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2023 Client Problem Competition
Strategies to Engage Youth Age 18 to 24 in Civil Liberty Issues

2023 Annual Conference

Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology

Floridan Palace Hotel
Tampa, Florida
October 26 – 28, 2023


The Client Problem Competition (CPC) is an annual student team competition held at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference every year. The teams consist of 3 or 4 undergraduate students, under the guidance of a faculty member attempting to solve the client’s problem. The 2023 client is the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the problem is how to engage youth, age 18 to 24, in civil liberty issues.


This event provides students with the opportunity to utilize their sociological skills, experience teamwork, and serves as a valuable network for the next generation of practicing sociologists. The teams will present their solution to the Florida ACLU representative and members of the AACS executive committee at the 2023 conference in Tampa, Florida. The winning team’s university or college receives a plaque and the members of the team receive 4 years of free membership with AACS.

In order to participate in the event, each student must be a member of AACS and register for the conference. Student membership is $50 and the conference registration fee is $115. Financial aid is available for those students wanting to participate in the Client Problem Competition but not able to pay the membership and/or registration fees.

For questions or information about the Client Problem Competition or financial assistance,
contact Cynthia T. Cook, PhD at or
The deadline for registering is September 30, 2023.

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