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Alumnus named winner of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s writing competition

October 2, 2014 | Alumni

Matthew Borden ’14 has been named the winner of the 2013-2014 U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association’s Board of Governors’ annual Law Student Writing Competition.

His submission, “Barriers Beyond the Cell Door: Why the Federal Indemnification Statute Stands in the Way of Just Compensation for Exonerees,” was found by a panel of judges to be the most well-written of the contest submissions this year, discussing an interesting and important area within the Court of Federal Claims’ unique subject matter jurisdiction. For his successful entry, Borden will be awarded the competition’s top prize of $2,000 and be invited to the Court of Federal Claims annual judicial conference in Washington D.C. this November to accept his award. He will also have the opportunity to have his paper published on the association’s website.

According to the association, the goal of the Law Student Writing Competition is to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that fall within the jurisprudence of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Entries to the contest can address any topic within the areas of procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Prior to winning this competition, Borden won a trip to the Grammys in January after winning the GRAMMY Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Contest with his paper on the law governing the inheritance of digital music collections after people die entitled “The Day the Music Died: Digital Inheritance and the Music Industry.” He presented the award-winning submission paper to hundreds of the top lawyers in entertainment law from around the country.