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Students Win Competition

February 18, 2010

A two-member team of students from the University of Oklahoma College of Law competed in the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition on February 13 in St. Louis, Missouri, and were unanimously selected by competition judges as the first-place winner. The team of Madison Carey and Martin Howell will advance to the national finals in Waco, Texas, at Baylor Law School on March 19-20 where they will compete against teams from the other 11 regional competitions.

The Client Counseling Competition is one of four national competitions sponsored by the organization designed to help students develop skills they will use as practicing attorneys. The Client Counseling Competition simulates a client-attorney consultation during which the students, acting as lawyers, interview the “client” who has a legal problem and after eliciting facts, advise the client of the applicable law, explain the available options for proceeding and assist the client in making an informed choice.

Carey, who will graduate in May and hopes to practice environmental law, is from Muskogee. Howell, born and raised in Oklahoma City, is completing his second year of law school. Two other second-year law students, Bevan Graybill, Muskogee, and Ann Robl, Tuttle, served as alternates and coaches, advising the Carey-Howell team throughout the five rounds of the St. Louis competition. Professor Meredith Wegener coached the team and assisted with their preparation in Norman.

By: Jonella Frank