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Arrellaga, Maria M

Maria McGivney Arrellaga
Assistant Dean for Communications
(512) 471-7330

Maria Arrellaga oversees all aspects of the School of Law's Communications Office, including strategic and editorial direction for the website, UT Law magazine, new communications programs and media relations efforts. She also maintains as a high priority to seek opportunities that promote the good scholarship and service of faculty and students.

Prior to joining the law school, Maria was the communications director at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering where she built the communications program from the ground up. Before that, Maria owned a marketing communications company that served many clients throughout Central Texas, including numerous law firms, Texas Monthly Press, SETON Healthcare and a variety of high-tech companies.

Smith, Marjorie A

Marjorie Smith
Assistant Director for Communications
(512) 232-2442

Marjorie provides oversight and management for the School of Law's website and digital communications, ensuring content is current and relevant to key audiences and effectively communicates the school's mission and objectives across its various platforms. She is the key contact for web content-related questions and inquiries. Marjorie also is available to consult on social media strategies, and how to best integrate videos and photos to the web.

Most recently Marjorie worked in the Executive Vice President and Provost's office at The University of Texas at Austin, where she helped develop a digital communications strategy. Prior to that, she was the digital content manager in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Before moving to Texas, Marjorie was a business beat reporter at the Des Moines Business Record in Des Moines, Iowa.

Youngblood, Samantha

Samantha Youngblood
Writer and Media Relations Manager
(512) 232-1156

Samantha develops dynamic and engaging stories for various print and online platforms that demonstrate the excellence of students, alumni and faculty at UT Law. She also writes and distributes news releases and media pitches for external audiences that exemplify the unique, newsworthy happenings at the school. Samantha can field media inquiries or interview requests, as well as story suggestions for UT Law magazine and the website.

Before joining the law school, Samantha worked as the public relations and marketing manager at the Blanton Museum of Art. Prior to that, she served as the web content coordinator in University Communications at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the university, Samantha was a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman and The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo.