Young Lawyers Division celebrates 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta for Law Day 2015

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director, Communication


Students invited to submit videos on issues, principles and influence of this important document


NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta for this year’s Law Day YouTube Video Contest.


Students in grades six through 12 from throughout the state are invited to create a three-minute video clip based on the Law Day theme. The deadline to submit videos is April 1, and winners will be announced later that month. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top high school and middle school winners.


“Students are encouraged to use all of the creative tools within their command in creating and finalizing their submissions,” said Michael J.P. Schewe, chair of this year’s contest. “We would like to see as many students as possible benefit from the creative and learning processes that accompany involvement in the Law Day YouTube Video Contest.”


Students are urged to read about the Magna Carta; the historical antecedents to the document; and the historical, political and social conditions of the 13th century. In addition, they should learn about the contemporary issues that have a direct connection to principles embedded in or suggested by the Magna Carta.


For complete Law Day 2015 YouTube Video Contest rules, go to or click here.


The New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has conducted the Law Day YouTube Video Contest for high school and middle school students since 2009. The Young Lawyers Division organizes and promotes activities, including continuing legal education seminars, that are of assistance to new lawyers in the practice of law and encourages pro bono and community service involvement by all new lawyers.