Recent Graduates Receive Texas Law’s 2022 CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award

Four portraits - CLEA 2022
Clockwise from top left: Bonnie Devany, Zoraima Pelaez, Patrick O’Hare, and Grace Miller.

Four recent Texas Law graduates who worked as a team in Texas Law’s Supreme Court advanced clinic have been selected to receive the school’s 2022 CLEA (Clinical Legal Education Association) Outstanding Clinical Student Award. Bonnie Devany, Grace Miller, Patrick O’Hare, and Zoraima Pelaez – all of whom earned their J.D. degrees on May 21, 2022 – contributed significantly to the recent Supreme Court victory in Ramirez v Collier, which included the work of many alumni and faculty of Texas Law.

The CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award recognizes a graduating student or student team from each law school who has demonstrated excellence in clinical work and has contributed meaningfully to the clinical community. These four Texas Law students will represent Texas Law in consideration of the award at the national level.

“These four Supreme Court advanced clinic team members came through with hard work and remarkable collaboration on a very tight schedule for their Clinic’s client,” said Associate Dean for Experiential Education Eden Harrington.

Texas Law has been well-represented in the CLEA national awards in previous years. In 2021, Maria Renteria received the Outstanding Clinic Student Award and fellow Lawhorn Ethan Zertucha received the Outstanding Externship Student Award.

Texas Law’s Supreme Court Clinic is one of 15 clinics offered through the experiential learning program to allow students to gain meaningful real-world experience while in law school.