State Bar holds Texas Citizen Bee Finals in Austin

Austin recently played host to the Texas Citizen Bee Finals, a statewide civics education competition funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

The event, organized by the State Bar of Texas, offers teachers and high school students an exciting way to study America’s heritage. Students use an online study guide program created by the Bill of Rights Institute that covers the U.S. Constitution and other important documents, people, issues, civic values, and skills. The study guide can be found here.

The winning student from each regional competition competes in the state competition, which was held April 26 at the Texas Law Center and Texas State Capitol. News anchor John McCaa of WFAA-TV in Dallas served as moderator. 

 

All contestants take a timed, multiple choice written examination, which counts as 65 percent of the final score. Students then compete in an oral round, making up 35 percent of the score, in which they answer one question from each of the categories.

The top four students are listed below.

1st Place
Thomas Cobb, Beaumont
Prize: $1,000 scholarship

2nd Place & Civic Conversation
Ayesha Rahman, Richardson
Prize: $1,250 scholarship

3rd Place
Angelo Ganno, McAllen
Prize: $500 Scholarship

4th Place
DaVonté Wilson, Tyler
Prize: $250 Scholarship

State Bar President Lisa Tatum to receive civics award

State Bar of Texas President Lisa Tatum will be honored for her work in promoting civics during the seventh annual Women That Soar awards ceremony, event organizers announced. 

Tatum, the owner of LM Tatum PLLC in San Antonio, will receive the 2014 Civic Award from Women That Soar, a media and content development company that produces inspiring information and events for women. The awards honor extraordinary women in the fields of entertainment, sports, business, fashion, arts, philanthropy, media, and civics.

A televised awards ceremony will take place Nov. 8 in Dallas.

Tatum is receiving the Civic Award for her many professional and personal contributions, event organizers said.

Committed to investing in and empowering her community, Tatum is an alumna of Leadership San Antonio, Class XXIX, and a member of local chambers and the Greater San Antonio YMCA Board of Directors. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and currently serves as a member of several bar associations and the Rotary Club of San Antonio.

As 2013-2014 State Bar president, Tatum has helped introduce the civics education project I was the first. Vote for Me! to attorneys, teachers, and students across Texas.

The project uses short, animated films to teach elementary school students about some of the historic firsts who are part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. With help from the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department, the project has been introduced to more than 4,778 teachers at 119 seminars, reaching more than 196,000 students.

The award is one of many Tatum has received for her work as an attorney and bar leader. She was recently named to the Lawyers of Color 2014 Power List, which honors the country’s most influential minority attorneys.