TAMIU alumnus to serve as legal clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Alejandra Ávila, an alumnus of Texas A&M International University, has been selected for a prestigious position as court clerk for Judge Sonia Sotomayor at the nation’s highest court, the United States Supreme Court.

Ávila (2011) is the first TAMIU graduate to serve as a clerk in the nation’s highest court and, as TAMIU students, the first in her family to pursue post-secondary education in the United States.

She graduated summa cum laude from TAMIU’s honors program as a distinguished student, earning her undergraduate degree in business administration from the AR Sanchez, Jr. School of Business.


Besides her academic excellence, she studied abroad in China and France, was a member of the Dustdevil women’s soccer team, and was active in student organizations and volunteer activities, including student government and Harvard World. Model United Nations, among others. She has won TAMIU leadership awards at TAMIU including Freshman of the Year and the Global Citizen Award.

Ávila is an attorney at the law firm of Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick PLLC in Washington, DC, and specializes in complex trial and appellate litigation. She previously clerked for Chief Judge Mary H. Murguia of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Micaela Alvarez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Ávila also worked as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio, where she handled a variety of high-profile civil rights cases. She received her law degree from the University of Texas Law School.

TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz hailed Ávila’s historic achievements.

“Alejandra has had a wonderful, distinguished academic and service experience here at TAMIU, and has challenged herself to truly ‘go above and beyond’…as we encourage all of our students to do,” Arenaz said. “We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her on her commitment, perseverance and visionary excellence. Alejandra provides all students here, in our community, region, state and beyond with a clear role model that “sí, se puede”.

Ávila is the eldest daughter of Jorge and Silvia Ávila. A distinguished graduate of John B. Alexander High School, she earned a full scholarship as a President’s Scholar through TAMIU’s Honors Program.

She begins her service with Judge Sotomayor this summer.

Elna M. Lemons