In celebration of Law Day this May, the Massachusetts Bar
Association is holding a video essay contest open to Massachusetts
high school students. Contestants will compete for scholarships by
submitting videos on the subject of "Diversity in the Law."
The contest asks high school students to create original videos
up to three minutes in length that illustrate diversity in the law
"We chose Diversity in the Law as our 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 MBA Diversity Task
Force, which is providing funding for the winning
The contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 who
live in Massachusetts and attend schools in the state. To enter,
students must complete an online entry form at www.MassBar.org/videocontest, post their video
to www.YouTube.com by 5 p.m. on April 1 and mail a
high-quality copy of the video to the MBA.
"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," added Sams.
A panel of four judges, including MBA President Valerie A.
Yarashus and Ordoñez, will select the winning entries based on
originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall
quality. The following scholarships will be awarded: $1,000 for 1st
place, $500 for 2nd place and $250 for honorable mention.
All three winners and their families will be invited to attend a
special ceremony during the MBA's House of Delegates meeting at the
Hilton Hotel in Dedham on May 19 where the videos will be
For full details on the contest, including rules, visit: www.MassBar.org/videocontest.