Student Competition

For Outstanding Student Papers
In the Area of Labor and Employment

2009 Competition Winners
2008 Competition Winners
2007 Competition Winners
2006 Competion Winners

2009 Competition Winners

 Each year, the Labor and Employment Law Section recognizes law students who have written and submitted outstandingly scholarly papers on specified subjects. Topics for the 2009 Student Writing Competition revolved around the 50 th anniversary of FEHA (the Federal Employment and Housing Act). This year's distinguished winners appear below:

The first place winner was Jeffrey Osofsky, University of California Davis School of Law. His topic was “The FEHA and Criminal-Based Hiring Policies: When Does a Violation Occur?”

The second place winner was Agatha Panday, University of California Davis School of Law. Her topic was “Restrictions on the Use of a "No Arrests" and/or "No Convictions Hiring Policy: A Survey of FEHA and Title VII's Disparate Impact Approach."

Honorable Mention went to Michael Demain, Santa Clara University School of Law. His topic was “When, if Ever, Does an Employer's Use of a “No Convictions” and/or a “No Arrest” Hiring Policy Violate the Fair Employment & Housing Act, Gov't Code §12900, et seq ?”

Honorable Mention also went to Calvin Chang, Concord Law School. His topic was “Arrests, Convictions, and the FEHA: When Does it Hurt to Ask?”

2008 Competition Winners

The State Bar of California Labor and Employment Section congratulates the winners of the 2008 Competition for Outstanding Student Papers in the Area of Labor and Employment:

First place winner: Paul Torio, Santa Clara University School of Law

Paper: Fired on the (Hot) Spot? How California’s Right to Privacy May Protect Employees from Blog-Based Termination

Second place winner: Deborah Brown, Lincoln Law School

Paper: Bloggers' Rights and Wrongs: California Offers Some Protection to Bloggers from Adverse Employment Actions – But There are Limits

Honorable Mention: Dusty Collier, U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law

Paper: Fear in the Sphere: Lifestyle Discrimination in the Digital Age

2007 Competition Winners

First place winner: Kevin Kayvan Iradjpanah, San Francisco

Prize: $2000
Paper: Discrete Acts and Hostile Work Environments: A Survey of Ledbetter v. Goodyear and Its Lasting Impact on Workers' Rights

Second place winner: Calvin Chang, Davis

Prize: $1000
Paper: Garcetti v. Ceballos, Official Duties and Free Speech: Is Freedom of Speech Essential to California Statutory Whistleblower Protections?

Honorable Mention winners:

  • Olujimi Akindele, Carmel
    Prize: $250
    Paper: The Future of Public Employee Free Speech After Garcetti
  • Carmen Ruda, Novato
    Prize: $250
    Paper: Gambini v. Total Renal Care Does Not Provide Employees Unconditional Protection from Adverse Employment Actions Based on Disability-Related Conduct

2006 Competition Winners

Tzu Chuan TengIn 2006 the first place winner of the 2006 Labor and Employment Law Section Student Writing Comptition was Tzu Chuan Teng (pictured right) from Santa Clara Law School.

Her article, Not Just a Matter of Chromosomes: A Comparison of Protections for Transgender Individuals Under Title VII and the FEHA, will be published in the October 2006 Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 5.

In addition, Teng has received a gift of $3,000, and was presented with an award at the Saturday Luncheon at the 24th Annual Labor and Employment Section Annual Meeting, for which she has received complimentary registration.

We are also pleased to announce the other winners:

Second Place Winner: Matthew Wood  (Golden Gate University)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nikki Mozdyniewicz (University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law)
  • Ben Johnson (UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law)


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