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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.

2019-20 First-Year Peer Mentors

Britny Arianpour

Undergraduate: University of Southern California


Britny was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude from USC’s Marshall School of Business and feels honored to be part of the Trojan Family.

During her first year at Gould, Britny served as the 1L rep for the Business Law Society, Real Estate Law Association, and Jewish Law Students Association. As a 2L, Britny looks forward to planning the Transactional Law Dinner for the Business Law Society, being co-vice president of the Jewish Law Students Association, and most importantly, being a peer mentor!

In her free time, Britny loves trying new restaurants, binge watching shows, and attending concerts. Some of her favorite shows include “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Office”. She can’t wait to welcome the class of 2022! (“It’s gonna be pretty pretty pretty good.”)

AJ Blair

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


AJ is a true Michigander, born and raised in Metro Detroit within earshot of Canada. True to her maize and blue roots, she headed to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan, where she studied Political Science and the History of Law and Policy.

Following undergrad, AJ ventured west and traversed 2,280 miles of wilderness to join USC Gould’s Class of 2021. At Gould, she is a member of Women’s Law Association, Law Students for Better Health, and the Sustainability Committee. She only misses Michigan winters slightly.

This summer, AJ will be working as a summer associate through the Pro Bono Scholars Program at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Century City. When she’s not “studying,” she is busy running, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and writing extensive Yelp reviews. She is very excited to meet the Class of 2022 and welcome them to the famous Trojan Family!

Emily Bratt

Undergraduate: Baylor University


Emily was born and raised in upstate New York. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in International Studies. While at Baylor, Emily worked at the Texas Collection Library preserving ancient newspapers and making copies endlessly. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and worked as a database assistant for a fundraising company.

This summer, Emily interned for a judge in Washington, D.C. During 2L, she will be a co-president of Gould’s First Generation Professionals Organization and will serve on the boards of Street Law and the International Law and Relations Organization.

In her free time, Emily buys plants, talks about plants or looks at pictures of plants. She is excited to be a peer mentor and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2022! Fight On!

Juliette Browne

Undergraduate: Georgetown University


Juliette is a proud Liberian-American who grew up in Maryland then moved to New York when she was 13. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2018 with a BA in American Studies and minors in Sociology and Music. In undergrad, Juliette was on the E-board of the NAACP GU chapter for all four years and served as President her senior year. She was also on the board of the B.R.A.V.E. Summit (celebrating Black women) since its inaugural year in 2015 and was the Sponsorships Director for the 2018 summit. Juliette also participated in the GU Gospel Choir, Resonant Essence Live (an a cappella group), and was an After School Kids tutor for adjudicated at-risk youth for three years. As an American Studies major, Juliette had to write a senior thesis and chose to write an 80+ page paper on Black musical resistance and Beyoncé’s political voice seen in her most recent musical works.

During her time at Georgetown, Juliette realized how much she loved music and that it was the career path she wanted to pursue, but through the vehicle of the law. So during her 1L year she was one of the 1L representatives for the Music Law Society (MLS). She is also a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Entertainment Law Society, and the Womxn of Color Collective. During her 2L year, Juliette will be serving as the President of MLS and the Social Chair for BLSA. Additionally, she is very excited to be a peer mentor and offer advice to the Class of 2022!

Kelly Butler

Undergraduate: Indiana University, Bloomington


Kelly Butler is from Northern Michigan and graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Journalism and Communications. Before coming to law school, she took a gap year in South Lake Tahoe, where she worked as a snowboard instructor and a boat driver. Over the summer she will be in Tacoma, Wash. working as an extern for a federal district judge. Next year she will be on the IP&Tech Law Society executive board.

In her spare time, Kelly tries to find opportunities to go snowboarding or wakeboarding, but if that doesn’t work she is content playing videogames with her friends. She likes dubstep and cartoons but occasionally gets embarrassed about both of those things. If she could have an army of minks or an army of bunnies, she would choose minks, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t love bunnies. She also is looking forward to the upcoming year and meeting all the new 1Ls!

Amanda Clark

Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Amanda was born and raised in Northern California. She received her B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and minored in Spanish. During her undergraduate career Amanda worked on a research project on the effect of gender on school enrollment and did her senior project on the effect of Foreign Direct Investment on Sexual Trafficking. As a 1L, Amanda served as the Section K-O Representative of the Public Interest Law Foundation and will be working at the Federal Bankruptcy Court for her 1L summer.

Before starting law school, Amanda got married and went on a two-week long honeymoon on the Greek island,Santorini.. She loves the beach, reading, and spending times outdoors, but is just as happy Netflixing and ordering food in with her husband. She is so glad that she chose USC and cannot wait to welcome the new students!

Davelyn Couch

Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University


Davelyn was born and raised in San Jose. She attended Loyola Marymount University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a minor in Philosophy. She took two years off before law school to get her CPA license and work as a Tax Associate at PwC in San Jose. She left the Bay Area again to come study at Gould, where she served as a 1L rep for APALSA and Phi Alpha Delta.

