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Peer Support

On the first day of orientation, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are exceptional second-year law students who want to help you have a fun, successful and engaging first year. They provide continuous guidance and support throughout your first year, helping you feel welcomed, connecting you with your new environment and directing you to resources to help you become an integral part of the law school community.

You'll also have access to peer tutors — outstanding upper-division students who have prior experience teaching or mentoring students. Peer tutors host workshops and send weekly tips to you throughout your first year at USC Gould. They also are available for individual or small-group meetings to help with study skills and exam-prep techniques.

Dedicated legal writing fellows provide still further assistance to help you transition from academic writing to legal writing. Each writing fellow is paired with one of the legal writing professors. Fellows attend each writing class, teach proper legal citation form, and provide individual assistance with writing assignments during weekly office hours.

2017-18 First-Year Peer Mentors

Gabriela Afra

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Gabi was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. Embracing her love of obscure animals, she attended UC Irvine (home of the anteaters) and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science and a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior. While an undergrad, Gabi taught a freshman-oriented University Studies course for two years and spent a summer interning in Washington, D.C., at a nonprofit organization focused on maximizing the number of Americans with health care coverage, where she discovered her interest in health policy. After graduating, Gabi spent a year working at Jazzercise (yes, it still exists) and for a personal injury law firm in Newport Beach. As a 1L, Gabi served as a 1L rep for the Health Law Society, and as a 2L, she looks forward to serving on the board of the Jewish Law Student Association. This summer, she will be working as a law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in the Hardcore Gang Division. In her free time, Gabi enjoys binge-watching "The Office," playing tennis, trying every restaurant she can, and admiring the DTLA skyline. She can't wait to meet the class of 2020 and welcome them to the Trojan Family!

Allyson Bach

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Allyson is from Huntington Beach, Calif. also known as “Surf City USA,” though you should know that surfing is not within her skill-set. Instead, she prefers land activities such as practicing vinyasa yoga, golfing, and hiking, particularly as a way to explore our national parks. Her goal one day is to visit all 59 national parks, as she enjoys traveling as much as she does hiking.

She graduated in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Urban Planning from UCLA , where she was elected to the student government council and Vice-President of Kappa Delta Sorority. A year later, she decided to venture to the other side of town and attend USC Gould for law school. With the two top alumni networks in all of Southern California, she is confident that she has the best deal in town, though she still needs to adjust to being called a “Brojan.”

As a first-year, she was the 1L rep for APALSA, served as the Awards Chair for SBA, and was part of the First Generation Professionals Program. This summer, she will be externing for the Honorable George Wu in Federal District Court for the Central District of California in DTLA. As a 2L, she looks forward to serving as co-president of APALSA. She is so excited to start her 2L year at USC Gould and give back to a community that supported her during her 1L year. She can’t wait to meet all of you!

David Balderston

Undergraduate: California State University, Sacramento

David was born and raised in Oakland, Calif. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2015, with a BA in Government. As an undergraduate, David served as a Professor’s Assistant where he taught a government adjunct class, and worked as a clerk for California’s Assembly Chief Clerk. Upon graduating, he continued to work in the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk and later worked for the City of Oakland, teaching sports to kids. He served as a 1L rep for Street Law and the Sports Law Society. This summer he will be working as an intern at Iridium Sports and performing and presenting research on sports analytics for the American Business Forum. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and fishing, spending time with family, and watching “Silicon Valley.” He is excited to welcome the class of 2020 to the Trojan Family!

Katy Carlyle

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Katy grew up in San Diego where she fell in love with competitive sailing. She has raced on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and all the way across Lake Michigan. She attended the University of Chicago and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal at Flachsbart & Greenspoon, LLC, a small intellectual property firm. She is very happy to be living closer to her family and enjoying the southern California beaches. This summer, Katy will be working for the Office of the Independent Assessor for the Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners and as a research assistant for Professor Dan Klerman. She also hopes to adopt a puppy. Katy is very excited to be a peer mentor and can’t wait to meet the Class of 2020!

