UMKC Law School is hosting the ABA Law Student Regional Client Counseling Competition on Saturday, February 4, 2017. In particular, UMKC needs judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition on Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.
The topic this year is Privacy law – which could be any kind of privacy health, educational, communication, personal, professional, or business privacy – but you needn’t have any expertise or experience in this field. The competition really simply tests students’ abilities to connect with a client, listen and respond appropriately in the initial client interview. You would receive Missouri CLE credit for your participation and, by way of a training video I will provide to all judges, you can earn 1 hour of ethics credit as well. UMKC will have breakfast and lunch for judges at the competition.
This is a very enjoyable way to help our students learn. The competition simulates a law office consultation in which student lawyers conduct an interview with a “client.” Following the interview, the student lawyers explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. The Client Counseling Competition promotes greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice and encourages students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office.
If you are available to judge the ABA Client Counseling Competition, please let Barbara Glesner Fines know as soon as possible. If you know others who would be interested in judging, please feel free to send them my way. You may call me at 816-235-2380 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.