Baylor Law School students Craig Stango and Charmaine Milner have been named the winners of the 2010 Naman Howell Smith and Lee Client Counseling Competition, an intramural competition. Brittney Johnson and Paul Green finished in second place, and Huma Patel and Carolyn Key placed third.
Seventeen teams participated in this year's competition for which the topic was the professional responsibility of lawyers and judges. The competition problems, which were provided by the American Bar Association Law Students Division, raised challenging ethical issues.
Client counseling competitions simulate the initial meetings between attorneys and potential clients. Competitors are judged on their ability to establish a rapport with clients, their method in gathering facts of a case, their discussion of ethical issues and legal fees, and other related questions that arise between attorneys and clients.
The two teams that will represent Baylor in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition will be selected from among the competitors in the Naman, Howell competition. In February 2011, two Baylor teams will travel to Wyoming to compete against 10 other teams in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition. Team members will be chosen from the students who competed in the Naman Howell competition. The regional winner will advance to the National Client Counseling Competition later in the spring.