Cynthia Chiu

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Cynthia was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a double major in Economics and Legal Studies. As an undergraduate, she played for the Cal club tennis team, and fought for Cal Boxing. She also worked for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and spent a summer studying abroad in London. During her gap year, Cynthia spent time changing lives at the world-renowned Nordstrom Rack of Oakridge Mall. As a 1L, she served as a representative for both the Business Law Society and the Sports Law Society. In her free time, she enjoys finding reasons to use Postmates, eating absurd amounts of Hot Cheetos, and watching “Planet Earth II” or David Blaine documentaries. This summer, Cynthia will be working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Zacky and Judge Merritt at the L.A. Superior Court. Next year, she will be the treasurer for the Criminal Law Society, the VP of Programming for the Sports Law Society, and will be playing right bench for the San Jose Sharks until the day they stop choking in the playoffs. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2020 to USC - Fight on!

Ashley De Vance

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Ashley De Vance was born and raised in Long Beach. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UCLA. Because of her love for Diddy Reese (a delicious cookie shop that every Bruin knows about) and her passion for helping others, she went back to UCLA and got a teaching credential in social science and a Master’s degree in Education. Ashley went on to teach social studies in South Los Angeles. She worked with 18-24 year olds and helped them earn their high school diploma. During her time as a teacher, she partnered with the Strategy Center in Los Angeles to organize workshops for students about political efficacy and knowing their rights. She also started a group for students dedicated to gender identity and sexism.

After three years of teaching, Ashley was inspired to go to law school. So she made the ultimate betrayal and decided to join the Trojan family. It was one of the best decisions she has made (and most Bruins have forgiven her)! Now, she is officially a “Brojan.” Ashley is part of several organizations on campus, including First Generation Professionals, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), and the National Lawyers Guild.

When Ashley is not studying, you may catch her at a Salsa and Bachata lesson (in the beginner section) or hiking with friends. If you ever want to start a conversation with Ashley, ask her about “Game of Thrones” or “The Walking Dead.” The conversation may never end.

She is really excited to serve as a Peer Mentor!

Caitlin Devereaux

Undergraduate: Rice University

After growing up in sunny Los Angeles, Caitlin Devereaux moved to sunnier Houston to attend Rice University where she played four years of powderpuff football, helmed the campus literary magazine, and served as president of Sid Richardson College. After graduation, Caitlin worked as a writer and public relations specialist at a brand strategy firm where her passion for research and writing grew stronger until she finally took the leap and applied to law school. In the summer before her 1L year, Caitlin interned with Entity Magazine where she focused her energy on championing female leaders by pitching and publishing interviews with successful women at the top of traditionally male-dominated fields. This summer, Caitlin will serve as a judicial extern for the Honorable Christina A. Snyder in the Central District of California. In her second year at USC Gould, Caitlin Devereaux looks forward to planning events as a Student Bar Association Social Chair. Outside of school, Caitlin enjoys testing recipes from her favorite food bloggers, discovering indie beauty brands and spending weekends with her family in wine country.

Soroosh Faegh

Undergraduate: University of Texas, Austin

Soroosh was raised in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communication. After graduation, Soroosh spent five years starting an independent record label focusing on rap/hip-hop music. During that time, he recorded and released an album that debuted in the iTunes top-40 music charts. He also toured and worked with various Grammy-winning and platinum-selling artists.

Soroosh was eager to leave Texas for law school, and could not be happier with his decision to move to Los Angeles and attend USC Gould. This summer he will be in San Francisco working in house for Twitter’s legal department. He has an (unhealthy) obsession with the game of basketball, can whip up delicious tacos, and cannot wait to meet and welcome the incredible class of 2020. Rdouble – Fight On!

Corinne Fierro

Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

Corinne is from the cold (comparatively). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penn., she graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015, double majoring in English and print journalism. During her years as an undergraduate, Corinne studied abroad in London for two summers, where she interned with a British communications firm. She also worked as a writing tutor at Penn State’s writing center and as a writer/copy editor for Penn State’s student-run life and style magazine, Valley. After college, Corinne moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English to high school students. Unfortunately, her terrible dancing ability followed her there, and she was unable to learn how to dance salsa, bachata, or flamenco. In her free time, Corinne enjoys boxing, and going to brunch, especially in that order. She is also very passionate about cooking, celebrity gossip, make up trends, and making “30 Rock” references—please feel free to approach her about any of these topics at any time, and she will happily engage. Corinne was a 1L representative for the Women’s Law Association, and will be Co-President of the Association next year. This summer, she will be a clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Corinne is very excited for her 2L year, and she can’t wait to welcome the class of 2020!

