Thomas Matsumoto (right) with his award from the Canadian Bar Association speaking contest.

Surrey student speaker celebrated

Thomas Matsumoto won second runner up in Canadian Bar Association contest.

Johnston Heights Secondary student Thomas Matsumoto won second runner up at the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch’s (CBABC) Law Week speech contest.

The Barry Sullivan Law Cup is one of the cornerstone events of Law Week in BC.

The Law Cup is named in memory of Barry Sullivan whose contributions to both the legal and educational professions are honoured each year through the presentation of this cup to the provincial winner. Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are invited to compete in the annual Public Speaking competition.

Matsumoto received a trophy and a $150 cash prize.

The finalists were judged by a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, a law professor, the director of Access Pro Bono and a member of the CBABC executive committee.

“This year’s theme, Access to Justice: Does having the Charter lead to a more just society? made for an exciting contest and once again the calibre of the speeches was absolutely astounding,” said competition judge and CBABC executive committee member Jennifer Chow. “All students did a phenomenal job and should be very proud of themselves.

Law Week 2012 was celebrated across Canada with events ranging from mock trials and public open houses to flash mob demonstrations, public speaking competitions and Dial-A-Lawyer Day.

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