Our dedicated staff is available to help students, alumni and employers connect with each other. Each of our seven career counselors has a J.D. or LL.M., has practiced law, and specializes in counseling students and alumni interested in a variety of career paths.
David A. Montoya, Assistant Dean for Career Services
512-232-1155 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling specialties: Law Firms (particularly large firms)
Assistant Dean since April 2004, 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 most recently 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.
Angélica Salinas Evans, Associate Director for Career Services
512-232-1159 | email@example.com
Counseling specialties: Corporate/In-house, Nonpracticing/Alternative and Government
As Associate Director, 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/alternative careers. She also oversees the online UT Law Mentor Directory and supervises the student-based Action Committee for Career Services. Prior to joining the CSO in 2008, 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 who focused 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. Angélica also serves as liaison to UT Law's Nonpracticing Alumni Advisory Council.
Natalie Aitken, Career Counselor
512-232-6056 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Specialties: Domestic & Foreign LL.M.s, Small and Midsize Law Firms, and IP Law
Natalie advises students interested in small and midsize law firms as well as those pursuing careers in intellectual property law, whether in law firms, in-house departments or government agencies. She also specializes in advising domestic and international LL.M. students and students with an interest in international law. Prior to joining the CSO, Natalie practiced patent litigation in the bio-pharmaceutical group at Finnegan, LLP in Washington, DC and later with the local boutique IP firm of Farney Daniels, LLP. Natalie received her LL.B. and a B.Sc. (Medical Biotechnology) from the 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, DC. Natalie joined the CSO in November 2011.
Denyse Demel, Career Counselor
512-232-1162 | email@example.com
Counseling specialties: Government
Denyse advises students who are interested in working in the government sector, particularly those who are considering local, state and federal government jobs. In addition, she advises students interested in large law firms. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops on government-related topics and coordinates Public Service Table Talk and Public Service Career Fair along with Nicole Simmons, Sandra Puga, and James Cardenas. Denyse earned her BA 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 UT Law, Denyse was involved with the Women’s Law Caucus, Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and was a member of 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, she advised clients on 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, entity formation, and 1934 Act filings with the SEC. Denyse joined the CSO in the spring of 2010.
Simone Leavenworth, Career Counselor
512-232-1157 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling specialties: Small and Midsize Law Firms
Simone advises students interested in small and midsize law firms as well as a wide range of other employers. She also coordinates several career panels throughout the year and conducts employer outreach to small and midsize firms. Simone earned her B.A. in Government with honors from The University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law. After law school, she worked for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General. She then went into private practice as an associate, and later as a partner, at law firms in Houston and Galveston. She practiced law for 16 years, specializing in litigation. She also has experience in real estate, bankruptcy, insurance, corporate, and family law. Simone has been with the CSO since 2004.
Rémi Ratliff, Director of Judicial Programs
512-232-1163 | email@example.com
Counseling specialties: Judicial Clerkships and Internships
As the Director of Judicial Programs, Rémi specializes in advising students who are interested in judicial clerkships and internships. She also has experience counseling students interested in alternative and nonpracticing careers, as well as those interested in a wide range of legal employers. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops about the judiciary. Rémi graduated from Wellesley College in 1991 and The University of Texas School of Law in 1995, where she was on Texas Law Review and was Order of the Coif. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Rose Spector on the Texas Supreme Court and worked for the Public Citizen Litigation Group. She then worked in the General Counsel’s Office of the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C. for three years. Rémi has been with the CSO since 2001.
Nicole Simmons, Director of Public Service Programs
512-232-1160 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling specialties: Public Interest and Public Defenders
Nicole advises students who are interested in working in the public sector, particularly those who are considering public interest jobs. In addition, she advises students interested in large law firms. She creates materials and presents panels and workshops on public interest-related topics and coordinates Public Service Table Talk and Public Service Career Fair along with Denyse Demel, Sandra Puga, and James Cardenas. 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. During her time there, she represented lenders and borrowers in a variety of finance transactions, including secured and unsecured commercial finance and acquisition finance. Nicole joined the CSO in the summer of 2008.
Deb Freeman, Assistant Director for Communications
512-232-2162 | email@example.com
As Assistant Director for Communications, Deb markets the CSO's services and programs to students, alumni, and employers. She serves as the CSO Webmaster as well as designs and co-edits all CSO marketing materials and publications; publishes CSO Law Mail; manages the CSO Twitter account (@UTLawCSO), CSO Blog, and UT Law Alumni-Student Connections group on LinkedIn; supervises the student-based Action Committee for Career Services; and coordinates off-campus networking receptions for students and alumni. 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 as Publications Director/Webmaster prior to joining the CSO in 2001.
James Cardenas, Programs Coordinator
512-232-7110 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy coordinates various student programs, including the Public Service Fall Party and Public Service Table Talk, and assists with on-campus and off-campus recruiting programs. He assists with other projects for the Assistant Dean and staff, and connects employers with student diversity organizations regarding diversity opportunities. Jimmy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Urban Studies. He joined the CSO in August 2010.
Victor Garcia, Office Manager
512-232-1153 | email@example.com
As Office Manager, Victor handles accounting, purchasing and travel requests, and coordinates program logistics. Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Victor retired from the United States Air Force in 1999 after proudly serving for 20 years as an Administrative/Personnel Specialist. Before joining the CSO in 2003, Victor worked for four years at the Ford Career Center in the McCombs School of Business.
Sonya Gonzales, Administrative Analyst
512-232-9389 | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Administrative Analyst, Sonya compiles student and graduate employment statistics as well as other statistical information. She also assists with additional student and postgraduate projects for the Assistant Dean, Associate Director, and staff. Sonya received her M.A. in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011 and her B.A. in English from Texas Tech University in 2007. She previously worked at The Think Tank (T3) prior to joining the CSO in April 2014.
Sandra Puga, On-Campus Interview Coordinator
512-232-1161 | email@example.com
As On-Campus Interview Coordinator, Sandra coordinates Fall and Spring On-Campus Interviews by recruiting and scheduling employers, collecting and distributing student materials, familiarizing students and employers with various Symplicity modules, and facilitating interview schedules. Sandra graduated from St. Edward's University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and has been with the CSO since 2005.
Mandi Villarreal, Resource Coordinator
512-232-1150 | firstname.lastname@example.org
As Resource Coordinator, Mandi greets visitors at the front desk, schedules career counseling appointments, and handles reciprocity requests. She maintains the CSO's Job Bank on UT Law Symplicity, oversees the CSO Resource Library, and handles additional projects for the Assistant Dean, Associate Director, and staff. Mandi graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Anthropology, Rhetoric and Writing. She joined the CSO in August 2012.