Judge William L. Dwyer Jury Project Award

The Judge William L. Dwyer Jury Project competition asks University of Washington School of Law students to submit an essay related to their commitment to trial advocacy along with the importance of the preservation of individual rights and the American jury system.  The competition is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, and honors Judge William L. Dwyer, one of the nation’s most respected federal judges.

This year’s winner is Alisa Das, a 2L and woman of color who felt the urge to become a representative voice in an area  where should can help to advocate for others.  From the immigration law clinic where she was able to help individuals who otherwise face barriers in navigating the legal system, to working as a student teacher in Street Law, Alisa has found a significant way to positively impact her community.

Impressed with the submissions, the committee decided to give a second place award to Patrick Rettig, a 3L who has found his passion in trial work and has had significant involvement with the UW trial advocacy program, including participation in the HNBA National Moot Court Competition.  Graduating soon, Patrick looks forward to beginning his legal career with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a Deputy Prosecutor.