The Clarke Prize Program

The Clarke Prize program is an annual Continuing Legal Education event and student writing competition focusing on the topic of professional responsibility. The Clarke Prize program itself originates in the Harvey and Harriet Clarke Fund for Professionalism and Ethics. Harvey Clarke was a well-respected jurist, and the Clarke family was deeply involved in the Spokane, Washington community. Consistent with the Clarke family’s values, the Clarke fund was endowed in 1980 to support Gonzaga Law’s commitment to promoting legal ethics for both law students and lawyers. The Clarke family legacy continued through William “Bill” Clarke, one of Harvey and Harriet’s four children. Bill Clarke taught at Gonzaga Law from 1975 to 2005. He was a favorite among students and colleagues, in large part because of his own commitment to professionalism and ethics.

Writing Competition: The Clarke Prize in Legal Ethics writing competition focuses on issues in legal ethics and professionalism. The goal of the competition is to showcase student achievement in scholarship that addresses legal ethics in a practical, real-world context. Previous writing competition problems have addressed the deregulation of the legal profession, for example, as well as access to justice, legal ethics during marijuana law reform, the ethics of social media, and AI issues in the law.

CLE Program: The annual Clarke Prize CLE program attracts nationally renowned speakers and experts who present on important topics in legal ethics. For information about last year’s CLE, please visit the program and panelist description page