For her 1L summer, she is heading to Century City to work at Perkins Coie. In her free time, she enjoys sending her friends an obscene amount of memes, trying new restaurants, and spending too much money on a CrossFit membership. Her special skills include greeting every dog she walks by and walking through Trader Joe's just for the samples. She's looking forward to all of the great things to come next year including welcoming the new squad of 1Ls to the Trojan Family!

Tyler Dobberstein

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis


Tyler Dobberstein was born and raised in California’s Humboldt County.. He attended College of the Redwoods in Eureka. before transferring to the University of California, Davis where he received a BA in Political Science in 2016. As an undergraduate, he was active in the community including serving as a mentor to local high school students and organizing fundraisers for student organizations during Picnic Day, which is believed to be the largest student-run event in the U.S.

As the first in his family to attend college, Tyler is proud to be a member of USC Gould’s First Generation Professionals program. When he has some free time away from studying, Tyler enjoys exploring Los Angeles, caring for his growing collection of house plants, and attending live music shows. This summer, he is excited to work at USC Gould's Immigration Clinic. He can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2022! Fight on!

Kaitie Farrell

Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Kaitie was born and raised in Ventura County, Calif., but moved to upstate New York to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she earned a Bachelor’s in Science, Technology, and Society and a minor in Finance. During undergrad, she was a Resident Assistant as well as a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Eager to escape the cold weather, she graduated in 2.5 years and used her free semester to backpack through Europe before coming to Gould.

This past year, Kaitie was a 1L representative for Sports Law Society. During her 1L summer, she is working as a Summer Associate at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, a mid-sized firm in Ventura. As a 2L, Kaitie is excited to be a peer mentor as well as the treasurer for Sports Law Society, a Writing Fellow, and a Teaching Assistant for Professor Dan Klerman’s Civil Procedure I class.

In her free time Kaitie enjoys hiking, going to the gym, spending time at the beach, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams, even though everyone yells at her that she’s from California.

Danielle Fellguth

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley


Danielle was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a BA in Legal Studies and a minor in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. While in undergrad, she interned with California Lawyers for the Arts, California State Senator Loni Hancock, and served on two national boards focused on disability advocacy.

After she graduated,and before enrolling in law school at USC, she worked for a small employment law firm in the Bay Area. During her first year at Gould, she served as a 1L Representative for the Entertainment Law Society and was active in the Music Law Society. This summer she is working for the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). Danielle is also already looking forward to next year when she will serve as the Treasurer of the Entertainment Law Society and the Diversity Chair of the Music Law Society.

When she is not doing schoolwork, she loves finding the best coffee and food in Los Angeles and taking advantage of all of the amazing theater and performances in the area. Danielle is incredibly excited to be a peer mentor and looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2022 to the Trojan Family!

Julian Garcia

Undergraduate: Illinois State University


Julian grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science. While there, Julian served various roles within Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the Interfraternity Council. Now, Julian is eager to continue helping his peers through some of USC’s outstanding student organizations. As a 2L, Julian will serve on the Business Law Society, OUTLaw, and PAD executive boards.

Outside of law school, Julian spends most of his time on physical fitness and personal development. He enjoys weight training and dedicates many hours a week to rolling out and “becoming a supple leopard.” He also enjoys exploring new places and taking in incredible views. Overall, Julian is looking forward to welcoming the newest Trojans to USC Gould. Fight on!

Joe Garrett

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles


Joe was born and raised in Santa Clarita, Calif. with a family full of Trojans. He decided to stir up the pot and study history at UCLA where he served as the brotherhood chair of the co-ed pre-law fraternity Kappa Alpha Pi. After enjoying his time on the west side, and unwilling to leave beautiful Southern California, he decided to see what the Trojan family hype was about by attending USC Gould.

Very proud of his Mexican-American heritage, Joe is excited to serve as the Events Chair for the Latino Law Student Association during the 2019-2020 school year. Outside of law school you can find Joe bouncing around at a heavy metal concert, tracking down his poorly executed tee shot in the bushes at the local golf course, or tossing around a baseball dreaming about the Dodgers winning the World Series during his lifetime. He can’t wait to welcome the newest members of the Trojan family!

Anna Hardcastle

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania


Anna grew up in New York and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English. At Penn, Anna was president of her sorority, a writer for the “Daily Pennsylvanian” and a peer mentor to incoming freshmen. Anna always wanted to experience the L.A. lifestyle and finally got the chance by coming to Gould. During her first year, Anna was a 1L rep for the Criminal Law Society and worked at a small trial firm in West Hollywood during her 1L summer. When Anna isn’t cooking, baking, or eating, she enjoys tanning on the beach and watching “Gossip Girl.” Anna is excited to continue to pursue her passion of being a role model and a shoulder to lean on as a peer mentor for incoming 1Ls. Fight on!

