Pasadena Bar Association Speech Scholarship Contest

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The Pasadena Bar Association has announced that it will host a speech scholarship contest for local high school junior and seniors. Substantial scholarships will be awarded to the first and second place winners.

The preliminary rounds of the contest will be held on April 2, 2011 at Maranatha High School. Juniors and seniors from selected local high schools will be invited by the Pasadena Bar Association to participate in the contest. The Pasadena Bar Association will accept 105 contestants on a first come, first serve basis with a maximum of 5 students from each selected school UNLESS the maximum number of students is not reached, in which case, additional students will be accepted through a lottery until the maximum number of contestants is reached.

The two finalists will be invited to compete against each other at the Pasadena Bar Association's Law Day Luncheon on May 12, 2011 at the Gold Room in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. In attendance at this event will be approximately 150 attorneys and judges, who will cast their votes and select the first place winner.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney - Alan Jackson (who is best known as the prosecutor of the Phil Spector case) has agreed to be a guest speaker at the Law Day Luncheon. Jackson will be asked to present the scholarships to the finalists. The first place winner will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship and the second place winner will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

According to Donald P. Schweitzer, the incoming Vice-President and Program Chair of the Pasadena Bar Association, "With this scholarship we intend on promoting the art of public speaking to our youth. Public speaking is a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of most lawyers, which is why we should be taking a leadership role in encouraging our youth to develop this important skill."

Steve Yee, President of the Pasadena Bar Association for 2011, is especially enthused to have organized this speech scholarship contest. As a high school student in the 80's, Steve Yee was an accomplished speech and debate competitor at Alhambra High School, where he placed first in the State finals. According to Steven Yee, "One of the most memorable moments during those years for me was winning a speech contest/college scholarship hosted by the local Elks Lodge. This will be a great opportunity for me to return the favor by organizing this event for the local youth." Steven Yee developed this concept this past summer while reflecting on how he could make contributions to the Pasadena Bar Association and the community during his presidency.

More information on the Pasadena Bar Association can be found at http://www.pasadenabar.org and info (at) pasadenaorg (dot) com.

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