March 23, 2022

Law school building with cherry blossoms in foregroundThe Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is pleased to announce the winners and finalists in the Second Annual CSL Prize in Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing competition held in conjunction with the Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference which was held February 24-26, 2022.

The competition was open to all conferees, which consisted of rising clerks who will serve in federal or state appellate court chambers in the coming year. Subsequent to two days of writing instruction from conference faculty, each entrant drafted a short judicial opinion based on a First Amendment problem written by the Columbus School of Law. The entrants were then submitted for judging in a blind competition to the Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference faculty who also served as the judges of the competition. The competition was based solely on writing criteria.

The 2022 winners and finalists are as follows:

2022 CSL Prize Winner:
Miles Skedsvold, University of Georgia Law School

Second Place:
Trevor Paul, Texas A&M University School of Law

Honorable Mention:
Dalton Nichols, Regent University School of Law
Tyler Mlakar, University of Arkansas School of Law