The Clark County Bar Association is recruiting Nevada attorneys and judges to volunteer at the William S. Boyd School of Law’s 23rd Annual Client Counseling Competition scheduled for Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, 2021. Most volunteers will be needed for the preliminary round on Friday, October 8. Volunteers should be Nevada attorneys, judges, or mediators. See below for info about the event and how to sign up to judge the competition.
What is the Client Counseling Competition?
The Client Counseling competition provides 1L and 2L students at Boyd their first opportunity to practice their interpersonal skills, as future attorneys, through a consultation with a mock client.
The 1L and 2L students form teams of two and consult with a mock client. The mock client has been given a detailed fact pattern to work off of (the student-teams do not know this fact pattern). It is the goal of competing students to attempt to get as many facts and issues out of the mock client within a fifteen minute timespan, all while maintaining a professional demeanor.
What does a judge do?
It is the role of the judge to observe student-teams assigned to them and score them on both their interpersonal communication skills and their ability to find potential legal issues from the mock client’s fact pattern.
What does a round consist of?
Each student-team will have roughly fifteen minutes to consult with the mock client. The judge will then have a few minutes to score the team and then will have five minutes to provide constructive feedback to the competing teams.
What are the round times?
Friday, October 8, 2021
- Preliminary Round 1: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
- Semi-finals: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
- Finals: 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Judging the competition qualifies as pro bono service!
To volunteer, complete the sign-up form no later than October 5, 2021.