USD School of Law Client Advocacy Team Finishes as Semifinalists in ABA National Client Counseling Competition

USD Client Advocacy Team Finishes as Semifinalists in ABA National Client Counseling Competition

USD School of Law Client Advocacy Team with their coaches

SAN DIEGO (April 9, 2021) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law students from the newly formed Client Advocacy Team (CAT) successfully proceeded through the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Client Counseling Competition held virtually March 18-20 to reach the semifinals. “We are incredibly proud of our students who performed so successfully and placed in the top six out of 106 teams,” said Vice Dean Margaret Dalton.  “We extend our congratulations to the entire USD team, with a special mention to Danielle Pompeo (2L) and Kyle Rudolph (2L), who finished as semifinalists.”

The national event was held virtually by the University of Oklahoma School of Law and welcomed 12 winning regional teams from across the country. Last year was the first time the USD CAT competed in the regional level of competition, making their qualification to the national event this year an exciting accomplishment. Their strong finish is also a testament to the exemplary support from team coaches Brody Burns, ’16 (JD); Virginia Nelson, ’79 (JD); Blaine Mullican (3L); and Shana Sobel (3L).

The ABA Client Counseling Competition allows students to practice the fundamental skills necessary for successful attorneys, including the ability to interview, counsel and support a client through legal matters. Click here to learn more about the event, which includes law school teams from across the country. 

About the Client Advocacy Team at San Diego School of Law

The Client Advocacy Team at USD School of Law molds strong future attorneys by teaching law students the art of client counseling and issue spotting. Click here to learn more about the CAT at USD School of Law.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research

Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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