In February 2012 Mercer's ABA Client Counseling team of third year students Craig Cooper and Emilie Leech finished second in the 11th Circuit region of the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. The competition was hosted at Mercer Law School and included 24 competitors from law schools around the region.
At the national finals in March, which Cooper and Leech had been specially invited by the ABA because of their noteworthy regional performances both this year and last, they finished seventh in the nation. The team was coached by professor David Oedel and student coach Krisi Hartig.
Professor Oedel noted, "Emilie and Craig have learned plenty about the art of good counsel in the process of participating in the ABA competition. That bodes well for their futures in practice because, as Shakespeare wrote, 'Good counselors lack no clients.' Along the way, Emilie and Craig have helped to continue to distinguish Mercer as a place that takes this elusive subject seriously."
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.