Independent Thought (iThought ) is a National Human Rights organization working towards equity, justice and mutual respect.
iThought work on human right and law through direct Intervention, Advocacy and Judicial actions and provide technical and hand-holding support to non-government, government and multilateral Funding, Policy, Research and Grassroots organizations in several states of India.
iThought takes this opportunity to inform about Independent Thought National Legal Essay Competition. Independent Thought organizes an annual Essay Competition for law and human rights students across the country.
Topic for the 6th National Legal Essay Competition 2017:
- Pornography, Children and Law
Indian Subcontinent has been centre of knowledge and proponents of thoughts including on sex. The Vatsyayana’s Kamasutra and the sculpture of khajraho are the evidence of the free society disclosure, prevent in then, Bharat. However, times have changed from gods love to play to that of a world of pornography. A phenomenon which is multi-billion dollar industry that produces more than 13000 films per year, globally. The porn business targets even children and at the times is under question, for the violation. Child pornography is illegal in most countries with coordinated enforcement by Interpol and policing institutions of various governments, including India. Legally the protection of children from sexual offences Act, 2012; Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Information Technology Act, 2008; have provisions concerning pornography through any medium like print, electronic, computer or any other technology.
- Abstract of 300 words
- Essays written in English up to 5000 words
- Submissions must be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org (only in .docx format). The cover letter must include the author’s profile.
- Detection of Plagiarism (above 30%) will lead to elimination.
- The three best thoughts are provided with cash prizes.
- Best thought Rs: 10,000/-
- Second Best thought Rs: 8,000/-
- Third Best thought Rs: 5.000/-
- The fifteen best thoughts will get Certificates of participation
- The fifteen best thoughts will be published as Independent
For further details and information email@example.com or contact at: 0120-4340451
Topics: iThought | Legal Essay Competition | Pornography
2016-2017 Law Student Writing Competition Rules
The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces that its annual Law Student Writing Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year is underway. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $3,500 cash prize and an opportunity to be published via the Association’s website.
The United States Court of Federal Claims was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982, by the Federal Courts Improvement Act. The court is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts with the United States.
The cases before the court are diverse and involve a variety of statutes. They include claims arising from tax refunds, government contracts, Fifth Amendment takings (which can implicate environmental and natural resource issues), Federal procurement “bid-protests,” Federal civilian and military pay matters, intellectual property disputes, Native American tribal rights, and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.
Entries to the contest may address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest may be found by clicking here.
Entry deadline for the 2016-17 academic year is 11:59 PM July 14, 2017.
2013-2014 Writing Competition Winner
The winner of the 2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition is Matthew Borden. Mr. Borden is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His winning entry for the 2013-14 U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Law Student Writing Competition was inspired by a 2013 NPR segment about the difficulties that exonerees face after release from prison, prompting Mr. Borden to investigate the process that currently exists for the federal exoneration compensation scheme. Throughout law school, Mr. Borden demonstrated a passion for legal research and writing, and this is not the first time that one of his papers has received public praise. In January 2014, Mr. Borden’s paper on the law governing the inheritance of digital music collections, “The Day the Music Died: Digital Inheritance and the Music Industry,” was recognized as the winning entry in the GRAMMY Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Contest, and he was invited to attend and participate in the 2014 GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles. That paper was subsequently published simultaneously in the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and the American Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Lawyer. Please click here to view Mr. Borden's paper.
2012-2013 Writing Competition Winners
The bar association received several well-written entries for the 2012-2013 Law Student Writing Competition, most of which were highly meritorious and deserving of substantial praise. The following winners were selected by the committee:
The first place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Frances Wade, who is a 3L J.D. candidate at George Washington University Law School. Frances’ paper is titled, “Temporary Takings and Rails-to-Trails: The Supreme Court’s Arkansas Game and Fish Commission v. United States Invalidates the Federal Circuit’s Ladd v. United States.” A copy of her paper is found here.
The second place prize of $1,000 was awarded to Melanie Migliaccio, who is a 3L J.D. candidate at Liberty University School of Law. Melanie’s paper is titled, “Inconsistency and Uncertainty: The Problem of Applying Partnership Taxation to Limited Liability Companies.” A copy of her paper is found here.
Sharla Kooiker Wins 2011-2012 CFC Bar Association Writing Competition
Sharla Kooiker won the 2011-12 CFC Bar Association Law Student Writing Competition and was awarded a $2,000 prize at the 2012 CFC Judicial Conference in October 2012. Ms. Kooiker’s paper, entitled “The Burden: Establishing An Appropriate Standard In An Area of Scientific Uncertainty” addresses Vaccine Act litigation and argues for a statutory change to the prevailing evidentiary standard. Ms. Kooiker’s paper has been published in Volume 23, No. 1 Federal Circuit Bar Journal (2013).
Ms. Kooiker is a 2012 cum laude graduate of Chicago-Kent law School in Chicago, IL and is now employed as an associate at the Myers Billion law firm in Sioux Falls, SD.