Career Services

To schedule an career counseling appointment, 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: Law Firms (particularly large firms), Intellectual Property Law, and International J.D.s
Natalie advises students pursuing careers in intellectual property law, whether in law firms, in-house departments, or government agencies. She also specializes in advising students interested in working at large law firms, as well as assisting international J.D. students. She has previously counseled both foreign-trained and domestic LL.M. students. Prior to joining the CSO, Natalie practiced patent litigation in the biopharmaceutical group at Finnegan LLP in Washington, D.C. where her practice focused on representing large pharmaceutical companies in ANDA litigations. She also practiced with other international law firms in London and Washington, D.C. 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: 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

Mindy Finnigan

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Government
Mindy 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 and Tim Morales. 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

Lawson Konvalinka

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Public Interest and Public Defense
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 along with Tim Morales. 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. District 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

Kathleen Overly

Director of Judicial Programs

Counseling specialties: Judicial Clerkships
Kathleen advises students interested in judicial clerkships. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Sociology and Political Science and then attended The University of Michigan Law School.  After law school, she practiced at DLA Piper and Sidley Austin. Kathleen left practice for law school administration, first for four years at The University of Pennsylvania Law School and then for three years at Yale Law School.  At Yale, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs where she managed the Career Services Office.

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

Rachel Smith

Career Counselor

Counseling specialties: Judicial Internships and LL.M. students
Rachel advises students interested in judicial internships as well as foreign and domestic law students in the LL.M. program. After earning a B.A. in English with honors from Tufts University, Rachel moved to New York to attend Fordham University School of Law, where she earned her J.D. with honors in 2011. As part of a dual degree program, she spent her third year of law school in Paris, France where she earned an L.L.M. in European Union Law from Universite Pantheon-Assas. While in law school, Rachel was actively involved as a mentor with Fordham Law Women and as a staff member of the Fordham Law Review. Upon graduation, Rachel joined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholar as an associate specializing in intellectual property and general litigation. Upon returning to her hometown of Austin and prior to joining the CSO, she worked for the College of Liberal Arts at UT-Austin.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1164

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

Victor Garcia

Office Manager

Victor handles accounting, purchasing, and travel requests, and assists 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

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

Resource Coordinator

Cecilia 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, oversees the CSO Resource Library, and handles special projects including assisting with the Long Career Launch Program. Cecilia graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1150

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