Alyssa Gordon

Scholar Civil Rights / LGBTQ+ Rights Criminal Law / Post-Conviction Judicial Clerkship
Class of 2022
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Alyssa Gordon is a 2023-2025 Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., where she focuses on expanding underutilized compassionate release laws in carceral settings to promote decarceration and help elderly incarcerated people secure release. Immediately after graduating from law school, Alyssa served as a law clerk to Judge Victoria A. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.

At Texas Law, Alyssa co-founded and served as executive director of Law Students for Black Lives, a student organization founded in June 2020. She also served as a staff editor of The Review of Litigation, parliamentarian of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, membership director for the Southwest Region National Black Law Students Association, and as a member of the William Wayne Justice Center’s student advisory board. She volunteered on numerous pro bono projects and worked as a research assistant for the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic as a Racial Equity Research Fellow and for Professor Helen Gaebler assisting with parole advocacy in Texas.

Alyssa participated in the Civil Rights Clinic and interned with the ACLU of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. The summer after her first year, she worked for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco. The summer after her second year, she worked for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund in New York. She also clerked for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.