Sweetser Law Office is excited to announce the founding of the
Sweetser Law Closing Argument Competition, in coordination with Gonzaga Law School.
Sweetser Law's endowed gift will establish an annual skills-based oral
advocacy competition for Gonzaga Law students that focuses on monetary
damages in the civil justice system.
The purpose of the Sweetser Law Closing Argument Competition is to inspire
future trial attorneys. Each year, a panel of trial attorneys and judges
are appointed to evaluate students closing arguments, provide feedback,
and select award recipients. The scholarship competition is available
to all Gonzaga Law students (whether a first, second, or third-year student).
Students interested in showcasing their oral advocacy or becoming future
trial attorneys are encouraged to apply.
The Sweetser Law Closing Argument Competition requires students to prepare
a closing argument under the pressure of time limitations. Students are
provided a prompt with a tort law issue and required to prepare a closing
argument asking the jury for an award of monetary damages. Students are
given a time limit of approximately one hour to prepare. All participating
students receive written feedback from judges and a videotaped recording
of their closing argument and are encouraged to continue their growth
as effective trial advocates.
Participating students, and the Gonzaga Law school community at large,
are invited to the annual awards ceremony. During the awards banquet,
the appointed panel of attorneys and judges, in conjunction with Sweetser
Law Office and the Dean of Gonzaga Law School, announce selected recipients
of the Sweetser Law Office Closing Argument Competition. During the ceremony,
short clips of students’ exemplary arguments are highlighted by
the panel. A plague that hangs in the law school is engraved with the
name of the 1st place recipient.
Sweetser Law Office would like to thank the Gonzaga Law School Foundation,
Gonzaga Law School’s Alumni Association, Dean of Gonzaga Law School
Jane B. Korn, Assistant Dean of External Affairs Jeff Geldien, and the
Gonzaga Law School students who participated in focus groups that were
instrumental in the development of the Annual Sweetser Law Closing Argument
For more details visit the
official page for the Sweetser Law Closing Argument Competition.
Sweetser Law Office Closing Argument Competition
February 17, 2018 — 9:00am - 1:00pm
- First place: $2,500
- Second place: $1,000
- Third place: $500
Space is limited! Contact
Bryn Boorman to register.
About the Competition
The Sweetser Closing Argument Competition is an exciting educational event
presented by Sweetser Law Office, a Spokane personal injury firm. Prizes
are awarded to participants selected by a jury panel of trial attorneys.
The purpose of the competition is to provide law students an opportunity
to display their trial presentation abilities and hone their oral advocacy skills.
The competition is open to all Gonzaga Law Students. Participants must
be full- or part-time seeking a J.D. at Gonzaga Law School.
Participants receive a fact pattern and jury instructions one (1) hour
before their closing argument. Participants are allotted a maximum 15
minutes for closing argument. Arguments are video-recorded and reviewed
by an experienced judges panel. Participants receive a copy of their recorded
argument and written feedback from judges.
Space is limited; please RSVP to
Bryn Boorman to indicate your participation.
If the maximum participation cap (30) is reached, additional interested
students will be placed on a waitlist and 3Ls will be given priority.
The Competition recordings will be distributed to a judging panel after
the competition. The panel will review each argument and choose the finalists.
The first place winner will receive a prize of $2,500. The second place
winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The third place winner will receive
a prize of $500.
Reception and Winners
The finalists will be announced at the Award Reception on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Compliance and Decisions
The Competition Committee may refuse to consider entries that do not comply
with the Competition Rules. Competition Committee decisions will be final.
The Competition Rules may be revised or supplemented by the Competition
Committee or Gonzaga Law School at any time before or up to the start
of the Competition.
Questions regarding any aspect of the Competition should be directed to
Bryn Boorman, Program Coordinator, either in person in the Dean’s
Suite, 4th Floor, Gonzaga Law School or by email at