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Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Rewards Excellence

Five law students have been named as finalists in the 12th Annual Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.  Cash awards will be given to the highest-ranked entries, with the final order of awards to be announced at a reception on Thursday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m.

Using a problem prepared by Arizona Law faculty, students prepared a written essay. Student writing is judged for accuracy, brevity, clarity, and persuasiveness.

Finalists include third-year students Matthew Chandler and Germar Townsend, second-year student Bret Shaw, and first-year students Brendan Haberle and Sandra Jonas. Their essays were selected from a field of 23 submissions, and were preliminarily judged by writing faculty.

The final order of awards will be determined by a panel of lawyers and judges:

  • Hon. W. Scott Bales, Vice Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Hon. Bruce G. Macdonald, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court
  • Timothy Eigo, editor, Arizona Attorney magazine
  • Brian I. Clymer, Attorney
  • Gloria A. Goldman, Attorney

The competition is one of two annual events funded by internationally recognized plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard Grand to improve student skills. The Richard Grand Damages Argument tests student skills in oral arguments and will be held later this spring.

Grand, a 1958 graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, began his practice in Tucson as a deputy county attorney. Since 1962, his practice has been limited to representing plaintiffs. One 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). Most recently, he and co-counsel Mike Meehan successfully settled a personal injury case with the City of Tucson for $1.25 million.

Grand is the Honorary President of The Richard Grand Society – “The Injury Lawyers Alliance” – a society of preeminent personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers entitled to practice in the United Kingdom. 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 to Richard Grand. Mr. Grand was only the twelfth person to receive this prestigious award.


Posted:01/04/2013
Updated: 01/10/2013