Afton Cavanaugh

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

St. Mary's University School of Law


As Director of Law Success, I work closely with St. Mary’s Director of Assessment and Statistics to guide the Law Success team in taking an innovative, data-driven approach to student growth by using the data-gathered to plan legal skills development, bar exam initiatives, and individual academic counseling. As a graduated of St. Mary’s School of Law I am proud of the work Law Success is doing to help our students

Before joining St. Mary’s I practiced property and business law for a few years. As a child I experienced first hand what it meant to be homeless and hungry for several years. Community resources helped me and my brothers survive than and I have since dedicated myself to serving my community to give back. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), a non-profit organization that aligns resources for community stakeholders to utilize in combating homelessness, as well as the Board of Directors for the Council on At-Risk Youth and the board for the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

I live in San Antonio with my wife, 3 daughters, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.

Fun Facts fun facts

Celine Dion is my favorite singer of all time!

Bird watching and hiking are my favorite activities.

I play the violin and the guitar.