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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boyd Students Kristian Kaskla and Aarin Kevorkian Win In-House Client Counseling Competition

UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law students Kristian Kaskla and Aarin Kevorkian took first place in the 16th annual Saltman Center In-House Client Counseling Competition. They will go on to represent the Boyd School of Law at the American Bar Association’s Regional Client Counseling Competition in spring 2016.

Boyd’s in-house competition took place Nov. 7 and 8. Kaskla and Kevorkian competed against second-place winners Elizabeth Do and Kevin Schweitzer, third-place winners Vincent Godinho and Brianna Lamanna, and other Boyd students.

The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution, Society of Advocates, and Clark County Bar Association organized the event. The Bank of Nevada sponsored it, giving cash awards to the first-, second-, and third-place winners.

Boyd students Stephen Davis and Gil Kahn, who won last year’s In-House Client Counseling Competition, will travel to the University of Oregon School of Law in February to compete in the 2015 Regional Client Counseling Competition. They will compete against students from Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Wyoming on the topic of family law.

As part of the competition, students conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client, elicit facts, advise about the relevant law, provide options for proceeding, and assist the client in making an informed decision. The goal of the Client Counseling Competition is to test students’ competence of counseling skills, their ability to conduct client interviews, and their ability to utilize preventive law techniques.