Law Day and YouTube contest awards presented at the Texas Law Center

The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) presented awards to winners of the 2011 Law Day and YouTube contests. State Bar President Terry Tottenham and TYLA Vice President David Courreges presented the awards, with prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000.

The national Law Day theme was “The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo.” Participants of the YouTube contest were asked to create a 30-second video in the style of a public service announcement on the topic of how lawyers have made a difference in our society. Read the press release for full details.

YouTube contest winners announced

Lone Star Stories logoThe State Bar of Texas 2011 YouTube video contest awards will be presented May 9 at the Texas Law Center in Austin as part of the statewide Law Day celebration. This year's theme was "The Difference a Lawyer Makes." 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 Ryan Nelson of Dallas for his video, "What's Great About Lawyers." Matthew Crouch, an attorney with the Office of the Texas Attorney General in Austin, picked up a $500 prize in the 18 or older category for his video, "What They Gave." Jacob and Erin Lawler of Georgetown received $500 for the People's Choice Award for their video, "Texas Lawyers: Looking Out For You."

Finalists in the under 18 and 18 or older categories were judged by Dallas entertainment lawyer and film producer Sally Helppie, Left Brain Creative video production company director Cathy Davenport, and San Antonio attorney and Texas Young Lawyers Association officer Alyssa J. Long. The People's Choice Award was based on the number of YouTube views at the time the finalists' videos were submitted for judging.

To view all the entries, visit www.youtube.com/statebaroftexas.

State Bar YouTube Contest Deadline April 1

Lone Star Stories logoThere’s still time to enter your videos in the 2011 State Bar YouTube contest! The deadline is April 1, and entering is simple: Just go to www.texasbar.com/texansonjustice for the contest rules and entry form. Then, pull out your video camera and shoot a 30-second PSA-style video that answers the question: “How do lawyers make a difference in our society?” Upload your video to YouTube and remember to tag it “statebaroftexas.” Winners will be announced May 9 as part of the State Bar’s Law Day celebration. Prizes of $500 each will be awarded in three categories: Under 18; 18 and over; and People’s Choice Award. The contest is open to residents of Texas and attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. It’s especially a great project for your children, so get them and their friends involved!

 

2011 State Bar YouTube contest theme is "The Difference a Lawyer Makes"

The theme for the 2011 State Bar YouTube contest is "The Difference a Lawyer Makes." The contest asks participants to create a video answering the following question: “How do lawyers make a difference in our society?” 

Three winners will be chosen: one winner from the 18 and under category (all persons who contribute to the video must be under 18), one winner from the 18 and older category, and one winner from the People’s Choice category. Groups or classrooms may enter the 18 and Older or Under 18 categories. The Under 18 winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The two other winners will receive a $500 cash prize.

All three winners will receive an expenses-paid trip to the State Bar of Texas in Austin, on Monday, May 9, 2011, where winning videos will be shown and the winners recognized as part of the statewide Law Day celebration.

For more information and for instructions on how to enter the contest, you may visit www.texasbar.com/youtube.

YouTube Video Contest Winners Announced

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.

 

Deadline Approaching in State Bar YouTube Contest

There's still time to enter your videos in the 2010 State Bar YouTube contest! The deadline is April 1, and entering is simple: Just go to www.texasbar.com/texansonjustice for the contest rules and entry form. Then, pull out your video camera and shoot a 30-second PSA-style video that answers one of these two questions:

  1. Why are lawyers important to our society?
  2. How is the court system important to our society?

Winners will be announced April 30 as part of the State Bar's Law Day celebration. Prizes of $500 each will be awarded in the Under 18 and 18 and Over categories, as well as for the People's Choice Award. The contest is a great project for your children and their classmates or even for your local bar. So, get creative and show us why the legal system is so important to our society!

Call for Entries -- 2010 YouTube Video Contest

Grab your video cameras! It's time for the 2010 State Bar YouTube Video Contest, "The Importance of the Legal System." President Roland Johnson is encouraging all Texans, and especially Texas attorneys and their families, to participate. The deadline for entries is April 1, 2010. Read the complete contest rules and get ready to enter!

2008-2009 YouTube Contest winners announced

Here are the official winners of the 2008-2009 State Bar YouTube Contest, "Ideals That Unite Us," in which State Bar President Harper Estes invited all Texans to contemplate the ideals that unite us as citizens of this country.

In the Over 18 category, the winner is Gabriel Evans' video, "Memories Unite Us:"

In the Under 18 category, winners for the second year in a row, the Chaumette brothers, Raphael and Alexandre, won with their video "Ideals: Every Citizen Counts!"

And the winner of the People's Choice Award is Manuel Hernandez's "Ideals That Unite Us - Raising the Bar for Justice:"

All entries were evaluated by a panel of judges to determine the winners of the Over 18 and Under 18 categories. The People's Choice winner was determined by the video that received the most views on YouTube.

Evans and Hernandez will receive $2,500 cash prizes for winning in the Over 18 and People's Choice categories.  And the Chaumette brothers will receive a $2,500 scholarship for winning in the Under 18 category.

All winners have been invited to attend a red carpet awards ceremony to be held in conjunction with next week's State Bar board meeting in Fort Worth.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this year's contest. We will announce the theme of the 2009-2010 State Bar YouTube Contest later this year, so stay tuned!

YouTube Contest ends March 16

We're calling on Texans of all ages to enter our 2008-2009 YouTube video contest, "Ideals That Unite Us." This is part of our public education campaign on the importance of the justice system.

What are the ideals that unite us as citizens of this country? Tell us in a three-minute-or-less video and you could win one of three $2,500 prizes. All are invited to enter, including groups like classrooms and law firms. We know Texans are a creative bunch, so give it a shot.

Rules and details are here, entries are due March 16

Call for entries: 


Last year's People's Choice: