Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010
MBA 2010 Law Day Video Essay Contest
MBA "Diversity in the Law" video essay contest entries due April 15
In celebration of Law Day this May, the Massachusetts Bar
Association is proud to invite high schools from across the state
to participate in its first video essay contest. Students (grades
9-12) who live in and attend school in Massachusetts can compete
for scholarships by submitting videos by April 15, 2010 based on
the theme, "Diversity in the Law."
The contest is being co-sponsored by the Massachusetts
Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the Asian American Lawyers of
"We chose the Diversity in the Law theme because it likely means
different things to different people. We are excited to
review the submissions of the various interpretations of this
year's theme," said Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, co-chair of the
association's Diversity Task Force, which is providing funding for
the winning scholarships.
Submitted video essays should be original, family friendly entries
(no copyrighted materials) in any format, which may include dances,
poems, skits or any other combination or images and words.
Submissions should be between one and three minutes long.
"The contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to expound
upon their understanding and interpretation of the law," said
Marc C. Laredo, who serves as co-chair of the MBA
Law Day Committee with Michael P. Sams. "Far too
often youth are not exposed to the legal community's role in
society until late teenage years or beyond. This contest will be a
positive introduction for many," Sams said.
A panel of four judges will select the winning entries based on
originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall
quality. The essay contest judges are Ordoñez, MBA President
Valerie A. Yarashus, KISS 108 "Matty in the Morning" personality
Billy Costa and "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney" reporter
and producer Jared Bowen. The following scholarships will be
awarded: $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd
place and $250 for honorable mention.
Scholarship winners and their families will be invited to attend
a special ceremony and screening of their videos during the MBA's
House of Delegates meeting at the Hilton Hotel in
Dedham on May 19. The event and contest
celebrate Law Day, recognized nationally each May 1 to reflect on
the importance of law and its effect on the country and
Click here to watch our video and for complete