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14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award-Winners Announced

Four law students received recognition and cash prizes for their lawyering skills in the 14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition at the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law. Student winners of the April 16, 2014, competition were:

  • Heather Goodwin - 1st place ($2,500)
  • Rudy Padilla - 2d place ($1,500)
  • Robson Hauser and Sean Kelly - 3d place ($625 each)

The event is an oral argument competition that emphasizes the presentation of damages evidence in personal injury cases. Student finalists presented mock closing arguments on the issue of how much in damages should be awarded in a civil lawsuit. Judges were Arizona Law alumni Brian Chase, Gloria Torres Mauet, Brian Laird, Joel Feinman, and Joe Ezzo.

The competition is funded by the late Richard Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Grand began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney and, since 1962 his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. On more than 100+ occasions he has obtained either a verdict or settlement in excess of $1 million. In 1972, he received a jury verdict of $3.5 million, at that time the largest in the United States for a single injury. Wry v. Dial, 18 Ariz. App. 503 (1972).

In 1972 he founded the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 U.S. lawyers who have completed at least 50 personal injury trials and have at least one verdict in excess of $1 million for compensatory damages. In 2002, the University of Arizona Alumni Association Board Of Directors awarded him the University of Arizona’s Professional Achievement Award, making Mr. Grand only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.

Richard Grand passed away in April 2013. His generosity to the law school continues through the support of his wife, Marcia Grand, and the Richard Grand Foundation.