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Winners of 2012 W&L Law Client Counseling Competition Announced

The 2012 Client Counseling Competition concluded in the Millhiser Moot Court Room with the final round on Wednesday, November 14.  Jessica Piltch and Shahnam Yazdani emerged as the winning team.  The team of Emily Feenstra and Chelsea Richmond received second place.   Fizza Naqvi and Brittany Rainey also competed in the finals.

Washington and Lee alumnus and local attorney, John Vita, ’84, ’88L, judged the final round.  While a law student at Washington and Lee, Mr. Vita received Best Oralist in the 1986 John W. Davis Moot Court Competition and later served on the Moot Court Executive Board.

During the competition, the client receives a fact pattern, and the competitors receive a brief description of the reason for the client’s visit.  The competitors interview and counsel the client on his/her legal problem.  The competition evaluates students’ ability to establish a rapport with the client, discover relevant facts, spot legal issues, and adhere to codes of professional responsibility.

Administrators for the Client Counseling Competition were third-year students Christopher Bou Saeed, Misha Daha, and Garrett Greiner.  The Moot Court Executive Board administers all competitions for the Moot Court Program, which includes the Robert J. Grey, Jr. Negotiations Competition, the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition, Client Counseling, Mock Trial, and Mediation in Representation.  For more information about Moot Court and upcoming competitions, please visit http://law.wlu.edu/mootcourt.