State Bar of Texas
April 15, 2009

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State Bar of Texas Announces YouTube Video Contest Winners

( Austin ) – State Bar of Texas President Harper Estes will present awards Friday evening at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth to the winners of the Bar's "Ideals That Unite Us" YouTube video contest.

Winners of a $2,500 scholarship in the under 18 category are brothers Raphael and Alexandre Chaumette of Sugar Land for their video, "Ideals: Every Citizen Counts." The brothers also won last year in the first-ever bar association YouTube video contest.

Gabriel Evans of Dallas will win $2,500 in the over 18 category for his video, "Memories Unite Us."

Manuel Hernandez, Laura Andrade, Laure Bouyssonnade and Kimberly Carpenter of El Paso will pick up the $2,500 prize for the People's Choice Award for their entry, "Raising the Bar for Justice."

The contest is part of the State Bar's public education initiative on the importance of the justice system. Texans were invited to create and submit original videos of three minutes or less that captured their vision of the ideals that unite us as citizens. Visit to view the winning entries.

"Everybody has a little different perspective on laws, freedom, government, and democratic principles," said State Bar of Texas President Harper Estes of Midland. "As citizens of our democracy, what ideals do we share? We wanted to know what you think, and you told us."

Entries were judged by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Austin attorney and State Bar of Texas Board of Directors member Michelle Cheng, Dallas entertainment lawyer Tamera Bennett, and University of Texas Radio-Television-Film Ph.D. candidate Nick Muntean.

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.