University of Arizona Law School logoIn the March Arizona Attorney, which just went live online, I take the opportunity to praise some law student leaders. Among them are the winners of an annual writing competition at the University of Arizona law school. That competition is named for attorney Richard Grand.

If you read my column, you’ll see that I also get to share a nice photo of the winners.

Here’s the portion of my column pertaining to the UA Law School:

“A January ceremony provided the announcement of the UA Law winners: Kate Hollist (first place), Jessica Schulberg (second), Matt Smith (third), and Omar Vasquez and Tim Butterfield (both honorable mention). Congratulations to all.

“This year’s competition asked for the students to locate the storyteller within them. They were asked to write a profile of a real person who had some experience with the law or legal system. The diversity of responses was matched only by their compelling writing. Well done.”

“The UA competition holds a special place for me due to Richard Grand. The successful and talented attorney died last April, making this the first contest without his involvement. I am pleased to see the continued passion for the student writing experience in his wonderful widow, Marcia. I am sure I will raise a glass to Richard’s memory on February 20, when he would have turned 84.”

But because law school folks are some of the nicest in the legal profession, I also get to share with you, here, a second photo. You see, the school’s own Juan J. Arévalo insisted I step into a shot with the winners. That let Dean Marc Miller and me bookend the talented writers.

Thanks, JJ!

The 13th annual Richard Grand Writing Competition winners. L to R: me (not a winner!), Tim Butterfield, Katherine Hollist, Jessica Schulberg, Matt Smith, with UA Law School Dean Marc Miller. (Not pictured: Omar Vasquez)

The 13th annual Richard Grand Writing Competition winners. L to R: me (not a winner!), Tim Butterfield, Katherine Hollist, Jessica Schulberg, Matt Smith, with UA Law School Dean Marc Miller. (Not pictured: Omar Vasquez)

Please let me know if you hear of any other law student and young lawyer honors.

Like a thief in the night (or some other overly dramatic metaphor), November slipped into our lives, carrying with it an important event.

November 1 was the opening of the annual Arizona Attorney Magazine Creative Arts Competition. That is the event that results in our amazing May issue featuring the work of some talented lawyers.

But May is a ways away. Before we get there, we have the application and review process, which I hope you consider if you’ve got some creative chops.

Here are the categories: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Humor; Photography; Painting/Drawing; Sculpture; Music (original compositions and classical/jazz); Video

All submissions must be e-mailed to ArtsContest@azbar.org. (Or send them via regular mail, if you must.)

Some of our 2011 winners

Questions? Click here to read the complete rules, or contact me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org.

To see the great work that took the prize last year, go here.

Here’s looking to another great competition.

The image to the right is the cover to the May 2010 Arizona Attorney Magazine. It featured the winners of our annual Creative Arts Competition.

Do you picture yourself in the same spot? It could happen—but only if you get your submission in on time—tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (for the rule-bound, that means anytime before the clock clicks over to January 13)..

All submissions must be e-mailed to ArtsContest@azbar.org

Questions? Contact me at arizona.attorney@azbar.org

Come on … get arty.

To see the great work that took our prizes last year, go here