The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section is calling for Texas law students to participate in its 2020 Texas Law Student Writing Competition.

The winning entrant will receive the 2020 Harriet E. Miers Writing Competition Award and $1,000 payable toward law school-related educational expenses. The second place finisher will receive $500 toward law school-related educational expenses. The two essays may be published in the section’s newsletter.

Essays should be no more than 2,500 words and should identify and analyze a legal challenge for women in Texas and/or in the United States based on recent news reports. The entry—written in a newspaper op-ed fashion—should define what the challenge is, how are women harmed, what is/are relevant law(s), and how the challenge should be addressed.

The submissions will be evaluated based on legal reasoning, readability, thoroughness, timeliness of topic, organizational structure, Bluebook citation, and grammar.

Students must submit entries by February 28, 2020, to Nicondra Chargois-Allen, Women and the Law Section chair, by email at with the subject line “WAL Student Writing Competition.”