Cooley Law students win ABA Client Counseling Regional Competition


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School students Devin Blue and Matt Hotchkiss won the Region 6 American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition in Akron, Ohio, on Feb. 17 and will advance to the national competition in March. Other WMU-Cooley competitors included Ashley Jacobson, Babak Alavi, Chantal Eid-Mekhayel and Eric Choi.  The teams were coached by Christine Zellar Church, associate dean of Academic Programs.

The Client Counseling Competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel and support clients through their legal issues. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs. Each team is called on to explain various aspects of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client.

Other schools at the Region 6 competition were University of Akron School of Law, Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law and Boston University School of Law.

“Our win was due to the teamwork of all three teams, and their collaboration which helped prepare each other for this competition,” said Church.