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State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Announces Law Day 2009 YouTube Video Contest Winners

New Brunswick – The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division announced the winners of the Law Day 2009 YouTube Video Contest, during which middle and high school students created original videos celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s legacy.

“This was a great opportunity for students, which rewarded them for their creativity and interpretation of one of America’s historical legacies. We wanted to engage students with resources we felt would excite them and allow them to express their creativity in ways that would not be available to a student creating a poster,” said lawyer Jeffrey Neu, chair of the contest.

A total of 59 videos were received for the contest. The winning videos and all entries can be viewed at The winning videos will be shown Friday at the Law Day Celebration at the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton.

The winners are:

High School Category

First Place – Newark’s East Side High School - Marta Tchorzewski, Michelle Janiak, Andrew Zatta, Luis Sergio, Matthew Oliveira, Jaoa Filip Dias Tarouco, Jonathan Mercado and Dorian Sabato

Second Place – Perth Amboy’s Middlesex County Vocational & Technical High School - Thomas Almasi

Honorable Mention – Belleville High School - Juan Lisoju and Simeon Knafo and Haddon Township High School – Ryan Mallgrave

Middle School Category

First Place – Milford Public School – Lindsey Thompson and Bethany Wright

Honorable Mention – Oakland’s Valley Middle School – Andrea Elfers, Nikki Felice, Hayeon Kim, Sara Kiter, Megan McPhee and Alexandra Piano

Honorable Mention – Freehold’s Clifton T. Barkalow School – Keith Clark

“We were very excited to have expanded our Law Day contest using technology such as video and YouTube to encourage greater participation by students as well as offering a different route to the educational experience of learning about Lincoln,” said division chair Kimberly Yonta Aronow.

The contest was made possible through the generous support of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and the law firms of Skoloff & Wolfe PC, Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo LLP, Lomurro Davison Eastman & Munoz PA, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer PA and Joseph M. Wenzel LLC. This contest is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible with funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.

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