Campbell Law advocates win regional ABA Client Counseling Competition, advance to nationals

Photo of Grace Massarelli and Amber Younce posing with their coach Zack Anstett '18

RALEIGH – Campbell Law advocates have earned yet another championship this time at the Regional American Bar Association (ABA) Client Counseling Competition on Feb. 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced.

Second-year law students Grace Massarelli and Amber Younce are Campbell Law’s newest Regional Client Counseling Champions. Coached by Zack Anstett ’18 of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, the team advances to the National Finals for ABA Client Counseling Competition on March 20-21 in Connecticut. Last year, Campbell Law’s client counseling team consisting of Tatiana Terry (’19) and Katie Webb Miller (’19) won the Regional, National and World Championship titles.

“Campbell Law is confident and optimistic about repeating its success this year,” said Advocacy Director Dan Tilly.

The ABA Client Counseling competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs.

This year’s competition focuses on the area of estate planning. Students are called on to explain various aspects of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2019, Campbell Law celebrated 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.