2013-2014 Law Student Writing Competition

The United States Court of Federal Claims Bar Association conducts an annual Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law before of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that fall within the jurisprudence of the United States Court of Federal Claims. The winning entry in the competition will receive a $2,000 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 personnel 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 are posted here.

Entry deadline for the 2013-14 academic year is 11:59 PM July 18, 2014.

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 KooikerSharla 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.