Taylor Francis

Undergraduate: Iowa State University

Taylor grew up in Minnesota, south of Minneapolis, and completed his undergrad at Iowa State University in Materials Engineering and Business Management. Since moving to L.A., he has learned to love the fast-paced yet fun Los Angeles lifestyle. His legal interests are in real estate and new venture startup, and he cannot think of a better time and place than USC in Los Angeles to explore those interests. In his free time he enjoys biking, cooking, attending bar reviews, reading, and exploring the city. Taylor is the president of USCOutlaw as well as the Real Estate Law Society. As a 2L he hopes to continue having meaningful conversations about the law and justice, and keep asking questions. He is excited to show the incoming 2020 Gould Trojans how great USC and Los Angeles are.

Jenna Harrison

Undergraduate: Santa Clara University

Jenna was born and raised in California’s Sonoma County. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Sociology and Political Science in 2016. As an undergraduate, Jenna was a technician at United States Federal Pretrial Services, a lab assistant for the sociology department and worked on research projects with professors about youth on probation and social movements in Latin America while holding leadership positions within her sorority. For law school, she decided to try out the other half of California. During her first year of law school, Jenna was a 1L rep for the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) and will be the Marketing Director for EVCA during her 2L year. She was also the smallest member of the USC Gould Supreme Court Basketball Team and is already looking forward to next year’s game. This summer, she will be working for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. In her free time she loves hiking, fitness classes and finding the best ice cream L.A. has to offer. Jenna is thrilled to welcome the class of 2020 to the Trojan family! Fight on!

Alexandra Jackson

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Alexandra (A.J.) Jackson was born and raised in sunny Orange County. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and will forever consider herself a "Brojan" (Bruin-Trojan). As an undergraduate, she double-majored in Communications and Political Science, served as Philanthropy Chair for her sorority, Chi Omega, and was a three-year member of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. She grew up with two lawyer parents, so attending law school was always her dream. Next year, she will serve as the Faculty Selection Chair of the USC Gould Student Bar Association. In her free time, A.J. loves hanging out with the love of her life, her basset hound Bleu, and binge-watching "The Millionaire Matchmaker". She's so excited to meet all the new 1L students and welcome them to USC!

Nazeli Khodabakhsh

Undergraduate: Occidental College

Nazeli was born in Iran, and grew up in Los Angeles. She attended Occidental College, where she majored in Psychology and Diplomacy & World Affairs. After she graduated from Occidental, she spent two years working in risk management, and still spends an inordinate amount of time worrying about things. This summer, Nazeli will be working at the USC Gould Immigration Clinic. In her 2L year, she will continue to work at the Immigration Clinic, and will serve as Vice President of the Armenian Law Students Association. In her free time, she loves to bake and looks forward to making sure her mentees are never hungry. She is very excited to welcome the class of 2020 to the Trojan family!

Matthew Kordowski

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Matthew was born and raised in Nashville. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA studying political science while minoring in public policy. Matthew’s interest in the law stems from a passion in eradicating racial disparities and biases in our legal system. At UCLA, he spent a semester in Washington, D.C. working for the Senate Judiciary Committee while completing his research thesis concerning the political motivations behind racially restrictive voting laws. As a 1L, Matthew served as a student representative for the Student Bar Association and will be working for a federal district judge in Los Angeles this summer. Outside of school, Matthew is all about getting outside. He enjoys going to the beach and surfing as often as possible and exploring the incredible national parks that California has to offer. True to his Nashville origins, Matthew also enjoys playing piano and guitar and discovering new music. Matthew looks forward to helping the Class of 2020 adjust to this new chapter in their lives and providing recommendations for living life in Los Angeles to the fullest.

Justin Mello

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Justin was born and raised in Long Beach. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated in 2015 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. While at UCLA, Justin enjoyed spending a quarter in Washington, D.C., interning for the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. He also contributed to several student organizations, particularly the American Sign Language Club (even though he does not know sign language), and completed his honors thesis on California Capital Punishment. After spending a year working at a grocery store, Justin enrolled at USC Gould. This summer, Justin will be externing for the Honorable Jean P. Rosenbluth in downtown Los Angeles, while also working part-time as a research assistant for Professor Abby Wood.

