Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition: And the Winners are . . .

CLCT is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition. The Competition is open to law students worldwide and centers on innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. This year’s participants analyzed a wide array of technology topics, including ethical issues arising from facial recognition technology, deepfakes, and predictive algorithms; the digital divide amongst populations; the constitutionality of the American criminal justice system’s use of Artificial Intelligence; and risk management and liability related to IoT devices. 

Submissions were outstanding as in years past, once again making selection of the top three papers challenging. The winners will receive cash prizes provided through grant funding by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the opportunity to present their papers to executives from Cisco Systems, Inc.


  • Second Place:  Dana Holmstrand and Samuel Taylor , Georgetown Law (J.D., Class of 2021 and J.D. Class of 2022, respectively), with “Wristwatches of Ruin


CLCT congratulates our Winners and Special Mentions, and sends an enormous thank you to every law student that contributed to this year’s Competition. CLCT looks forward to its 5th Annual Artificial Intelligence Writing Competition next year!

About CLCT:

CLCT is a joint initiative of William & Mary Law School, the oldest law school in the United States, and the National Center for State Courts. In 2017, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (funded by Cisco) awarded a grant to CLCT to educate members of the legal profession on the legal issues likely to arise from the use of technologies such as machine/deep learning, large scale data analytics, and the Internet of Things. Since receiving this grant (renewed twice), CLCT has launched and developed collaborative, international research efforts, including academic scholarship, innovative law school and continuing education courses, international conferences and workshops, student writing competitions, and a podcast on emerging technologies and the law. Read more about CLCT’s AI and emerging technology research here.

This content has been updated on May 26, 2021 at 12:36 pm.