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State Bar of Texas Law Day and YouTube Contest Awards Presented

State Bar of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2011

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 512.427.1713 or 800.204.2222 x 1713

State Bar of Texas Law Day and YouTube Contest Awards Presented

AUSTIN – The State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) today presented awards to winners of the 2011 Law Day and YouTube contests.

“The Legacy of John Adams: From Boston to Guantanamo”was the national Law Day theme. Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to challenge students to understand how the rule of law impacts their lives, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy.

State Bar President Terry Tottenham and TYLA Vice President David Courreges presented the awards, with prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000.

The winning entries are:

Poster Contest Grades K-2
1st Place – Kendric Goodloe, R.C. Burleson Elementary, submitted by Dallas Bar Association
2nd Place – Azelie Gonzales, East Cliff Elementary, submitted by Corpus Christi Bar Association
3rd Place – Julian Rivera, Galindo Elementary, submitted by Austin Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 3-5
1st Place – Daylon Franklin, R.C. Burleson Elementary, submitted by Dallas Bar Association
2nd Place – Elle Boyd, Windsor Park Elementary, submitted by Corpus Christi Bar Association
3rd Place – Nicolas Muñoz, Galindo Elementary, submitted by Austin Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 6-8
1st Place – Halle Brazda, The Kinkaid School, submitted by Houston Bar Association
2nd Place – Edgar Lopez, Bob Hope School, submitted by Jefferson County Bar Association
3rd Place – Madison Rawls, IWA – Middle Level, submitted by Corpus Christi Bar Association

Poster Contest Grades 9-12
1st Place – Guadalupe Rocha, Bob Hope School, submitted by Jefferson County Bar Association

Photography Contest
1st Place – Brennan Boydstun, Salado High School, submitted by Bell County Bar Association
2nd Place – Alanna Mumphrey, H. Grady Spruce High School, submitted by Dallas Bar Association

Editorial Contest
1st Place – Jackson Vrtis, Temple High School, submitted by Bell County Bar Association
2nd Place – Mary Mikule, Bishop T.K. Gorman, submitted by Smith County Bar Association
3rd Place (tie) – Brian Boyle, Sharyland High School, submitted by Hidalgo County Bar Association
3rd Place (tie) – Victor Lam, Cypress Lakes High School, submitted by Houston Bar Association

The State Bar’s 2011 YouTube video contest awards also were presented as part of the Law Day celebration. Participants 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.

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 TYLA 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.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas. The Bar provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.