All entries for MSBA’s 2013 Law Day Video and Poster Contest must be received no later than April 1, 2013. For complete contest details, visit www.msba.org/videocontest or contact (410) 685-7878 or MSBAVideoContest@msba.org for further information.
In honor of the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the MSBA Public Awareness Committee (PAC) has adopted “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All” as the focus of MSBA’s 2013 Law Day Video and Poster Contest.
Now through April 1, the PAC encourages students of any Maryland school, college, university, or law school (regardless of official residency), as well as attorneys licensed to practice in Maryland, to submit imaginative, one- to three-minute videos that highlight equality on an individual level or throughout our society as a whole. Entries may be produced by either an individual or a group. A panel of distinguished judges and bar leaders will select the top 10 submissions for screening at MSBA’s Annual Law Day Conference on April 30, 2013, at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Baltimore, where cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme, and overall quality. The 10 finalists will also be automatically entered into the Law Day People’s Choice competition.
Prizes for the Judges’ category are: First Prize - $500; Second Prize - $250; and Third Prize - $100. Prizes awarded in the People’s Choice category are: First Prize - $500; Second Prize - $250; and Third Prize - $100.
Returning for a second consecutive year is the poster component of the competition, which is open to students of any Maryland high school, junior high, or elementary school. Posters must be a minimum of letter-size (8.5”x11”) and may be composed either by hand or digitally; however, a hard copy must be submitted for each entry. Submissions will be judged based on their originality, creativity, adherence to the theme, and overall quality. Age will also be taken into consideration. Prizes for the poster contest are: First Prize - $150; Second Prize - $100; and Third Prize - $50. The winning entry will adorn the cover of the Law Day Conference program in April.
Prior to submitting any work, entrants in either contest should begin by visiting www.msba.org/videocontest, reading and agreeing to the contest rules, and completing the online entry form. (All persons under 18 years of age at the time of entry must provide written parental consent before their entries will be considered.)
Each spring, the PAC, working in conjunction with the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (www.clrep.org), invites students and teachers from across Maryland to attend the annual Law Day Conference, which features guest speakers, plenary and breakout sessions, and panel discussions dedicated to a chosen theme. The video contest, now in its fifth year, was first introduced as a public education initiative for Law Day 2009.
More than 200 students and educators attended the 2012 Law Day Conference, held April 30, 2012, at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center in Baltimore. This year’s Conference will include programs on such topics as disabilities, LGBT rights, and gender and religious equality, among others.