Cynthia O. Akatugba graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2013. She returned to UT Austin in January 2022 as an Assistant Vice President for Legal Affairs.
Akatugba started her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Elaine D. Kaplan of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. Following her clerkship, she joined the firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, practicing government contracts litigation in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Akatugba returned to Texas in 2019, working as an Assistant Attorney General in the General Litigation and Administrative Law Divisions of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. In that capacity, she represented state agencies, public universities, employees, and officials in a variety of civil litigation matters in state and federal courts.
Prior to her legal endeavors, Akatugba taught middle school math at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas from 2006-2010. Akatugba is a graduate of Princeton University.