Hamline News

February 17, 2014

Hamline Law Teams Excel

At the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition this past weekend, the team of Jordan Fenty (3L) and Anna Gunderson (2L) defeated a team from William Mitchell and advanced to the final round on Sunday morning. Jordan and Anna eventually placed third overall after being bested by a team from client counseling powerhouse University of Nebraska and a team from Drake University, the defending national champion. The team of Phil Czarnecki (2L) and Ryann Sparrow (2L) also performed very well, reaching the semifinal round of the same competition.

The ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. According to Hamline Law Professor Kate Kruse, “Judges praised the Hamline teams throughout the competition for their ability to hone in on client goals, identify underlying interests and priorities, and craft creative solutions to the competition problems.”

In Paris, the team of Johnathan Straight (3L) and Leslie Funk (3L) had a strong showing at the International Commercial Mediation Competition, making it to the eighth finals and being only 1 of 16 teams to do so out of an initial 66 teams from 40 countries. The team also won as special award for “Best Acknowledgement of Cultural Differences.” The competition is an annual mediation moot organized by the International Chamber of Commerce. It is the world’s only international moot dedicated exclusively to international commercial mediation and gathers teams from business and law schools, as well as internationally renowned mediators and professionals from around the world. Coaches Sharon Press and Lynn LeMoine were “very proud” said Press, “of how well the team performed and how much they each learned and grew as a result of the experience.”

And, in Chicago at the ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition, the team of Laura Brooks (2L) and Amy Hasbargen (3L) received the third highest overall point total but did not advance to the final round.