Last year's Student Council Chair and distinguished alumnus Kate Flicker '18 was awarded one of two runner-up prizes in the 18th annual Statewide Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Quintin Johnstone Essay Contest.
This year's contest, open to high school students at all public and private schools statewide, asked students to prepare an essay on the topic “Diversity Disagreement.” The prompt set up the following situation: A student has written her principal requesting 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 based on her background and economic standing. The essay writers were asked to assume the role of the school district's lawyer, called upon to provide a recommendation.
Flicker's submission was evaluated by panels that included Connecticut Supreme, Appellate and Superior Court judges, Federal District Court judges, law school professors and practicing attorneys. In a ceremony this summer, Supreme Court Senior Justice Christine Vertefeuille presented Flicker with her $1,000 prize.
She follows GFA students Zach Reznikoff '18, who placed first last year; Michaela Cohen '17, who was the 2016 runner up, and Sam Stuart '18, who won the contest three years ago. Each year the students work closely with Associate Head of School Chris Kolovos, who acts as a mentor and advisor throughout the project.
About the Contest
The Connecticut Bar Foundation, established in 1952, is a nonprofit organization that administers the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts and the Interest on Trust Accounts programs for the benefit of legal services agencies and for law school scholarships based on financial need. It also administers the Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid and the Court Fees Grants-in-Aid programs for legal services organizations. The Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program was established in 1994. The fellows promote a better understanding of the legal profession through the sponsorship and production of a diverse array of programs and projects, which seek to improve the legal profession and the administration of justice in Connecticut. Quintin Johnstone was a professor at Yale Law School before his death in 2014. Johnstone served as president of the Connecticut Bar Foundation from 1987-1991, participated in a variety of Fellows projects for many years, and was a longtime member of the Fellows Education and Program Committee, which helps to organize the annual essay contest.