Merel Pontier

Class of 2020

I specifically chose Texas Law because of its outstanding Capital Punishment Clinic Center. After graduation, I founded the Clinton Young Foundation in Austin. This nonprofit focuses on the representation of people convicted of capital murder and either sentenced to death or life in prison. Our first success was to get Clinton Young — who spent 18.5 years on Texas’ death row — out on bail after his conviction got overturned. Earning my LLM from UT has changed my life in more ways I could ever have imagined, but more importantly: it changes the lives of the people who need help. Clinton being the first one, but many more to follow!