Stetson Law Student Wins Civil Liberties Prize

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Students Win Civil Liberties Prize

(L-R): Students Katherine Lambrose, award-winning writer Stephen Farkas and Christa Queen-Sutherland. Click for high-resolution image.

Stetson Law student Stephen Farkas won the inaugural Civil Liberties Prize for his paper, Bringing Marriage Equality to the United States from Abroad: An Analysis of How Judicial Decisions from Canada Have Helped Achieve Marriage for Some, and Given Hope to Others. The award was presented by The Lambda Legal Society  at Stetson  University College of Law and the American Civil Liberties Union Pinellas County Chapter on Dec. 3.

“It is wonderful to see the scholarship of Stetson students being recognized in the greater community, and especially important to know that their papers may assist in moving the discussion forward to achieve important  civil liberties for all,” said Professor Ellen Podgor, who advises Lambda.

Farkas won $500 and the opportunity to  submit his paper for publication in The Torch, the statewide ACLU magazine.

The runners-up for the prize are Stetson Law students  Katherine  Lambrose  for her  paper Civil Unions:  The Persistence of ‘Separate But Equal’ Doctrine in Gay Politics, and Christa Queen-Sutherland for her paper Genital Mutilation in our own Backyard: The Legal and Medical Ramifications for being Born an Intersexual in a Dualistic (Heterosexual) Society.

Paper topics included gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal issues, and preference was given to a focus on civil liberties involving public authorities. Professors Linda Anderson, Bruce Carolan,  Ann Piccard and Judith A.M. Scully selected the finalists in this school-wide competition.