Career Services

You may schedule a career counseling appointment on Symplicity or by calling us at 512-232-1150.

David A. Montoya

Assistant Dean for Career Services

Counseling specialties: Law Firms (particularly large firms)
David heads the CSO, overseeing day-to-day operations, managing and developing resources for student career assistance, developing policies and procedures, conducting employer outreach, and counseling students.  A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, David earned a B. A. in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1985, where he was designated a Notre Dame Scholar.  He received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1995.  Before attending law school, he was a CPA and worked for Arthur Andersen, LLP, a former international CPA firm, and Burlington Resources, a former Fortune 500 Company in the Oil & Gas industry.  David practiced law for nearly ten years with firms in Texas, and was a partner with Jackson Walker, LLP in the Commercial Litigation and Corporate Reorganizations/Restructuring sections, primarily serving the telecommunications, technology and financial services industries. He served on recruiting and hiring committees for several past employers, and has extensive recruiting, interviewing, and hiring experience.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1155

Angélica Salinas Evans

Associate Director for Career Services

Counseling specialties: Corporate/In-House and Nonpracticing/J.D. Advantage Careers
Angélica works directly with the Assistant Dean in developing policies and procedures for students and employers, and works towards technological enhancements to connect students and employers with the CSO. In addition, she counsels students interested in corporate or nonpracticing/J.D. advantage careers. She also oversees the online Texas Law Mentor Directory. Prior to joining the CSO, Angélica spent seven years at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) as the Counsel and Assistant Director to the Fraud Unit.  She has a wide range of legal experience, also having served as In-House Counsel to the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio; Staff Attorney for TDI’s Enforcement Division; Contracts & Credentialing Director for Austin-Travis County MHMR Center; and as a solo practitioner focusing on family and criminal law matters. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1995 and her B.A. in History from Texas A&M University in 1991.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1159

Kaycee Crisp

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Government
Kaycee advises students who are interested in working in the government sector, particularly those who are considering local, state, and federal government jobs. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops on government-related topics and coordinates the Public Service Career Fair along with Rachel Quiroz. Kaycee earned her B.A. in Economics with honors from Texas A&M University in 2005 and her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2008. While a student at Texas Law, Kaycee was involved with the Texas Review of Litigation, the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Prosecution Internship Program, and served as a mentor in what is now the Dean’s Fellows Program.  Since graduating from law school, Kaycee has practiced in a number of different government settings including as an assistant attorney general for the Texas Attorney General’s Office, as an enforcement attorney for the Texas Department of Insurance, and as an assistant district attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.  Kaycee has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane J. Boyle in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and as an associate with King & Spalding, LLP in their Washington D.C. office where her practice focused on cases involving various government investigations.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1154

Denyse Demel

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Law Firms (small, midsize, and large firms)
Denyse advises students who are interested in working in law firms. Denyse earned her B.A. in Economics with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2006. While a student at Texas Law, Denyse was involved with the Women’s Law Caucus, Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and the Action Committee for Career Services. After law school, she practiced as a corporate and securities associate at Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas. During her time there, Denyse advised clients on a variety of business transactional matters including the representation of both buyers and sellers in public and private M&A transactions, private debt and equity offerings, corporate governance matters, and 1934 Act filings with the SEC. She also served as a mentor to summer associates.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1162

Marilyn Drees

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Intellectual Property Practice, Law Firms, Legal Academia
Marilyn advises students who are interested in pursuing IP in private- or public-sector settings, as well as those interested in working in law firms generally. She can provide insights to those interested in teaching law. Marilyn earned her B.A. from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as a Note Editor on the Stanford Law Review. She began her legal career with a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and then joined the firm now known as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., as an associate in the real estate group. She later practiced with Marriott Corporation’s Hotel Development Division and served in the government as a lawyer for the Resolution Trust Corporation. She has taught Property, Land Use, and other law school courses related to real estate and finance.  Most recently, Marilyn served for more than 20 years in the Yale Law School Career Development Office where she focused primarily on judicial clerkships but also worked with students seeking opportunities in the public and private sectors, as well as legal academia.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1165

Mindy Finnigan

Director of Professional Development

Career Development Coach
Mindy provides in-depth career coaching and professional development support covering a wide range of topics including self-assessment, career exploration, and job search strategy. Mindy earned her B.A. in Social Work with High Distinction from the University of Iowa and her J.D. magna cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. After graduating from law school, Mindy clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Young in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and then practiced in Chicago as a litigator for more than 10 years. Most recently, Mindy served as the Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Chicago Law School for three years before moving to Austin.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1163

Abbey C. Gray

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Law Firms, LL.M. and International students
Abbey advises students interested in law firms as well as domestic and foreign-trained law students in the LL.M. program. After earning a B.A. summa cum laude in mathematics and economics at Texas State University, Abbey worked as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. There she helped economists conduct monetary policy research and wrote for several Federal Reserve publications, including the Beige Book, the Review, and the Regional Economist. She earned her J.D. with honors at The University of Texas School of Law in 2006. While in law school, she served as an Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review and worked as a research assistant. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Sim Lake in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Abbey joined the tax practices of the Dallas and Austin offices of Baker Botts, LLP, and later practiced commercial litigation at two small litigation boutiques in Austin.  She was also an adjunct professor of Media Law and Ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Texas State University. She currently provides pro-bono asylum work with Vecina.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1164

Mary Murphy

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Public Interest and Public Defense
Mary advises students considering careers in public interest law. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops on public interest-related topics and coordinates the Public Service Expo along with Tim Morales. Mary earned her B.A. in Social Justice Analysis from Georgetown University in 2006 and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2011. While attending Texas Law, Mary was Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and a member of the Public Interest Law Association. After law school, Mary was awarded a Public Defender Corps fellowship, funded by Equal Justice Works and Gideon’s Promise, to practice as a staff attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders where she represented clients in misdemeanor and felony cases for more than three years. Most recently, Mary has been a staff attorney with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights in New Orleans.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1157

Kathleen Overly

Director of Judicial Programs

Counseling specialties: Judicial Clerkships
Kathleen advises students throughout their legal education who are interested in pursuing judicial clerkships. Her approach begins with broad outreach to first-year law students, creation of programming to familiarize students with judicial clerkships, and individual advising as students consider how a judicial clerkship might fit in with their long-term career goals.  Kathleen recognizes that everyone’s path to a clerkship is unique, and works to develop individualized plans for any student interested in pursuing a judicial clerkship after graduation.  After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School and practicing law as a corporate attorney, Kathleen shifted her career to one focused on advising law students and attorneys.  She served as the Associate Director for Student Development at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Yale Law School, and as a Senior Consultant for Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc.  Kathleen received her B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Wake Forest University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Deb Freeman

Assistant Director for Communications

Deb markets the CSO's services and programs to students, alumni, and employers. She serves as content manager for the CSO website and Canvas site; designs and co-edits all CSO marketing materials and publications; and handles requests for class lists and various data points. She publishes CSO Law Mail; manages the CSO Twitter account (@UTLawCSO), CSO Blog, and Texas Law Alumni-Student Connections group on LinkedIn; and supervises the student-based Action Committee for Career Services. Deb also handles marketing and logistics for the annual Texas Law Professional Development Institute. A native of Fort Worth, Deb received her B.A. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked for the Texas Music Office and Texas Film Commission in the Office of the Governor.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1156

Amanda Huston

Administrative Associate

Amanda greets visitors, schedules career counseling appointments, and handles requests for various CSO resources including reciprocity. She maintains the CSO's Job Bank on Symplicity and handles special projects as needed for the Assistant Dean and Associate Director. She received her B.A. in English Literature at California State University, Long Beach and has a certificate in Paralegal Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Amanda previously worked at the University of Texas at Austin at the UT High School as a Student Services Representative and ESL Services in the International Office as an English Language Instructor.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1153

Tim Morales

Events Specialist

Tim coordinates the on-campus Public Service Expo and Public Service Table Talk as well as off-campus interview programs. Additionally, he handles program logistics for CSO panels, workshops, and networking receptions. Tim graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1152

Rachel Quiroz

On-Campus Interviews Coordinator

Rachel coordinates our August, October, and Spring On-Campus Interviews, as well as Public Service Career Fair, by recruiting and scheduling employers, collecting and distributing student materials, familiarizing students and employers with various Symplicity modules, and facilitating interview schedules. She also oversees the Mock Interview Program for 1Ls.  Rachel graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Health Education.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1161

Cecilia Solis-Bautista

Administrative Analyst

Cecilia compiles summer and graduate employment statistics as well as other statistical information. She also assists with additional student and postgraduate projects for the Assistant Dean, Associate Director, and staff. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1151

Andrea Stanfill Castro

Judicial Clerkship Program Coordinator

Andrea provides administrative support to the Judicial Clerkship Program. Prior to joining the CSO, she worked for the College of Liberal Arts at the Hindi Urdu Flagship. Andrea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies and a B.A. in French.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1514