Cumberland Places Third at the National Client Counseling Competition

Posted: Tue, 03/26/2013 - 11:45

WACO, Texas -- The week of March 17, Cumberland School of Law’s National Client Counseling team of (pictured from left) Victoria Ebrahimi (third-year) and Kayla Schoen (second-year) advanced to the championship round of the American Bar Association’s National Client Counseling Competition held at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. The team placed third overall. A team from Drake University Law School won the competition and Villanova School of Law placed second. Overall, 138 teams from 91 ABA-approved law schools from across the country competed in this year’s competition. Ms. Ebrahimi and Ms. Schoen advanced through three preliminary rounds with 12 teams from around the country, eight semifinal rounds, and then competed in the championship round.

“It was a truly amazing experience to go so far in the competition. We were able to make it to the national finals not only because of the practical training offered at Cumberland, but also due to the gracious and valuable support of Professor Davis and the rest of the staff,” noted Ms. Ebrahimi. Cumberland Professor LaJuana S. Davis coached the team.

Ms. Schoen added, “I just feel so proud for our team to have accomplished so much this year. The support from our coach, the school and our fellow team members are what made it all possible. I’m excited for Cumberland to continue to show our strength on a national level.”

Before advancing to the national rounds, Ebrahimi and Schoen took top honors at the Region Five of the Client Counseling Competition at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 9. Region Five includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee.

In the Client Counseling Competition, students interview and build rapport with a client in a law office setting. The students then explain the client’s available options, identify non-legal and legal courses of action that are consistent with the client’s objectives, and point out the likely consequences and risks for the client in choosing certain paths. Students also explain attorney-client confidentiality, fee arrangements, and plan the next steps for handling the client’s case.