Zoraima Pelaez

Scholar
Class of 2022
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Following graduation, Zoraima Pelaez will work with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project in New York as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Bruce Kuhlick & Robyn Lipton.

Zoraima participates in the Justice Center’s student advisory board. As a 2L, she served as president of the Texas Law chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS); co-president of the Texas Law chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; and a board member of the Public Interest Law Association. As a 3L, she is the managing editor of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights and is chief of staff of the Texas Law ACS chapter. She also sits on the ACS national board and is an ACS Next Generation Leader.

Zoraima has volunteered for several pro bono projects, including Pro Bono in January, the Women in Immigration Detention Assistance Project, and the Parole Project. She launched and manages a reproductive rights pro bono project that assists Jane’s Due Process with legal, policy, and educational research initiatives. She has participated in the Civil Rights Clinic and the Supreme Court Clinic.

The summer after her 1L year, Zoraima worked with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project in New York City providing litigation support. The summer after her 2L year, she worked with the ACLU of Texas focusing on voting rights and reproductive rights impact litigation. During the spring of her 3L year, Zoraima worked with Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Public Policy Litigation & Law Department. Before coming to law school, she was the outreach and advocacy manager for the Texas Freedom Network, where she managed community advocacy and grassroots lobbying efforts at the Texas Legislature and State Board of Education.