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.
The Clarke Student Competition deadline has passed.
The competition for the Clarke Family Prize in Legal Ethics and Professionalism (“the Competition”) is open to all Gonzaga University School of Law students who: (a) have completed 30 or more credits at the time the Competition problem is due; and (b) are in good standing from the date the Competition problem is posted through the time of the reception described in Section 7 of the contest rules.
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 2015 Clarke Competition:
Justice Mary Fairhurst (’84)
Elected in 2002, Mary Fairhurst began serving as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court in 2003. Justice Fairhurst is and has been a leader in the legal profession. She served as President of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). She was the second woman, first public sector, and youngest attorney to hold this position. She also served on the Bar Board of Governors representing the Third Congressional District and as President of Washington Women Lawyers. She has served on many WSBA committees. The WSBA gave her its highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 2011.
J. Donald Curran (’60)
Partner in the firm of Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker, P.S. His practice is exclusively plaintiff’s personal injury and representing lawyers with disciplinary problems; has served as President of the WSTLA (now WSAJ) and Spokane County Bar Association; is a former member of the WSBA Disciplinary Board and served as its Chair in 1987; is an invited member to the American College of Trial Lawyers (1983-2011) and, since 1993, has been and is now listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Mark J. Fucile
Mark J. Fucile of Fucile & Reising LLP handles professional responsibility, regulatory and attorney-client privilege issues for lawyers, law firms and corporate and governmental legal departments throughout the Northwest. Mark is the inaugural chair of the WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics and is a past chair of its predecessor, the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee.
Douglas J. Ende
For more than 15 years, Douglas J. Ende has been employed by the Washington State Bar Association. He has served as a staff disciplinary counsel, assistant general counsel, professional responsibility counsel, and, for the last eight years, as Chief Disciplinary Counsel. He is co-author of several volumes of West’s Washington Practice: 15A Washington Handbook on Civil Procedure, and 13A & B Criminal Law. In 2009, he was a recipient of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs Meritorious Service Award.