In his free time, Justin enjoys everything sports, despite his absolute dearth of anything resembling athletic ability. He is an avid follower of Angels baseball, Ducks hockey, and Lakers basketball. He also recently jumped on the Rams football bandwagon. Aside from sports, Justin loves camping, cooking, and binge watching all things nerdy.

Justin can’t wait to meet and welcome the Class of 2020 to the Trojan family! Fight On!

Maggie Mendez

Undergraduate: California State University, Northridge

Maggie is a Southern California native, raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. She graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. While at CSUN, she was a JusticeCorps volunteer and an intern for a criminal court judge. She also participated in the National Student Exchange Program by living in New Jersey for a semester. After graduating from CSUN, she spent a year working as a scheduler coordinating therapist and client schedules for children with autism. Maggie ultimately decided to go to law school to pursue a career as a public defender. During her first year at USC, she was a 1L representative for the Latino Law Students Association and a member of the First Generation Professionals Program. Maggie is very excited to welcome the class of 2020 to the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Michael Mottweiler

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Michael was born and raised in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology with a specialization in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University. While in East Lansing, he was a teaching assistant for several environmental science courses and spent a summer semester studying human and environment interaction in Kenya.

After taking two years off to work in the environmental remediation industry as a mobile laboratory chemist, Mike enrolled at USC Gould School of Law. This summer, he will be externing for the Hon. Jorge L. Alonso in the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago. As a 2L, Mike will serve on the Executive Boards of both the Criminal Law Society, as co-president, and the Student Bar Association, as a social chair.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, and spending time in the southern California sun. He welcomes the Class of 2020 and can’t wait to meet the newest members of the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Morgan Nelson

Undergraduate: New York University

Morgan was born in Mission Hills, Calif. but didn’t spend much time there before moving to Oregon, where she spent 99% of her childhood. Morgan left Portland (right before it got cool) and moved to New York City, where she attended New York University for her undergraduate degree in Media, Culture and Communications. While at NYU Morgan was an orientation week leader, student film producer and professional intern, which led her to a job in digital production at MTV Networks’ LGBT-focused channel, LogoTV. After three years in the working world, Morgan found herself longing to return to both school and the West Coast, and chose Gould because of a lifelong interest in the law, and specifically because of the school’s entertainment law opportunities, Trojan Network and promise of never having to see snow again. As a 1L, Morgan was involved in OUTLaw and the Entertainment Law Society, and as a 2L will be a member of the student board for the Gold Honors Scholars, the vice president of the Entertainment Law Society, and a co-president of OUTLaw. Outside of school, Morgan enjoys cheering on the Seattle Seahawks, discussing all things Disney and/or Harry Potter, and attempting to find the world’s best Buffalo wings. She can't wait to meet the class of 2020 and welcome them to the Trojan Family!

Shelby Palmer

Undergraduate: Spelman College

Shelby was born and raised in Canton, Michigan. She attended Spelman College for undergrad, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Management and Organization. During her undergraduate career, Shelby became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and served as Chief Justice for the Student Government Association.

Shelby served as a 1L Representative for the Black Law Students Association and will serve as the organization’s president as a 2L. This summer, Shelby will be a summer associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Outside of law school, Shelby enjoys shopping, working out, and watching reality TV and stand-up comedy.

Gaganjyot Sandhu

Undergraduate: Chapman University

Gagan was born and raised in San Jose, Calif. and graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with a major in psychology and a minor in political science. As an undergraduate, she enjoyed participating in Chapman's student government and working as a research assistant. As a 1L, Gagan was the Graduate Student Government 1L Senator, volunteered with legal aid organizations in New Orleans, and was a 1L representative for the American Constitution Society. This summer, she will intern with the Labor Relations division of the L.A. City Attorney's Office. Next year, Gagan will serve as the Vice President of the 2L class. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Warriors (ball is life), taste testing every type of hummus at Trader Joe's, and spending way too much time at Target. She is very excited to welcome the USC Gould class of 2020. Fight on!

Jason Schechter

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Jason was born and raised on the beaches of sunny San Diego. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia where he learned how to speak Australian to fit in with the locals, mate. After graduating from UCLA, Jason worked in the Business Services at Latham & Watkins, where he learned that becoming a lawyer was his destiny. As a 1L, he was a rep for the Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA), and enjoyed free lunches from all of the other law societies. During his 1L summer, Jason served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff. This year, he looks forward to serving as co-vice president of JLSA and hopes to start up the Space Law Society, which is actually a thing. When he’s not busy meme-ing, you can find Jason surfing at Malibu or eating spicy food. He can’t wait to meet the class of 2020 and welcome them to USC!

