Donna Jo Morse Client Counseling Competition

​The 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.

​​2021-2022 Committee:

Aastha Kataky, Chair

Rebecca L. Novick, Associate

Prof. Joseph Connors, 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.

2020 Morse Client Counseling Competition Results:

The Finalists competed in front of the following judges on Tuesday, October 7, 2020:

Lisa M. Marrello
Hon. Christina L. Ryba '01
Stephen P. Younger, Esq. '82


Robert G. Blackstock '22 & Ruchi S. Patel '22

Robert G. Blackstock '22 & Ruchi S. Patel '22


Kathryn J. Daniels '22 & Rebecca J. LaPoint '22