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STAMFORD—It was a busy day when the Stamford Judicial District celebrated Law Day 2013 on April 26th. Emphasizing the Law Day theme, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, the Fairfield County Bar Association and its co-host the Stamford JD, honored student winners in the Law Day Art & Essay Contest and celebrated the swearing-in of new attorneys.

After Remarks by Law Day Co-Chair Attorney Jonathan T. Hoffman and Stamford JD Administrative Judge Gary J. White, attorneys were sworn-in by Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Povodator.

Judge Povodator then delivered the Keynote Address—a comprehensive look at the meaning of the concept of equality, which he notes has changed over time—and where we are today. From Revolutionary times to the present Judge Povodator charted the course of equality and its meaning to those times. When he finally arrived in present-day Connecticut, he emphasized that we must not become complacent because equality in many areas has been obtained.

“It may be true that in terms of equality, our current society is better than any that has gone before but we cannot be complacent,” he said. “I do not know what new challenges we will face—but history has shown that we can and will move in the right direction.

“Sometimes it will be through the courts, even if belatedly, as in Brown v Board of Education. Sometimes it will be through enactment of laws such as the Civil Rights amendments of the 1860s and the Civil Rights and Voting laws passed by Congress 100 years later. Sometimes it is the decency of large numbers of people that triumphs, such as the resistance in the North to the spread of slavery which eventually led to the Civil War—and the refusal, 100 years later, of protesters to allow the status quo of racial discrimination to continue. Sometimes there is a single individual—Susan B. Anthony for the right of women to vote and Martin Luther King, Jr. for the end of racial discrimination.”

He then focused on Connecticut and continued, “The scope of equality guaranteed by Connecticut’s current anti-discrimination law would have been incomprehensible 100 years ago. As far as we have come, we must remain vigilant to the possible need for further expansion of the concept of equality.”

Following his address, Judge Povodator presented awards to the Art & Essay Contest Winners along with Attorney Amy J. LiVolsi, Chair of the School Art & Essay Contest for the FCBA.
 

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Law Day Speech by Judge Kenneth B. Povodator - PDF

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Stamford Law Day Art and Essay Contest Winners

 

Grade 1: Art
1st Place:  Robert Colegrave, Northeast School
 
Grade 2: Art
1st Place:  Jamie Pompee, St. Cecilia School
2nd Place: Alaina Ragusa, St. Cecilia School
3rd place:  Matthew DeJesus, St. Cecilia School
 
Grade  3:  Art
1st Place:  Riley Chlupsa, St. Cecilia School
2nd Place: Estefania Figueroa, St. Cecilia School
3rd Place:  Leonie Colegrave, Northeast School
 
Grade 3:  Essay
1st Place:  Laura Arias, St. Cecilia School
2nd Place: Sierra Wood, St. Cecilia School
3rd Place:  Caroline Bell, St. Cecilia School
 
Grade 3:  Acrostic Poem
1st Place:   Riley Chlupsa, St. Cecilia School
2nd Place:  Matthew Carvalho, St. Cecilia School
3rd Place:  Johnny Tournas, St. Cecilia School
 
Grade 5:  Art
1st Place:  Lucette Gold. All Saints Catholic School
2nd Place:  Caylie Balducci, All Saints Catholic School
3rd Place:  James Cirifalco, All Saints Catholic School
3rd Place: Caroline Kollar, St. Cecilia School
 
Grade 5: Essay
1st Place:  Matthew Rohr, All Saints Catholic School
2nd Place:  Daniel McArthur, St. Cecilia School
3rd Place:  Monika Rydzewski, St. Cecilia School
 
Grade 5:  Mixed Media
1st Place: Jack Major, All Saints Catholic School
2nd Place:  Carly Costikyan, All Saints Catholic School
3rd Place:  Sarah Caidor, All Saints Catholic School
 
Grade 6:  Essay
1st Place: Kate Williams, Scofield Magnet School
2nd Place:  Kathryn Zingone, Scofield Magnet School
3rd Place:  Nicholas Otis, Scofield Magnet School
 
Grade 6: Art
1st Place: Ivy Zingone, Scofield Magnet School
2nd Place:  Georgia Colegrave, Turn of River School
 
