From the 2011 News Archive
3L Kirsten Hiera Honored in Annual Writing Contest
The National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) selected 3L Kirsten Hiera as their third-place winner for the Annual Law Student Writing Competition. She achieved this recognition for her essay asserting that unnecessary, but voluntary and court-ordered obstetric interventions, particularly c-sections, violate international human rights law.
Hiera wrote this essay as part of a University of Maryland Carey School of Law Health and International Human Rights Seminar. Last year, she was awarded a $5,000 Marjorie Cook Foundation Scholarship, which, in part, enabled her to enroll in this seminar.
The NAPW’s contest provides great exposure for aspiring lawyers around the country, offering them a stage to express their opinions on important controversial issues. Almost 20 organizations and individuals, including the American Association of Birth Centers and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing, support the NAPW’s goals of advancing feminist legal scholarship and shedding light on the rights of pregnant women in America.