Writing Competitions and Awards

Writing Competitions and Awards 

Colorado Law encourages all students to develop both their legal writing skills and their knowledge of a particular substantive area of the law by participating in one of the many national and local writing competitions.  Students interested in participating in a writing competition should contact Amy Griffin, director of academic and legal writing support.
There are currently three competitions designed specifically for and open only to Colorado Law students:

  • Sandgrund Consumer Rights Award. The Sandgrund Award encourages and rewards writings by Colorado Law students that advance the field of consumer rights, especially the rights of homeowners.  This recognition is sponsored by alumnus Ron Sandgrund ('82), and awards between $5,000 and $10,000 to the winner, depending on the amount available in the fund.
  • Silicon Flatirons Writing Competition Award. This award is sponsored each year by a law firm and is given to the best paper about a topic involving law and technology, or law and entrepreneurship. The 2014-15 award was sponsored by Faegre Baker Daniels. The 2015-16 award will be sponsored by WilmerHale.
  • Changing Legal Services Landscape Writing Competition. This competition is sponsored by Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler. Students are encouraged to propose creative solutions to challenges created by the new economic realities of the legal-services market. Papers might analyze issues related to increased competition and changing fee structures, the impact of rapidly changing information technology on the legal market, or the effect of an increasingly globalized economy on the legal profession. The winner will be awarded $1,000.