The Historical Society of the New York
Courts Invites Students in CUNY and SUNY Community Colleges to
Participate in the David A. Garfinkel Essay
CUNY and SUNY winners will be awarded $1000 each with one winner awarded
the New York State (NYS) Community College Grand Prize of $1,500. The
winners will also be honored at the Law Day ceremony at the Court of
Appeals Hall an event at which the Chief Judge of the State of New York
presides and the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Bench and Bar
of New York attend.
DEADLINE: April 5, 2013.
ESSAY TOPIC: 'Cyberspace and the Law: What
are Our Rights and Responsibilities?'
Students can choose one of the following questions to develop their
Essay Question 1 -
Cyberbullying: Examine the newly-enacted New York law governing
cyberbullying and analyze current research on cyberbullying prevention.
How do we balance the First Amendment free speech rights of students
with the need to prevent the harm (including death) to students who are
the targets of cyberbullies?
Essay Question 2 - Digital
Piracy: One of the benefits of cyberspace is the ease with which we
can maintain contact with our friends and share important aspects of our
lives. However, sometimes the things we would like to share are
copyrighted artistic works and file-sharing would run afoul of copyright
laws. How can we ensure that the rights of both the copyright owners and
those of lawful download owners are fair and balanced?
Essay Question 3 - Privacy in Peril: Privacy is the power to
control how much other people know about us. Few of us realize the
extent to which our Internet activities are tracked or know that our
digital footprints remain traceable, often for long periods of time. How
can we balance our digital lives and our personal privacy?
Essay Question 4 - Government Surveillance: The right to be
free of unwarranted search and seizure is enshrined in the Fourth
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But new technologies such as
manufacturer installed GPS systems in cars, cell phone tracking and the
introduction of surveillance drones in the United States have made
widespread law enforcement and governmental surveillance of the American
population possible. Is this technology eroding our Fourth Amendment
rights and forcing us to change our expectations about privacy in public
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