Graduate and International Programs
Lauren Fielder, LL.M., J.D.
Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs
Lauren Fielder, LL.M., J.D., a native Texan and ’07 graduate of the LL.M. program in Latin American and International Law from Texas Law, came back to her alma mater in June 2014 as the director of Graduate and International Programs and a senior lecturer. A year later, she was promoted to Assistant Dean, with overall responsibility for Texas Law’s LL.M. Program and international programs, as well as teaching International Human Rights Law in the fall 2015. She taught international and constitutional law courses from 2005 to 2009 at Baylor Law School and Baylor University’s Political Science and International Relations Department. From 2008 to June 2014, Professor Fielder lived in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she was an assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Transnational Legal Studies Program at the University of Lucerne School of Law. There she taught international courses including African law, transnational litigation, U.S. constitutional law, international women’s and children’s rights, and protection of vulnerable groups. She also serves as a visiting associate professor at the Brooklyn Law School in New York City. Professor Fielder is a member of the American Bar Association, International Law Section; Texas Bar Association, International and Family Law Sections; Oklahoma Bar Association; and NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.
Dr. iur. Carly M. Toepke, J.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate and International Programs
Dr. iur. Carly Toepke, J.D., joined Texas Law in June 2015. As a lecturer, she teaches the course Legal Research and Writing for Foreign Lawyers. As Assistant Director she manages the Texas Law's LL.M. and Exchange Programs. She also directs the LL.M. bar exam success program and coaches the LL.M. Moot Court team. Prior to relocating to Austin, Toepke taught and researched disability human rights law as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Lucerne in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil, Switzerland, from 2011 to 2015. In 2016, she finished her doctoral degree at the University of Lucerne, Faculty of Law, on the right to inclusive education for children with disabilities. Toepke earned her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. While earning her J.D., she studied abroad at the University of Lucerne for one semester. This experience is what sparked her journey into the Human Rights Law field and passion for educational exchange. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and International Law Section, the Illinois Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and NAFSA. Toepke received her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mauricio Pajón, Ph.D.
Senior Program Coordinator
Mauricio Pajón is the Senior Program Coordinator in Graduate & International Programs at Texas Law. In this role, Mauricio manages the LL.M. Program and the Incoming Exchange Program as well as the Institute for Transnational Law. Prior to joining Graduate & International Programs in 2017, Mauricio worked as the Senior Program Coordinator in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business (2014-2017) and as the Administrator in the Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic and the Environmental Clinic (2009-2014) at Texas Law. Mauricio earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and is a graduate of Vassar College. His dissertation focused on the politics of natural disaster in Latin America. Mauricio is a native Spanish speaker and has worked in Chile, Mexico, and Spain.