About The Competition
Gonzaga Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All eligible Gonzaga Law students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.
Rules and Questions will be posted here.
The competition for the Clarke Family Prize in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (“the Competition”) is open to all currently enrolled Gonzaga University School of Law students in good standing who have completed 30 or more credits.
The Competition Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a committee established by Gonzaga Law School (the “Competition Committee”), which will select the first and second prize winning papers.
The first place winner will receive a prize of $5,000.
The second place winner will receive a prize of $1,000.
Reception and Winners
The winners will be announced in the spring, and will be invited to participate in a discussion of the Competition problem at a spring reception. In addition to honoring the Competition winners and discussing the Competition problem, the reception may include discussion of other legal ethics issues of interest to Gonzaga alumni, students and area practitioners.
Judges for the 2014 Clarke Competition:
Justice Debra Stephens (’93)
The Honorable Debra L. Stephens was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2008, and subsequently elected to a six-year term.
William Etter (’78)
William F. Etter is a member of the Spokane law firm Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary, & Oreskovich, P.C. in Spokane, WA.
Genevieve Mann (’03)
Genevieve Mann became the Managing Attorney at the Unemployment Law Project in Spokane in June 2012.
Professor Kevin Michels
Professor Kevin Michels examines legal ethics, professionalism and liability questions in his teaching and research.