Visiting Assistant Professor
Director; 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. Prof. Bonadero counsels and guides her students through their workplace experiences.
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 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 certified 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, a board member of the Harris County Drug Court Foundation, a member of the Garland R. Walker Inn of Court, and of the Houston Bar Association.