The State Bar of Texas Women and the Law Section announced the two winners of the 2020 Texas Law Student Writing Competition—Khyra Kolidakis, of the University of Houston Law Center, and Tara Bush, of the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law.

Kolidakis, the first-place winner, will be presented with the 2020 Harriet E. Miers Writing Competition Award by Nicondra Chargois-Allen, section chair, at the Women and Law Section’s annual membership meeting on June 25 in Dallas. Kolidakis will received $1,000 for law school-educational expenses for her essay, “Maternal Mortality and Domestic Violence: The Intersectionality of Pregnancy and Violence.”

Chargois-Allen will recognize Bush as the second-place winner at the meeting for her essay, “#MeToo and #TimesUp: Social Media and Law Converge.” Bush will receive $500 for law school-educational expenses.

Entrants submitted essays that identified and analyzed legal challenges for women in Texas and/or nationwide based on recent news reports. The goal of the competition is to help participating Texas law school students prepare to tackle legal and societal challenges after graduation and strengthen their written advocacy skills; to increase awareness of and involvement with the section; and to further the section’s message.