Published: Jan. 13, 2016

The University of Colorado Law School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law Writing Competition. The first- and second- place winners, respectively, are Starla Doyal (’16) and James Murray (’17).

The competition consisted of a complex ethical scenario mimicking a real-world situation for which students provided recommendations and guidance from the perspective of a practicing lawyer. Students provided legal, ethical, and practical advice and solutions in the form of a written memorandum and addendum regarding a potential organizational and public relations crisis.

“This is a wonderful achievement for Starla and Jim, who each demonstrated the type of practical problem-solving skills that will serve them very well in their professional roles after graduation,” said Dean Phil Weiser.

“Most real-world ethically questionable situations do not have an ‘easy’ or clear solution. Through this competition, students gained practical experience navigating many viewpoints and interests while providing professional recommendations,” said Melanie Kay, director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law. “Both essays demonstrated excellent judgment and persuasive arguments for a complex issue for which there is no single ‘right’ recommendation.”

Both winners will receive a scholarship prize and join a celebratory lunch. To learn more about the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Colorado Law, please visit

Pictured: Starla Doyal (top), James Murray