. Judges not only evaluate the competitors, but also use this as an opportunity to teach students effective client interviewing and counseling skills by providing constructive criticism and feedback after each competition round. This is an excellent opportunity for members of the legal community to actively instruct and participate in the development of the next generation of lawyers.

To volunteer as a judge, please visit: https://docs.google.com/a/scu.edu/forms/d/1po2h5iIWBdCVDOsi5uKkqta0N1MeslbqVhXnlsYug9s/edit#

To volunteer as a client, please visit: https://docs.google.com/a/scu.edu/forms/d/1po2h5iIWBdCVDOsi5uKkqta0N1MeslbqVhXnlsYug9s/edit#

For more information, please contact Karin Carter, Host Administrator, at kccarter@scu.edu.