Student Affairs Office

Elizabeth T. Bangs

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Dean Bangs has been the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Texas Law since 2013. Together with the amazing members of the Student Affairs team, Dean Bangs coordinates and supports student and academic services, co-curricular and extracurricular programming, and student-focused special events. She counsels students on a wide range of academic, personal, and professional matters and serves as one of the Law School's Title IX liaisons. She has also served on the Texas Roundtable on Lawyer Well-Being.

Dean Bangs graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Prior to joining academia, she was a judicial law clerk on the Ninth Circuit and in the Central District of California and a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice. She then worked for a number of years as the director of legal research and writing at both Harvard Law School and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she also taught civil procedure and disability law. When she's not at the law school (which is rare), Dean Bangs is mom to two school-age children. She is looking forward to the return of live music to Austin. She drinks too much coffee. Her door is always open to students.

Make an appointment with Dean Bangs.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1313

Hong Tran Escobar

Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Community Engagement

Hong Tran Escobar serves as Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Community Engagement in the School of Law. In addition to providing academic advising to 1/3 of the class, she supports student organizations and affinity groups with a focus on equity and inclusion.

Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, Hong worked as the Law School Admissions Coach at The University of Texas at Austin. She has also worked as a Career Coach in the Career Services Office at Texas Law and served as a department director at the State Bar of Texas, supporting the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Hong earned her BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Oregon, her JD from Seattle University School of Law, and visited the University of Texas School of Law during her 3L year.

In her free time, Hong enjoys reading YA books written by diverse authors, traveling to tropical destinations, and getting the best deals on just about anything.

Make an appointment with Hong.

Christopher Sokol

Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Christopher Sokol serves as Assistant Director of Student Affairs in the School of Law.

Christopher earned a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.  After graduating from law school, he worked in college athletics for 8 years at Chaminade University of Honolulu, UCLA, and the University of Oklahoma.  While at Oklahoma, he became an adjunct faculty member, teaching Sports Law and NCAA Compliance.

Returning to the law school setting changed his career path and led to him becoming the Director of Student Success at Oklahoma City University School of Law and the resident Sports Law Professor.

A native Texan, Christopher grew up in Plano and loves Austin.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, listening to live music, and being outside with his wife and dog.

Make an appointment with Christopher.

Courtney Brown

Student Program Coordinator

Courtney serves as the student program coordinator and Dean Bangs’ assistant. As the student program coordinator, she works as a liaison between student organizations and the School of Law, providing assistance in matters of accounting, business contracts, event planning, and travel. She handles scheduling for the Dean and provides support to the Student Affairs team as a whole. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Indiana University. She has lived in Japan, New York, and Houston before finally settling for good in Austin. Courtney enjoys creative writing, illustrating and traveling. She is also the SAO’s crazy cat-lady-in-residence.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1140

Sarah Kitten

Director of Academic Services and Registrar

As Director for Academic Service and the Registrar, Sarah oversees functions related to registration, course schedule production, exam administration, grade reporting, and faculty support. Sarah earned a B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, both from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked at UT for over twenty years as an academic advisor and advising administrator in the College of Liberal Arts and in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.

A native Texan, Sarah grew up in San Antonio and once she came to Austin for college, she never left! She has a love-hate relationship with all things sports, particularly the San Antonio Spurs and the Texas Longhorns.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, volunteering at her church, and any sort of outdoor activity with her husband.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1143

Alissa Strother

Assistant Director for Academic Services

As Assistant Director for Academic Services, Alissa helps to oversee administrative functions related to course schedule production, exam administration, faculty support, and registration. Alissa earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature/communication studies from Florida State University, where she served as the public relations director for FSU’s student-run radio station in her free time. She worked in magazine and web publishing in Chicago before returning to the warm embrace of the South, moving to Austin in 2010. Alissa provided academic and faculty support services at the LBJ School of Public Affairs prior to joining the team at Texas Law. She enjoys creative pursuits of all kinds and loves living in a city that celebrates music, television, film, literature, art, and food as much as she does. After hours, you have a pretty good chance of running into her and her husband at a concert, football game, or comedy show.

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1376

Julie Tipton

Senior Administrative Associate for Registration

Julie oversees and supports administrative functions for student registration processes. She works directly with the registrar to perform audits of student/course data and ensures the maintenance of records in all areas. She supports faculty requests and assists with exam administration. She updates and maintains bar exam results and assists with classroom and exam accommodations for law students. Julie moved to Austin from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. in Special Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and taught students with moderate to severe disabilities in North Carolina public schools for almost ten years. Julie loves to sing, write music, hike, and spend time with friends and family. She is thoroughly enjoying all the Texas food!

Send Email Phone: 512-232-1142

Marcelo Davila-Olivera

Administrative Associate for Academic Services

Marcelo oversees and supports administrative functions by performing essential duties to serve as a liaison between law students and law licensing authorities. He provides faculty support and assistance regarding textbooks, course instructor evaluations and room reservations. He performs exam troubleshooting and provides software support.

He completed a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay), where he also had the opportunity to work providing support to the professors’ delegates to different executive bodies within the university.

Prior to joining the Texas Law Student Affairs team, he completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps with Austin Habitat for Humanity, where he worked side by side with the local community and people from all over the world to make the homeownership dreams of many come true.

Marcelo enjoys spending his free time cooking, solving chess puzzles with his wife, and spoiling his cats.


Send Email Phone: 512-232-1144