Creighton University School of Law team consisting of Regina Ann Smith and Peter Johnson placed second at the ABA Client Counseling National Competition. The national competition this year was held completely virtually from March 20 through 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Competitors used a combination of pre-recorded sessions, written statements and live video calls to compete.
Smith and Johnson advanced and won the final round in their regional competition. By winning this competition, they secured their spot to compete against the winners of the twelve other regional competitions at nationals.
In addition to Regina Smith and Peter Johnson, two other teams from Creighton Law competed at regionals. The other teams consisted of Jamel Walker and Adaline Baker, and Callie Kanthack and Sapphire Andersen. Creighton’s teams faced nine other teams from Chapman Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Thomas Jefferson Law School, the University of Hawaii, and the University of San Diego.
All regional competitors participated in the first three rounds, and the top six teams advanced to the semi-final round. Only the winner in each of the three semi-final round rooms advanced to the final round of the regional competition, which Smith and Johnson won.
This year’s topic for the competition was Estate Planning. Professor Victoria Haneman assisted the students on the subject. Professor Larry Teply coached all three teams, and Werner Institute sponsored the teams.
Each year, a new topic is selected for the ABA Client Counseling competition. Previous topics have included legal malpractice, intentional torts, privacy law and criminal law. Judges assess each team’s knowledge of the law and their ability to ask the right questions and elicit important information.
Selection for next year’s competition teams will take place in the fall during the selection competition administered by the Werner Institute ADR Board. Up to three teams from each University can attend the regional competition pending availability.