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VOLUME 52, NO. 8
Last month in this space, I wrote about courage and what
it requires of us, in our choices and in our commitment to an accurate
retelling of history.
Some of you have contacted me with feedback and insight about my
words. If you haven’t, please
feel free to read the column
( http://ow.ly/Z1Xf W) and
send me your thoughts.
As I said there, it’s great
when we can spot courage.
But advocating for it and
advancing it That’s the role
This month, we’re all about
those courageous leaders. Our
cover and story beginning on
page 18 offer legal exemplars.
In a month focused on access
to justice, we raise a toast
to lawyers who step into the
breach to fill unfilled needs.
And in law school, leadership may be nurtured, as well.
As in years past, I’m privileged to report on some leaders-in-training,
law students who prevailed in a rigorous writing competition at the
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Congratulations
to: Jillian Andrews (2L), first place ($2,500 award); Max Bradley (1L),
second place ($1,500); Julie Pack (1L), third place ($1,000); and Kayla
Bernays (1L), honorable mention ($750).
As a competition judge, I can tell you that their work was moving and
compelling—exactly what I would have expected!
Though I’m always happy to serve as a judge, I have nothing to do
with the annual event’s theme or approach, which is developed by talented
law school faculty. And so I was delighted to see the selected topic this
And that makes sense, as the competition is named for Arizona
lawyer Richard Grand, who never shrank from a fight. As the school
Over the course of his five-decade-long career, Tucson attor-
ney Richard Grand worked tirelessly to achieve justice for
his clients. His clients were often ordinary people who had
suffered extraordinary injuries. The opposing parties were
often large corporations and powerful insurance companies.
Mr. Grand never retired, and he handled cases up until the
last day of his life. Mr. Grand valued competence, communication, and courage.
Richard died in 2013. He would have been 86 this year,
and he was a zealous advocate when advocates were allowed
to be zealous. He and his wonderful wife Marcia funded (and
continue to fund and inspire) this writing endeavor.
Congratulations to those lawyers and law students, past and
present, who aim to close the justice gap.
The courage for justice
Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition winners (L-R): Kayla Bernays
(1L), honorable mention; Max Bradley (1L), second place; Jillian Andrews
(2L), first place; Julie Pack (1L), third place; and Dean Marc Miller.