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VOLUME 50, NO. 7
DAVID H. BENTON
ANN MARIE CHISCHILLY
CONNIE J. MABLESON
HON. WEND Y S. MORTON
JAMES B. PENNY
MARK D. SAMSON
LACEY STOVER GARD
KEI TH SWISHER
EMILY K. WILFINGER
You may be surprised to know what one of the best
parts of an editor’s job is.
No, it’s not the breathless moment a proof arrives, or the countless
minutes spent deciding whether it is OK to occasionally split an
infinitive (see what I did there? For more on that, see page 10).
No, it’s neither of those. The real wowser moments of the job
occur when I get the privilege to meet leaders of the profession. Or,
as was the case this month, the future leaders of the profession.
In January and February, I had the honor to act as a judge in two
annual writing competitions. One is the scholarship essay contest of
the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. And the second, at
the University of Arizona Law School, is the essay competition
named in honor of its benefactor, Richard Grand.
Sure, there is a little work involved. But reading the typically great
writing is not the hard part; it is ranking pieces whose quality is often
The reward bestowed on the judges? Getting a front-row seat to
read and meet lawyers in the making who are nearly sure to make a
lasting mark in law.
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.
And as we go to press, the amazing and delicious annual
banquet of the Asian American Bar has not yet occurred. But
even absent a photo, I share with you the names of its scholarship essay winners: Wanglin Rao (James E. Rogers College of
Law, University of Arizona), April Shaw (UA), Mary Tran
(Arizona Summit Law School) and Miaya Whitehead (Sandra
Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University).
If writing is simply thinking in another form (and who can
deny it), all of these students deserve our applause—and our
attention. AZ AT
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The 13th annual
Richard Grand Writing
L to R: Tim Butterfield,
Matt Smith, with
UA Law School Dean
(Not pictured: Omar