Grade 7: Art
1st Place: Group Project: Lucas Breault, Nickailla McLean, Justin Tarzia, Emily Wharmby, Rogers International School
2nd Place: Group Project: Nickailla McLean, Emily Wharmby, Rogers International School
 
Grade 10: Essay
1st Place:  Shannon Rubin, Trinity Catholic High School
 
Grade 10: Essay
1st Place:  Katherine Kelley, Westhill High School
2nd Place:  Alex Cooney, Westhill High School
 
Grade 11 & 12: Essay
1st Place: Jennifer Schumacher, Westhill High School
2nd Place: Megan D’Alessandro, Westhill High School
3rd Place: Ryan Silk, Westhill High School
 
Grade 11: Poem
1st Place: Marie E. Coridon, Westhill High School
2nd Place: Janiyah Alexander, Westhill High School
3rd Place: Melanie Alswanger, Westhill High School
 
Grade 11 & 12: Art
1st Place: Delmy Palencia, Westhill High School
2nd Place: Laura Schaffer, Westhill High School
3rd Place: Sophie Handler, Westhill High School
 
Grade 12:  Essay
1st Place:  Nick D’Alessandro, Westhill High School
2nd Place:  Amit Hassan, Westhill High School

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CONNECTICUT BAR FOUNDATION
JAMES W. COOPER FELLOWS
QUINTIN JOHNSTONE
2017-2018 STATEWIDE HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

 

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Eighteenth Annual James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest.  The 2017-2018 topic is “Diversity Disagreement?”  As in past years, this year’s topic was chosen for its special relevance to students of high school age.  We believe that participating students will find the topic pertinent and interesting.   

 

“Diversity Disagreement?” deals with a student who has written the principal asking for a meeting to discuss why she should have been selected for one of several subsidized spots set aside for students with diverse backgrounds for a school trip. She believes she is being discriminated against both economically and in terms of her background.  Contest entrants are asked to assume the role of the school district lawyer who is called upon to provide a recommendation for or against selecting the student for the subsidized spot.  Entries are not to exceed 1000 words and should support their position on this issue.

 

The contest winner will receive $2,000 and the two runners-up will receive $1,000.  The winning students, school contest coordinators, and principals will receive award plaques which will be presented at a ceremony presided over by Connecticut Supreme Court Justices at the Connecticut Supreme Court.

 

The contest is open to high school students, vocational-technical school students, students enrolled in a high school diploma credit program under the age of 21, and high school age home-schooled students.

 

We invite all interested students to submit entries through their school’s teachers or guidance counselors, or, in the case of home-schoolers, through their parent/guardian.  See Contest Rules.

 

Entries from each school/home-schooler must be submitted to the Connecticut Bar Foundation in Hartford, postmarked no later than February 23, 2018.

 

The following materials are provided on this site at the links highlighted below: 

 

•     Essay Topic - The essay topic is “Diversity Disagreement?”

 

•     Contest Rules - A copy of these rules should be given to each student who will be participating in the contest. 

 

•     Judging Criteria and Procedures - This sets forth the criteria that will be used to evaluate the entries submitted to the Foundation.

 

•     Submittal Form - This form should be completed by the teacher(s)/counselor(s) from each school and must accompany the entry packet.

 

•     Home-School Submittal Form - This form should be completed by the home-schooler’s parent/guardian and must accompany the entry packet.

 

•     Student Entry and Release Form - The Student Entry and Release Form must be submitted with each student’s entry packet. 

 

•     Home-School Student Entry and Release Form - The Home-School Student Entry and Release Form must be submitted with the home-schooler’s entry packet. 

 

•     Parent or Guardian Release Form - If the student is under 18 years of age, this form must be signed by the parent or legal guardian of the student-writer of the entry and submitted with the entry packet. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Connecticut Bar Foundation at 860-722-2494 or ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org.

 

We hope that you will agree that this contest provides students with an exciting opportunity to earn monetary prizes while advancing their understanding of the role of law in the world around them.  We look forward to receiving your entry,postmarked no later than February 23, 2018.

 

Click here to view the 2016-2017 contest winners.  Click here to view pictures from the 2016-2017 Award Ceremony.

Click here to view the 2015-2016 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2014-2015 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2013-2014 contest winners.

Click here to view the 2012-2013 contest winners.