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. She is the primary advocate for law students within the School of Law and the University. She counsels students on academic, personal, and professional matters and serves as one of the Law School's Title IX liaisons. She also serves on a state Roundtable on Lawyer Well-Being. Together with the members of the Student Affairs team, Dean Bangs coordinates and supports a range of student services, programming, and special events.
Dean Bangs graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to 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 Harvard Law School and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she also taught civil procedure and disability law. Dean Bangs lives in Austin with her husband, who teaches religious studies at the University of Texas, and their two school-age children, Zack and Charlotte (“Charlie”). She loves the good food and live music Austin has to offer. Her door is always open to students.
Director of Academic Advising & Student Affairs
Brandi Welch serves as the primary academic advisor in the School of Law. She manages a series of programs designed to assist students from day one of law school to the final day of the bar exam and beyond. Students are always welcome in Brandi’s office for counsel on issues personal and academic. Brandi graduated from the University of Michigan and taught high school in Houston for four years before attending Texas Law. After graduation, Brandi was an associate at Vinson & Elkins in New York and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Austin before returning to the law school in 2008. A lifelong learner, Brandi also holds a 2018 M.Ed. from UT's Educational Leadership and Policy Department at the School of Education. Brandi and her husband Aaron have two daughters, Alice and Piper. An avid college football fan, Brandi sincerely hopes that the Longhorns and the Wolverines never play each other again. Ever.
Rashida Y. Douglas
Director for Academic Services
As the director for academic services Rashida oversees functions related to registration, course schedule production, exam administration, grade reporting, and faculty support. Rashida earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations, and a master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma where she was a McNair Scholar researching minority representation in the workforce. She has worked in higher education administration for the past 15 years. She enjoys writing creatively and binge watching her favorite shows in her free time. She has one daughter and one puppy who are currently engaged in a bad case of sibling rivalry. Rashida has resolved to remain neutral.
Ricardo L. Garza
Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Rick Garza serves as Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in the School of Law. His primary responsibilities in this role include managing the Society Program, partnering with Texas Law’s student organizations on leadership and strategy, and serving as the law school’s principal student resource for diversity and inclusion programming. Rick also works especially closely with Texas Law’s affinity, minority, and public service-oriented student groups regarding organizational development, fundraising, policy, and community outreach. Rick keeps an open door and encourages all Texas Law students to stop by his office in the new Student Life Suite (TNH 2.125). Rick has a BA in English from UT Arlington, an MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University, and earned his JD from Albany Law School. Prior to attending law school, Rick worked in Academic Advising for two years and completed a Graduate Assistantship in Career Counseling while at Columbia. During law school, Rick completed a Graduate Assistantship with the Office of the Vice President at Albany Law School, and legal internships with the New York State Department of Education and the Office of University Counsel for the State University of New York. Following law school, Rick resumed his career in student affairs as the Honors Advisor at SMU, before landing at Texas Law. Rick lives in south Austin with his wife, Theresa, and their son, Benjamin. Having both been born and raised in San Antonio, Rick and Theresa consider their move to Austin to be a homecoming of sorts. Rick’s passions include quoting Seinfeld in everyday situations, well-intentioned sarcasm, and the San Antonio Spurs.
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.
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 watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse, creative writing, illustrating and traveling. She is also the SAO’s crazy cat-lady-in-residence.
Administrative Associate for Registration
Carla oversees and supports student registration processes, performs audits of student/course data, and ensures the maintenance of records in all areas. Originally from Houston, Carla earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University and after graduation worked with elementary school students in Austin as an AmeriCorps member for two years. She then moved to Iowa for graduate school and received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Carla worked as an academic librarian and archives assistant at a small private college in the Midwest before returning to the Lone Star State and joining the team at Texas Law. She is a huge fan of reading, cooking, listening to podcasts, and going on long walks.
Administrative Associate for Academic Services
As Administrative Associate for the Student Affairs Office, Andrea processes official certifications and requests, books room reservations, and serves as the school’s Course Instructor Survey contact. Andrea graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. She spent three years working as the Registrar for a South Austin Montessori school before deciding she wanted to return to the UT Austin community. Andrea has lived in Ft.Worth, Jacksonville, TX, and now calls Austin home with her husband. Andrea enjoys exploring the outdoors, checking out new places to eat in Austin, and eating bread and gelato at Mandola’s.