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Breaking Good Video Contest Rules

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The Breaking Good Video Contest is open to all New Mexico high school students (grades 9-12). The contest serves as a creative opportunity to highlight the incredible work the legal service providers do for New Mexicans across the state.

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Contact Member Services at or 505-797-6039

Thank you to Breaking Good Video Contest Sponsor: Rodey Law Firm

Nearly three decades before New Mexico achieved statehood, Bernard Rodey stepped off a train from Boston onto the hot and dusty streets of his destination: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Rodey established his law practice in 1883. Little did he know he was on his way to creating what would become one of New Mexico's oldest, largest and most highly respected firms. Today, the Rodey Law Firm is home to more than 65 lawyers and over 70 support professionals working to make a difference in the lives of their clients.

If you or your firm are interested in sponsoring this contest in future, please contact Member Services at

How to Enter the 2021-2022 Breaking Good Video Contest

  • See below for official contest details, resources, forms, rules and requirements.
  • Before submitting, ensure your entry meets all the rules and requirements.
  • Upload your complete entry form, release and waivers, and video entry HERE by Feb. 4, 2022.
  • Wait for our distinguished judges to grade the entries! Winners will be notified via email by March 1, 2022.

Contest Topic: "Which legal service provider fits the scenario and how can they help?"

Click here to view the promotional flyer with contest information. Link to submit is above and below!

Nearly 50 million Americans live in poverty. We often hear that the cost of freedom is not free. Neither is the price of justice or liberty. There are New Mexico organizations that provide civil legal services to the poor and vulnerable. Civil legal services help the underprivileged members of our community obtain improved access to justice. Legal service providers offer public information and awareness, group and individual counseling, legal advice and representation by a lawyer. These services are typically delivered free of charge to those unable to pay.

However, legal services always require some form of subsidy provided either by lawyer associations, community groups and/or governments.

**Please choose one of the fact patterns below. Select a civil legal service provider from this document, and show how that provider can help the client with the legal issue(s). The purpose of the video is to highlight how a civil legal service provider can help! Think of your video like a public service announcement!**

2021-2022 Scenarios

1. When Mary was younger she began living with another family and took on that family’s last name. She never obtained an official name change. Because she cannot produce documentation showing the changes in her name over time, she was unable to get a Real ID.

2. Husband and wife have been taking care of their three grandchildren for the last six years.  Mother of children moved to another state and never visited and their father is a drug addict who was recently sentenced to prison. Grandparents believe parents would consent to Kinship Guardianship.

3. About 12 years ago, creditors sued an older gentleman and his deceased wife for unpaid medical bills, got money judgments and subsequently filed liens on the client’s property. 

4. An elderly gentleman has an old $8,000 student loan. A Federal Student Aid authorized collection agency was garnishing 15% of his Social Security income for payment of the loan.  The garnishment makes it hard for him to make ends meet.

5. A veteran of the armed forces is getting evicted by his landlord for being late on his rent payments. The man, with various disabilities, has limited income. Currently, he receives disability income and his pension from the V.A. He misses his eviction court date due in part by lack of transportation, disabilities and limitations which also make it difficult to represent himself in the civil matter with his landlord.

6. A 33 year old man immigrated as a refugee from El Salvador as a toddler and is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., living in Sunland Park, New Mexico; he is a single father with three young children. This man wants to seek U.S. citizenship to protect himself and his children.

Rules and Requirements

Please note: Entries that do not have complete forms or do not follow all rules specified will be disqualified. Entries also need to comply with the grading rubric.

1. ❏ Videos shall be 80 seconds
The following order and times must be followed exactly.
❏ 5 seconds of title page with:
       ✔ title of the video
       ✔ students involved
       ✔ team name
       ✔ name of school
       ✔ school year (2019-2020)
❏ 5 seconds of black
❏ 60 seconds video (must be exactly 60 seconds)
❏ 10 seconds black

2. ❏ The video must be the original work of the team.
Videos may not include copyrighted content (songs, pictures, movie clips, etc.) without proof of consent from the copyright holder. Any video containing copyrighted content without consent from the copyright holder shall not be eligible for judging or prizes. If the video becomes the subject of a claim, suit or allegation of copyright, trademark, patent or other infringement, the State Bar of New Mexico has the right, in its sole discretion, to reject or otherwise disqualify the submission.

3. ❏ Video content shall endeavor to comport with the following:

The video shall contain nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matter that, in the view of the State Bar, would offend parents whose younger children view the video. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but when such language is used it should be limited to common everyday expressions. Words that are highly offensive must be avoided. Depictions of violence should be minimal. No nudity or sex scenes should be present. Drug use or reference to drugs is permitted if relevant to the theme.

4. ❏ The video shall not contain any endorsement, solicitation, commercial or similar content advocating for or against candidates for political office or political issues.

5. ❏ The video submission is accompanied by a complete Entry form and Release and Waiver form. If under 18, parents have also signed the Release and Waiver form.

Grading Rubric

Below are the following criteria that each submission will be scored on. The submission can be awarded up to:
❏ (10 pts.) Video meets the rules, requirements, and entry guidelines above .
❏ (10 pts.) Entry Form and Release and Waiver are properly filled out and submitted.
❏ (30 pts.) Video submission has been proofed for spelling errors, grammatical errors, accuracy of information of the Legal Service Provider (LSP) selected.

The video submission successfully connects with the mission of the Legal Service Provider selected by:
❏ (10 pts.) Student submitting proof (email or letter) that they or their team contacted the selected LSP to learn about their organization’s mission.
❏ (40 pts.) Content is relevant to the selected LSP and aligns with the organization’s mission. The video submission must include how the LSP can help the individual(s) in the selected scenario (i.e. there needs to be a solution to the problem outline in the scenario).

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Documents & Forms

Click here to view and print copies of the grading rubric, Entry form, and Release and Waiver form.