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May 1, 2023
Contact: Rebecca Johnson
Public Affairs Director, State Bar of Texas


State Bar of Texas announces 2023 Law Day award winners

AUSTIN—Students from across the state have been named winners of the 2023 statewide Law Day contest. The annual competition hosted by the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association invites Texas students to submit essays, photographs, and posters on an aspect of the law, legal process, or civic tradition.

Law Day is celebrated annually across the country on May 1. This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.”

The contest winners, their schools, and the organizations that nominated them appear below. The winners also were honored by their local bar associations before advancing to the statewide competition. Winning entries can be viewed at

Editorial Contest  

  • First Place: Nicholas Nguyen, Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Care Professions (Houston Bar Association) 

  • Second Place: Madison Evans, Home School (Bell County Young Lawyers Association) 

  • Third Place: Mia Montemayor, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Bexar County Women’s Bar Association) 

Photography Contest  

  • First Place: Luis Angel Gomez, Carver High School (Houston Bar Association) 

  • Second Place: Don Liggins, Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (Dallas Bar Association) 

  • Third Place: Skylar Hawn, Akins Early College High School (Austin Bar Association)

Poster Contest  
Kindergarten to Second Grade 

  • First Place: Dominique McNeely, J.P. Starks Elementary School (Dallas Bar Association)

  • Second Place: Camdyn Hurlburt, Sunset Valley Elementary School (Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association)

  • Third Place: Wren Schumacher, Hayes Elementary School (Houston Bar Association) 

Third to Fifth Grade  

  • First Place: Rena Wu, Robert B. Sewell Elementary (Dallas Bar Association)  

  • Second Place: Matthew Canales, London Intermediate School (Corpus Christi Bar Association) 

  • Third Place: Luke Hoffman, Highland Park Elementary (Austin Bar Association) 

Sixth to Eighth Grade  

  • First Place: Claire Montizaan, Willow Wood Junior High School (Houston Bar Association)  

  • Second Place: Rachelle Kuester, Christian Heritage School (Smith County Bar Association and Foundation)  

  • Third Place: Greenlee Gann, Azle Junior High School (Tarrant County Bar Association and Foundation) 

Ninth to Twelfth Grade  

  • First Place: Jordyn Torres, Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Bexar County Women’s Bar Association) 

  • Second Place: Elisabeth Miller, Gregory-Portland High School (Corpus Christi Bar Association) 

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