Personal Counseling and Career Development Seminars

Personal Counseling

At Texas A&M School of Law, our Career Services team is here to help shape you into the kind of lawyer you are passionate about becoming.

We strongly believe personal counseling is the most effective way to create your best career strategy. We encourage you to meet with one of our licensed attorney counselors one-on-one. Through these individualized discussions, our career services professionals can create a career strategy customized just for you.

Your experience, skill sets and career goals are central to identifying your career options and developing a strategy that will work for you.

To make an appointment with a Career Services counselor, stop by our office or call 817-212-4050.

Meet your Career Services Counselors

Arturo Errisuriz, J.D.
​Assistant Dean, Office of Career Services
817- 212-4041
aerrisuriz@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:
J.D., Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

BAR ADMISSION:
State Bar of Texas
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Criminal prosecution

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:
State Bar of Texas

  • Vice-Chair, Local Bar Services Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member, 2008-2014
  • Co-Chair, Student Outreach Committee, Hispanic Issues Section, 2013-present 
  • Member, Texas Minority Counsel Program, Save-the-Date Steering Committee for Fort Worth, Texas, 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Member, SBOT Leadership Class, 2009-2010

American Inns of Court

  • Master, Eldon B. Mahon, American Inn of Court, 2014-present

Tarrant County Bar Foundation

  • Director, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2015-present

Tarrant County Bar Association

  • Director, Board of Directors, 2010-2011
  • Chair, Membership & Member Benefits Committee, 2007-2008; 2008-2009; 2010-2011
  • Chair, Law Day Professionalism Award Committee, 2010-2011
  • Member, Transition to Law Practice Mentor Program Committee, 2010-2011

Dallas Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Admissions & Membership Committee, 2011
  • Co-Chair, Minority Participation Committee, 2010
  • Member, Transition to Law Practice Mentor Program Committee, 2011 & 2010
  • Member, Courthouse Committee, 2010
  • Recipient, Outstanding Minority Attorney Award, 2009

Dallas Hispanic Bar Association

  • Member, Board of Directors, 2012
  • Co-Chair, Law Student Assistance Committee, 2010-2014
  • Member, President’s Advisory Council, 2010

Hispanic National Bar Association

  • Chair, Law Student Programming Committee, HNBA Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas, 2011
  • Member, Career Fair Committee, HNBA Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas, 2011
  • Member, Scholarship Committee, HNBA Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas, 2011

Courtney Key, J.D.
Assistant Director for Career Services
817- 212-4013
ckey@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:
J.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A. with high honors, The University of Texas at Austin

BAR ADMISSION:
State Bar of Texas

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Housing law and insurance defense

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:
Tarrant County Bar Association

  • Cast Member/Writer, Tortfeasors – annual sketch comedy show benefitting the Tarrant County Bar Foundation, 2011-Present
  • Board of Directors, TCBA Women Attorneys Section, 2012-Present
  • Member, Transition to Practice Committee, 2014
  • Chair, Canned Food Drive Committee, 2012-2013

National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

  • Speaker, 2015 Annual Education Conference, “Navigating Crosscurrents: Challenges & Opportunities in Partnerships Between Career Services & Externship Departments”

Job Fair Consortia

  • Chair, Texas in Washington (D.C.) Recruitment Program, 2009-Present
  • Board Member, Sunbelt Minority Recruitment Program, 2006-2011
  • Board Member, Southeastern Minority Job Fair, 2007

Community Involvement

  • Member, SteerFW Urban Development Task Force, 2012-2013
  • Member, City of Fort Worth Central City Redevelopment Committee, 2012-2013
  • Member, Fort Worth Sister Cities Emerging Leadership Network for Young Professionals, 2012-2013

Katharine Adams, J.D.
Career Services Coordinator
817- 212-3828
kadams@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:
J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
B.A., Baylor University

BAR ADMISSION:
State Bar of Texas

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Wealth management, estate planning and family law

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:

  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers
  • Member, Tarrant County Women Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Zinzi Bonilla, J.D.
Career Services Coordinator
817- 212-4064
zdbonilla@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:

  • J.D., Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • B.S., Texas Christian University

BAR ADMISSION:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Criminal prosecution

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:

  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers
  • Member, L. Clifford Davis Legal Association
  • Member, JL Turner Legal Association
  • Associate, Eldon B. Mahon, American Inn of Court, 2014-present

Natalia M. Cashen, J.D.
Career Services Coordinator
817- 212-4180
ncashen@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

EDUCATION:

  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law
  • B.A., Texas Christian University

BAR ADMISSION:

  • State Bar of Texas

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Immigration Law

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:

  • Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Member, Tarrant County Young Lawyers
  • Member, Tarrant County Women Lawyers
  • Member, Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Arlington Bar Association
  • Member, Arlington Young Lawyers Association

Brenda Prachyl
Lead Office Assistant
817- 212-4050
bprachyl@law.tamu.edu

Professional Profile

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE:

  • Member, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)

Career Development Seminars

Additionally, a wide range of career seminars and panels are offered each semester to educate students on career opportunities and developing as a lawyer. These are offered during the day and evening.

Focused on three distinct areas – career development, skills building and practice areas of law – our seminars provide an invaluable opportunity for you to learn skills maximizing your job choices, as well as real-life exposure to different practice areas of law. Running the gamut from exploring career opportunities to helping students decide what they want to do to writing résumés, Career Services offers students the chance to learn the skills needed to get a job.

In addition, in October, the Career Services staff presents a mandatory orientation specifically for 1Ls covering all aspects of job hunting, including what steps need to be taken during the first year.

While seminar topics vary each year, previous seminars have included:

  • Job Search Strategies for 1Ls/2Ls/3Ls/Evening Students
  • Practice panels, such as international law, criminal law, bankruptcy, family law, tax law, etc.
  • Military JAG Careers
  • Department of Justice Internships and Postgraduate Hiring Programs
  • Creating Your Online Professional Profile & Effectively Utilizing LinkedIn
  • Utilizing Social Media in Your Job Search
  • Résumé and Cover Letter Drafting
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Networking
  • Research Tips for Law Clerks
  • Mentorship Panels

All our seminars are recorded, so you can access them at your convenience.