Lewis & Clark Law Students Place Third in National Client Counseling Competition
Third-year law students Cecilia Anguiano and Danielle Hennessey captured third place at the National ABA Client Counseling Competition on March 17 in Durham, NC. This is the second consecutive year that the law school has placed a team in the national finals, and last year’s team placed second in the nation.
The team, coached by Adjunct Professor Troy Nixon, eliminated a team from Texas A&M University’s law school to advance to the finals.
The Client Counseling Competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs.
Students are called on to explain various aspects of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals, and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client.