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Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010
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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 Massachusetts.

"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 society.

Click here to watch our video and for complete contest details.

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