Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition

Morse Client Counseling

DSC_0045.jpgThe Donna Jo Morse Competitions involve client counseling and negotiation skills.

The Client Counseling competition promotes greater knowledge and interest among law students in the counseling function of law practice. It simulates a law office consultation that presents a typical client problem. Competitors participate in pairs. They are expected to interview and advise the client, elicit relevant information, outline the problem, and propose a solution. Following the interview, competitors complete a brief self-critique.

​2013-2014 Committee:
Nicholas K. Davoli, Chair

Calee M. Oas, Associate Board Member

Prof. Dorothy Hill, Faculty Advisor

Competition Requirements:
Each team must formulate a strategy designed to elicit the necessary information from the client.

Competition is open to all second-, third- and fourth-year Albany Law students who have a GPA of 2.0 or above.

The competitors will be required to address a different problem for each round of the competition.


After 17 teams competed for over two months, the Final Round was held Oct. 22, 2013.  

The 2013 Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition winners are:

Brittiny Razzano '14 & Michael Wetmore '14!

Brittiny Razzano, Ms. Jo-Ann McTague, Esq., Ms. Carolyn George, Esq.,
Hon. Catherine Bennett, Michael Wetmore

Razzano '14 & Wetmore '14 Win Client Counseling Competition

Congratulations to this year's finalists:

Donielle Maier '15 & Matthew St. Martin '15!

Matthew St. Martin '15 & Donielle Maier '15


This year 24 teams participated in the Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition, and the final round was held on Oct. 4, 2012.

Congratulations to the 2012 Client Counseling Winners Carol E. Crummey & Jonathan S. McCardle, as well as the Finalists Kathleen M. Rivers & Alexander L. Scher!