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Alumna Alejandra Ávila Selected for Clerkship with Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  • Mar 28, 2022

Alejandra “Ale” Ávila recently became the 39th Texas Law alumna to land a judicial law clerkship on the Supreme Court of the United States and the first-ever Texas Ex selected to serve as a clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

“It will be the honor of my life to clerk for Justice Sotomayor,” said Ávila. “I am deeply grateful for the support of my professors, classmates, family and friends.”

Alejandra Ávila is the first Texas Ex to clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court of the United States.
"Ale” Ávila

Ávila’s journey started in Mexico before immigrating to the U.S. as a teenager, where she enrolled as an English Language Learner in a Laredo, Texas, public school.

Just a few years later, she graduated first in her class from Texas A&M International University’s Honors Program.

Her firsthand experience with the immigration system during the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen had a direct influence on Ávila’s decision to attend law school, she said, which brought her to The University of Texas at Austin.

During her time at Texas Law, Ávila interned at The White House, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Supreme Court of Texas. She was also the national representative for the Chicano Hispanic Law Students Association and participated in the law school’s Immigration Clinic.

Read the full story from the School of Law.