Janet Shamilian

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Janet was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Leadership. She loved USC so much that she stayed an additional year after her undergraduate studies and earned her Masters in Public Administration from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Since Triple Trojan has a nice ring to it, Janet, almost immediately after receiving her acceptance, enrolled in her dream school, USC Gould School of Law. Janet vows to be a USC football season ticket holder…forever. At Gould, she has served as the 1L Student Bar Association Representative for Section K-O as well as the 1L Representative for the Public Interest Law Foundation. In the summer of her 1L year, Janet will be externing for the Honorable Judge Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Judge for the Central District of California. In addition to being a Peer Mentor, Janet will serve as the 2L Class President and as co-director of Interior Programming for the Sports Law Society. Janet’s passions include cooking, the art of plating (yes, plating food), Harry Potter, art, reading, and sports. Class of 2020, Welcome to the Trojan Family! Fight On!

Prabhjyot Singh

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Prab was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a true L.A. native who loves pressed juices, hikes with a scenic view and weekends at the beach. Prior to joining USC Gould, she attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in English in 2015. Upon graduation, she worked for a small start-up fashion magazine as a content editor.

This past year, Prab was a 1L representative for the Women’s Law Association (WLA) and Health Law Society (HLS) and looks forward to her work as co-president of WLA and Events Chair of HLS as a 2L. During her 1L summer, Prab will be working as a judicial extern to the Honorable Alka Sagar in the Central District of California. In her (limited) free time, Prab enjoys exploring L.A/, indulging in sophisticated Bravo programs, shopping, talking about her feisty Shih-Tzu and aimlessly browsing Instagram. She is very excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Trojan family!

Elyssa Sternberg

Undergraduate: Boston University

Elyssa is originally from Long Island, New York (and has strong opinions on the quality of pizza and bagels from anywhere else). She received her degree in Journalism with a minor in political science from Boston University where she was editor-in-chief of BU’s chapter of Her Campus. She also interned at Walt Disney World, but despite her resemblance with Merida from “Brave,” no, she was not a princess. Upon graduation, she moved back to N.Y. to work at a law firm in Manhattan. After spending a year living with her parents, she decided to move as far away in the continental United States as possible (just kidding, mom!) and came to USC. During her 1L summer, Elyssa will be a judicial extern for the Honorable Lisa Sepe-Wiesenfeld. As a 2L, she will be the communications chair of the Entertainment Law Society. In her free time, Elyssa likes re-watching episodes of “30 Rock” and taking advantage of the fact she currently lives in the same state as Disneyland.

Stuart Summerville

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Stuart (Stu) was born and raised in Indianapolis. He graduated with a degree in Journalism (and a minor in Sociology) from Indiana University in 2016. Motivated by a desire to save the world, he took extra credit hours each semester and graduated in two years, when he was only 18 years old.

Entering law school at 19 was weird at first, but he found friends quickly and had a great 1L year, and even went on the annual trip to the Sundance Film Festival. He watches TV shows, movies, likes brunch and kicks it on the beach as much as he can. He's into reading and wants to change the world. You'll catch him listening to music any time, and he always loves a good conversation.

As a 2L, Stu hopes to study concepts he's really interested in, have new experiences at the law school and explore Los Angeles even more! Stu is excited to show the incoming 1Ls what the USC Gould community is all about!

Emma Tehrani

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Emma was born in Phoenix and, after a brief stint in Chicago, she quickly returned to warmer climes for law school. She studied Political Science and Psychology in college, where she studied abroad in Paris, directed the ballet club, and learned to knit -- an ultimately unsuccessful attempt at making the Chicago winters bearable.

During her first year, Emma served as a 1L representative for the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Public Interest Law Foundation, CARES, and the Women's Law Association. As a 2L, she will serve as the co-president of the International Refugee Assistance Project and the mentorship chair of the Women's Law Association. She will spend the summer working at USC's Immigration Clinic. When she is not busy studying, Emma can be found dancing with USC's Chamber Ballet Company, walking shelter dogs, and gazing longingly at Snapchats of the beach. Emma is very excited to meet her mentees and welcome the Class of 2020!

