I was such a lucky duck. First of all, this National-level competition happened just “down the street” (well, 30 minute drive away) from my office.
Truth is, I’d never even heard of such a thing: Client Counseling Competition. Have you? Well, it is a thing – an ABA thing, at least – and it is not the first year, either.
A little over a month ago, I had been asked to be a volunteer Judge for this event, by a gal who is at the University of Oklahoma Law School (whom I’d never met before, but who’d found me through the GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC Oklahoma Facebook Group). Since my schedule was open for the afternoon in question, and because I am a sucker for anything that involves helping law students to be and do better, I happily agreed.
But, that is STILL not even the lucky part.
It just so happens, that the two young women that WON the competition, were the winners of the three teams that my panel judged in that first round of the Nationals-level competition. So, naturally, beyond the fact that seeing this little story pop up on my GIRL ATTORNEY Twitter feed last week, was a thrill because I recognized, and voted as “first place” to move forward these GIRLS in the photo above – I was extra-pumped to learn too, that they had earned the distinction of being the National champs.
I am equal parts happy for, and proud of, Ms. Jenna L. Cope (left) and Ms. Kari Krier Schmitz – and, here it is, feel very lucky to have been a small part of their experience!
Love to you all, SCC
P.S. Follow the link below if you’d like to see who all the winners were – and, if you do, let me know if you agree with me that it appears that EVERY SINGLE winning team (I believe the last name, of the three, is the coach’s name) was made up of a pair of women? I’d tweeted the ABA and asked, but they never responded. hahahaha 😉
From the ABA’s BEFORE the BAR, By Law Student Division:
“The finals of the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition took place on March 17-18 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla. Here were the results:”
More here, by CLICKING THIS LINK.