Visiting Assistant Professor; Director of Judicial Internship/ Externship Program
ERMA BONADERO is an Visiting Assistant Professor and the Director of the Judicial Internship/Externship Program. In this capacity, she oversees her upper-level students’ field placements which occur in judicial chambers, as well as in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. In her courses, Prof. Bonadero guides students through their workplace experience via classroom discussion, reflective writings, presentations, field trips, and with featured guest speakers from the local legal community.
Professor Bonadero acquired her undergraduate degree from Texas State University (cum laude), and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she was a research editor of the Houston Law Review. During her final semester she served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Judge Edith R. Jones of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which she considers the highlight of her law school career.
Upon law school graduation, Prof. Bonadero worked as a civil litigator in the Houston office of an international law firm. She later served as an Assistant Harris County Attorney in the Children’s Protective Division, handling cases of alleged child abuse and neglect. Through the UHLC’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Prof. Bonadero became a trained mediator and earned her certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills.
Additionally, Prof. Bonadero is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation – the largest charitably-funded bar foundation in the country – an honor shared by just one-third of one percent of attorneys in the state. She was thrilled to have been nominated for inclusion in this premier organization by one of her externship students’ field placement supervisor. Prof. Bonadero serves as a director-at-large for the Texas State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, is on the Law Advisory Board of Children at Risk, and is a board member of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation.