The Pasadena Bar Association to Award Local High School Students with Scholarship Opportunities by Hosting a Speech Scholarship Tournament

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Pasadena Bar Association will host a Speech Scholarship Tournament, giving local high school students an opportunity to win scholarships

The Pasadena Bar Association will be hosting a Speech Scholarship Tournament at the Maranatha High School campus this Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 8:00 a.m., giving local high school students an opportunity to win scholarships.

Approximately 50 students representing local high schools submitted applications to compete in the speech tournament. Each competing student will be presenting a seven-minute speech, choosing from a list of three selected topics including Internet Privacy, 21st Century Technology, or Freedom of Speech.

Two student finalists will be invited to compete on Law Day at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 12, 2011, and will have the opportunity to speak in front of 150 judges and lawyers where a winner will be selected. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the winner, and a $2,000 scholarship will be given to the runner-up.

In regards to the upcoming speech tournament, Vice President of the Pasadena Bar Association, Donald P. Schweitzer said, “We are so thrilled to be able to take a leadership role within the community, challenging our youth to develop their public speaking skills.”

The Pasadena Bar Association has been organizing this event since last summer with expectations that the association can make a positive impact on local high school students and their ability to speak in public.
The Pasadena Bar Association assists its members to develop and improve their practice of law by providing information, services, networking, career development programs and other resources. The PBA has initiated numerous programs, services and opportunities for its members, the profession, the judiciary and the community.

Membership categories include: Active member, Barristers, New Admittee (first year to State Bar of California), Judicial Officer, Retired/Inactive, Affiliate member (non-attorney) and Student member. Visit http://www.pasadenabar.org/ for more information.

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