I was invited to be a judge at the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s Client Counseling Competition hosted at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law this weekend.

The purpose of the competition was to promote greater knowledge and interest among law students in the client counseling functions of law practice. The competition seeks to encourage students to develop and use interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the establishment of lawyer-client relationships.

My role was to judge the law students on a variety of topics such as the students’ abilities to discuss the problem, review the moral and ethical issues with the “client”, and get client’s informed choice, just to name a few.

I could not have been more impressed with the preparation, talent, and drive of the future lawyers that I was privileged to grade. These folks brought the heat!