Daniel Ulman

Undergraduate: Carleton College

Danny was born and raised in Los Angeles. Danny attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he majored in Religion, played club rugby, and learned how to make a snowman. After college, Danny worked at Paramount Pictures in the Motion Picture Legal department. As a 1L, Danny was involved with Jewish Law Students Association, American Constitution Society, and Entertainment Law Society. This summer, Danny will be returning to Paramount as a summer intern. In his free time, Danny is an avid college football fan and (still) hasn’t given up his dream of being a walk-on football player. Fight on!

Kaitlyn Winkle

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History, with minors in English and Anthropology. After graduation, Kaitlyn worked for the Boys and Girls Club of the L.A. Harbor’s College Bound program, helping high school students gain access to higher education. She made the difficult decision to remain in sunny Southern California to attend USC, where upon arriving she learned that she had officially become a “Brojan.”

This summer, Kaitlyn worked for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in its Torrance Self Help Legal Access Center. Kaitlyn was a 1L Representative for the Art Law Society, and as a 2L she will serve on the Art Law Board as its publicity and communications chair. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and all things “Game of Thrones” or “Harry Potter”- related. Kaitlyn is very excited to welcome the Class of 2020 to the USC family!

April Yang

Undergraduate: Emory University

April was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in New Jersey and Virginia. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, graduating with a major in English and a minor in Global Health. The best things she did at Emory were joining an R&B and hip hop a cappella group and writing a (very morbid) honors thesis about Edgar Allan Poe. After college, she accidentally landed a job as a litigation legal assistant at Sullivan & Cromwell and lived in New York City for two years. Having had enough of winter and waiting in lines, she traded in her big city life on the East Coast for…life in an equally big city on the West Coast! But at least it’s beautiful year-round here, so she’s not complaining.

This summer, she’ll be working as a law clerk in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Division, which she loves telling people for the shock value. When she’s not studying the law, April loves exploring and wasting time with her friends, eating her way around L.A., and petting other people’s dogs. She can’t wait to meet the Class of 2020 and welcome them to the Trojan family!

Camille Yona

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Camille was born and raised in sunny L.A. and has no desire of ever leaving (as of yet). She is a "double Trojan," who graduated summa cum laude from USC in 2011 with a degree in Communication. Needless to say, she was ecstatic to be returning for law school.

In her year off, before starting at USC Gould, Camille balanced her time working as a legal assistant at a boutique-sized criminal defense office in downtown L.A., writing blog posts and designing websites for various clients, tutoring elementary school children, and reserving some time for her friends and herself. She spent her summer traveling to Thailand and Japan, home to her two favorite cuisines. Camille's favorite thing to do when she's not studying is to grab a book and explore one of L.A.'s many coffee shops.

She is very excited to serve as a peer mentor and to give the incoming class of 2020 a warm welcome to USC.

2017-18 Transfer Student Peer Mentor

Rasela Mino

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Ela was raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and attended the University of Calgary where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society and a minor in Political Science. Ela spent her 1L year at Southwestern Law School, where she served as a peer mentor, and was invited to join the Southwestern Law Review and Dean’s Fellow Program. During her 1L summer, Ela worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Division. Ela later transferred to USC Gould to finish the remainder of her legal education. Upon transferring, Ela joined the Immigration Clinic and competed in an ABA mock trial tournament. This summer, Ela will be joining the intellectual property team at The Walt Disney Company as a Graduate Associate.

Outside of her academics, Ela lives an active lifestyle, which has of course included playing competitive ice hockey. She also enjoys attending sporting events and is an avid Trojans football fan. Ela is thrilled to welcome the incoming transfer students and cannot wait to welcome them to the Trojan family! Fight on!

2017-18 Peer Mentor Executive Board

Crystal Huynh

Undergraduate: University of the Pacific

NorCal born and bred, Crystal attended the University of the Pacific for her undergraduate degree. She graduated in 2015 and finished in three years because she just couldn't wait to get to law school. When she was deciding where to pursue her legal dream, the sunny Southern California weather and friendly USC atmosphere were just too good to pass up. During her 1L summer, Crystal pursued her dream of a career in the name of public service and clerked for the Legal Services of Northern California. As a 2L, in addition to being a Peer Mentor, Crystal was a participant in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, the Post-Conviction Justice Project, and a fellow for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Further, during her 2L year, she discovered her love of all things tax law and decided to pursue a joint JD-Master's of Business Taxation degree. In her 2L summer and 3L fall, she will continue her pursuit of a "career in the name of public (or maybe government) service" and clerk for the L.A. City Attorney's Office- Department of Water and Power and the United States Attorney's Office- Tax Division. In her spare time, she enjoys Netflix binges, cooking, and is on an eternal quest to find the best tacos in L.A. She is so excited to welcome the new class of Trojans to USC Gould! Fight on!

