Excellence in Legal Writing

Celebrating Student Writing

In 2013-14, Professor Liz Frost served as the inaugural Galen Scholar in Legal Writing and instituted two awards that celebrate excellent student writing. 

The Excellence in Legal Writing Award is awarded to up to three students each semester. Second- and third-year JD students and masters law students are eligible for the award.  A faculty committee selects the recipients' papers based on originality and relevance of the topic; cogency, logic, and reasoning in the analysis; and clarity of grammar, organization, citation, and writing style. 

The 2021-22 Excellence in Legal Writing Award was presented to the following student in recognition of his outstanding work. 

Alec Marlega for City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton: The Continued Uncertainty of the Automatic Stay


Excellence in Written Advocacy

The Excellence in Written Advocacy Award recognizes excellent writing produced by first-year Legal Research and Writing students at Oregon Law.  The LRW faculty selects recipients based on the appellate briefs students write in the spring semester of the course; the criteria include analysis, research, persuasiveness, and clear writing. 

The LRW faculty is delighted to honor the following first-year legal writing students with the 2021-22 Excellence in Written Advocacy Award: