Career Services

To schedule an appointment with any of our career counselors, please stop by our office or call 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

Natalie Aitken

Career Counselor

Counseling Specialties: Domestic & Foreign-Trained LL.M.s, International J.D.s, and IP Law
Natalie advises students pursuing careers in intellectual property law, whether in law firms, in-house departments, or government agencies. She also specializes in advising domestic and international LL.M. students, students with an interest in international law, as well as international J.D. students. Prior to joining the CSO, Natalie practiced patent litigation in the biopharmaceutical group at Finnegan, LLP in Washington, D.C. and later with the local, boutique IP firm of Farney Daniels, LLP. Natalie received her LL.B. and a B.Sc. (Medical Biotechnology) from Queensland University of Technology in Australia and earned two LL.M.s (Intellectual Property Law and U.S. Law) from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1154

Denyse Demel

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Government
Denyse advises students who are interested in working in the government sector, particularly those who are considering local, state, and federal government jobs. In addition, she advises students interested in large law firms. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops on government-related topics and coordinates Public Service Expo and the Public Service Career Fair along with Nicole Simmons and SooYeon Kim. Denyse earned her BA 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 was a member of 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, she advised clients on 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, entity formation, and 1934 Act filings with the SEC.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1162

Shavonne Henderson

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Judicial Clerkships and Internships, Small and Midsize Law Firms
Shavonne advises students interested in judicial clerkships and internships, as well as small and midsize firms. A native Texan, Shavonne earned a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program and a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 2005. While a student at Texas Law, Shavonne served on the Minority Student Affairs Faculty and Student Advisory Committee. She was president of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, served as a regional board member for the Black Law Students Association, and was involved with the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. After law school, she practiced at Clark Thomas & Winters, P.C. and Gordon & Rees LLP. During her practice, she primarily represented companies in pharmaceutical product liability, medical device and mass tort litigation across the country.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1163

Lawson Konvalinka

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Public Interest and Public Defenders
Lawson advises students considering careers in public interest law. He creates materials and presents panels and workshops on public interest-related topics and coordinates the Public Service Expo and the Public Service Career Fair along with Denyse Demel and SooYeon Kim. Lawson earned his B.S. in Human and Organization Development with honors from Vanderbilt University in 2006 and his J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2011. While attending Texas Law, Lawson was on the William Wayne Justice Center Student Advisory Board, a member of the Texas Law Review, and participated in the Capital Punishment, Housing, and Immigration Clinics. After law school, Lawson clerked for the Honorable Andrew S. Hanen on the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas before working at two legal aid offices. At the Montana Legal Services Association, he worked on foreclosure prevention and consumer law issues. At Colorado Legal Services, he worked in the Migrant Farm Worker Division representing clients with employment, immigration, and civil rights matters. Most recently, Lawson was an associate at Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C. in Chattanooga, TN where he was engaged in criminal defense and prison litigation, along with a general civil practice.


Send Email Phone: 512-232-1157

Nicole Simmons

Director of Professional Development

Career Development Coach
Nicole provides in-depth career coaching and professional development support covering a wide range of topics including self-assessment, career exploration and job search strategy. Nicole earned her B.B.A. in Management with honors from Texas A&M University in 2004 and her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 2007. After law school, she practiced as a banking and finance associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Houston. She has been with the CSO since 2008 and previously served as the CSO’s Director of Public Service Programs.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1160

Deb Freeman

Assistant Director for Communications

Deb markets the CSO's services and programs to students, alumni, and employers. She oversees content management for the CSO website as well as designs and co-edits all CSO marketing materials and publications. She publishes CSO Law Mail; maintains the CSO Canvas site; 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. 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 serving under Governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1156

Victor Garcia

Office Manager

Victor handles accounting, purchasing, and travel requests, and assist with program logistics. Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Victor retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1999 after proudly serving for 20 years as an Administrative/Personnel Specialist. Before joining the CSO, Victor worked for four years at the Ford Career Center in the McCombs School of Business.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1153

Sonya Gonzales

Administrative Analyst

Sonya compiles student 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. Sonya received her M.A. in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011 and her B.A. in English from Texas Tech University in 2007. She previously worked at The Think Tank (T3) prior to joining the CSO.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1152

SooYeon Kim

Events Specialist

SooYeon coordinates the on-campus Public Service Career Fair and Public Service Expo, as well as off-campus interview programs. Additionally, she handles program logistics for CSO panels and workshops, networking receptions, and connects employers with student organizations regarding diversity opportunities. SooYeon graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Linguistics.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1151

Sandra Puga

On-Campus Interview Coordinator

Sandra coordinates Fall and Spring On-Campus Interviews 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, which is held in the Spring. Sandra graduated from St. Edward's University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1161

Rachel Quiroz

Resource Coordinator

Rachel greets visitors at the front desk, schedules career counseling appointments, and handles reciprocity requests. She maintains the CSO's Job Bank on Symplicity, produces the graduate job bulletin, and oversees the CSO Resource Library. Rachel graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Health Education.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1150