Vanuhi Karapetian

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Vanuhi (Vannie) was born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at UC San Diego, where she double majored in History and Political Science while also working at the San Diego District Attorney's Office. Vannie took two years off after graduation and worked at City National Bank. During her first year at USC Gould, Vannie was a 1L representative for the International Law and Relations Organization and a judicial extern for the Honorable Manuel L. Real in the Central District. In her second year in law school, Vannie was a semifinalist for the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and served as a Research Assistant for the First Generation Professionals Program. This summer, Vannie will be joining K&L Gates in Century City as a summer associate. In her free time, Vannie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and catching sunsets. Vannie is so excited to be on the Peer Mentor Board and help next year's mentors excel in their positions.

Daniel Schreiber

Undergraduate: Yeshiva University

Daniel was born and raised in Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Yeshiva University, where he spent his freshman year abroad in Israel, and then spent his remaining three years in New York. Daniel joined USC Gould immediately after graduation. During his first year, Daniel was a 1L representative for both the Business Law Society and the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association, a summer legal intern with WestPark Capital Financial Services, and a Research Assistant for Professor Ariela Gross. In his second year, Daniel was a staff member of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice Journal and a board member for the Business Law Society. This summer, Daniel will intern at the Attorney General of New York in the Financial Real Estate Bureau.

Outside of law school, Daniel is an avid Anaheim Ducks, Dodgers, and Trojans fan, loves traveling, and relaxing at the beach. Daniel is excited to be on the Peer Mentor Board for the upcoming year and welcoming the Class of 2020 to the Trojan family! Fight On!

2017-18 Peer Tutors

James Nikraftar (Sections A-E)

Undergraduate: Yeshiva University

James was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Yeshiva University in New York City, where he studied History and Pre-Med. After graduating in 2010, James spent two years on Wall Street before moving to Philadelphia, where he was a quantitative analyst for a family-office venture capital firm. James spent his 1L summer interning for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in the Hardcore Gangs Division, and this past summer as a Summer Associate at Goodwin LLP. Outside of the hallowed halls of Gould, James enjoys travelling with his wife (who is too good for him), practicing martial arts, and cooking. Congratulations Class of 2020 and welcome home!

Emily Cronin (Sections F-J)

Undergraduate: Colorado College

Emily grew up in Laguna Beach, California. She was a Delta Gamma at Colorado College and graduated in 2012 with a major in Middle Eastern Studies. After graduating, she worked for a year as a domestic violence advocate in a women's shelter. For the next two years before law school, she taught middle school math in Detroit with Teach for America. Emily worked as a federal judicial extern during her 1L summer for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in downtown Los Angeles. During her 2L summer, Emily worked as a summer associate for the Los Angeles firm Munger, Tolles & Olson. After graduation she will serve as a law clerk for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles. Outside of law school, she likes running, hanging out with her pet chinchilla named Eggplant, eating kale, and going to brunch. She can't wait to meet the class of 2020!

Daniel Brovman (Sections K-O)

Undergraduate: Columbia University

Daniel was born and raised in and around New York City with a brief stint in London. He attended Columbia University, where he studied History and Political Science, graduating in 2016. Daniel worked at the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York during his 1L summer, specifically in their Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit. Yes. It's exactly like Billions for those who watch. As a 2L, he will be Co-President of the Jewish Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society, the Treasurer of OUTLaw, and a staff member of the Southern California Law Review.

Recent News

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Time to Celebrate the Class of 2020
September 5, 2017

USC Gould welcomes the most diverse class in its history


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Gould Grad Rights a Wrong
August 30, 2017

Sidney Kanazawa ’78 Scores a High Court Win for Fellow Alumnus


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Career Services Dean Takes Community Approach
August 25, 2017

Elizabeth Armour calls on alumni, faculty and staff to help grads succeed