The State Bar of Texas 2010 YouTube video contest awards will be presented April 30 at the Texas Law Center in Austin as part of the statewide Law Day celebration. This year's theme was "The Importance of the Legal System." Participants were asked to create a 30-second video in the style of a public service announcement.
Winner of a $500 scholarship in the under 18 category is Callie Eichner of Dallas for her video, "Lawyers Are Eggcellent!" Eduardo Ruiz-Healy of San Antonio picked up $500 in the 18 or older category for his video, "The American Court System." Robbie Ryan of McKinney received the $500 prize for the People's Choice Award for his video, "Legal-Eze." In addition, Honorable Mentions go to Raphael and Alexandre Chaumette of Sugar Land for their video, "Lawyers in Our Society," and Henry Spellings of Dallas for "A Slam Dunk for Justice." Both videos were in the under 18 category. The Chaumettes won the State Bar YouTube video contest the previous two years in the under 18 category.
To view the winning videos, visit www.texasbar.com/texansonjustice.
Entries in the under 18 and 18 or older categories were judged by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Austin entertainment lawyer Mike Tolleson, Dallas attorney and State Bar of Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section Chair D'Lesli Davis, and Houston lawyer and Texas Young Lawyers Association Chair C.E. Rhodes. The People's Choice Award was based on the number of YouTube views at the time entries were submitted to the judges.