Texas woman wins prestigious summons as Supreme Court clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor

A Texas woman will become the first from her university to serve as a court clerk at the nation’s highest court starting this summer.

Alejandra Ávila, a woman from Laredo, was selected this week to serve with United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She is also the very first graduate of Texas A&M International University to hold this position. Ávila went to law school at the University of Texas.

Although she now works at the Washington, DC law firm of Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick PLLC, specializing in complex trials and appellate litigation, she has a long history in the Lone Star State.

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Ávila worked as a clerk for Judge Micaela Alvarez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She has also worked on high-profile civil rights cases for the San Antonio-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, according to Texas A&M IU.

Outside of Texas, his experience includes clerking for Chief Justice Mary H. Murguia of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her on her commitment, perseverance and visionary excellence,” said TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz. “Alejandra provides all students here, in our community, region, state and beyond with a clear model that ‘sí, se puede’.”

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Elna M. Lemons