Local Attorney to Judge Boston Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., the leading labor and employment law firm serving the greater Springfield, Mass. area, today announced Partner Kimberly A. Klimczuk will judge the American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) on March 8, 2014. The competition will take place March 6-8, 2014 at the Boston Municipal Court Department Edward W. Brooke Courthouse at 24 New Chardon Street. Finals will be held in April in Chicago, Ill.

Attorney Klimczuk brings a wealth of legal and volunteer experience to this prestigious event, which focuses on labor law this year. Having served repeatedly as a judge in the Massachusetts Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program, she has given hours of her time to help encourage young people’s skills and interest in the law.

“The National Appellate Advocacy Competition gives law students realistic appellate advocacy experience,” said Klimczuk. “As a judge I not only have the opportunity to help them hone the skills they will need to stand up for their clients in court, I also get to meet and network with talented young people who may go on to become future colleagues.”

Kimberly Klimczuk joined the firm in 2004 following graduation from Duke University School of Law, and became a partner in 2011. Her experience includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advising on contract interpretation. She also successfully defends clients in state and federal court and before administrative agencies in a variety of areas of employment law, including: wage and hour law; discrimination; harassment; wrongful discharge; and breach of contract claims. Additionally, she also assisted employers in compliance matters involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and has drafted numerous affirmative action plans for them.

The Boston NAAC is one of four national competitions sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court, which includes writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.