Chinelo Ikem

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara


Chinelo Ikem grew up in Elk Grove, a suburb located in Sacramento County. She moved six hours south to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 2018 with a double BA in Political Science and Philosophy. As an undergraduate, she was the news director of her college radio station, and penned words for “Huffington Post” and “Pacific Standard Magazine.” She briefly considered journalism as a career path but decided to enroll in law school straight after undergrad.

During her first year of law school, she served as a 1L representative for both the Womxn of Color Collective and the Public Interest Law Foundation. In her 2L year, she will be President of the Womxn of Color Collective, Internal Events Chair for the Public Interest Law Foundation, and Faculty Selection Chair for the Student Bar Association.

This summer, Chinelo Ikem will be working at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles. Her interests include running, reading, astrology, and basketball. Chinelo is excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2022!

Tiffany Li

Undergraduate: Cornell University


Tiffany was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Cornell University in 2017 with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in Business. She worked briefly as an assistant to an art advisor in New York City before deciding to apply to law school in pursuit of a stable career doing what she loves and is ecstatic and grateful to attend USC Gould in sunny Los Angeles after a lifetime of Northeastern winters.

Tiffany was a 1L representative for APALSA and will continue her involvement her 2L year, serving as the co-president. She will also be on the executive board of OUTLaw and an LLM Legal Writing fellow. This summer, Tiffany will be a judicial extern for the Hon. George H. Wu in the Central District of California.

Outside of law school, you can find her frequenting art museums, binging “Terrace House” on Netflix, and running to pet dogs (her major form of exercise). Inside of law school, you can also find her running to pet dogs. She is excited to welcome the incoming 1L class!

Roark Luskin

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University


Roark was born and raised in Palo Alto. (talk to her about when the 49ers were good). As a California native, she loves everything the state has to offer, including the beach, hiking trails, and farmers' markets. Prior to her return to California, she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville,where she graduated with a BA in American Studies and got her fill of honky-tonk and country music. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she was a buyer and financial planner for Bloomingdale's. She plans to integrate her background in fashion into a career in soft-IP law.

During her 1L summer she is working as an IP-litigation intern for the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C. In her free time she will be experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, searching for new Korean skincare products and listening to a copious amount of podcasts. Roark is excited to be a peer mentor and can't wait to meet the class of 2022!

Alyssa Mahatme

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College


Alyssa is originally from New York. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Sociology in 2017. Her favorite experiences during undergrad were studying abroad in France and Japan. In her free time, Alyssa likes baking, hiking, portrait photography, exploring the local food scene, and spending time with her dog, Sophie.

After graduating, Alyssa worked as a corporate paralegal at Ropes and Gray LLP in Boston. During her 1L year, she served as a 1L Representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). This summer, she will be working as an extern for the Hon. Michael R. Wilner at the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

During her 2L year, Alyssa will serve as a Co-Chair of the SBA Diversity Committee, the Treasurer/Administrative Chair for the Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC), and as a teaching assistant for Professor Ariela Gross. Alyssa is very excited to be a peer mentor and looks forward to meeting the class of 2022!

Madeleine Messinger

Undergraduate: Villanova University


Madeleine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Villanova University in 2017 with majors in English and Humanities, as well as minors in Spanish and Business. As an undergraduate, Madeleine studied abroad in Vacone, Italy on an archaeological dig focused on excavating a Roman villa. She was also involved in Villanova’s Emergency Medical Services as an EMT, and Villanova’s Residence Life as a Resident Assistant.

Before law school, Madeleine spent a year in St. Louis working with the students of Washington University in St. Louis. At the close of the year, she was ready to leave the long winters behind and come back home to California!

During her 1L year, Madeleine was involved with the Women’s Law Association. As a 2L, Madeleine will serve on the Board of the Sports Law Society. This summer, Madeleine is working for the Los Angeles District Attorney in the Hardcore Gang division. In her free time, she enjoys embroidery, hiking, and searching for stores that carry oat milk (which she totally recommends). Madeleine is very excited to be a peer mentor and can’t wait to meet the Class of 2022!

Chandler Nahigian

Undergraduate: Westmont College


Chandler is a graduate of Westmont College, where he majored in Kinesiology and minored in Business and Economics. During his undergraduate years, Chandler spent a summer working for a small start-up in the heart of Silicon Valley and also spent several summers commercial fishing for salmon in the San Juan Islands. Following graduation from Westmont, Chandler worked at a boutique multi-family office and trust company in Santa Barbara, where he provided ongoing client support and project management.

As a fourth-generation Trojan and third-generation Gould student, Chandler is thrilled to be at USC. When not in the classroom or library, he enjoys trail running, reading, traveling, and sharing good food with friends and family. He will spend his 1L summer as an associate at Lagerlof, Senacal, Gosney & Kruse LLP in Pasadena.

Chandler is excited to welcome the class of 2022 to the Trojan Family. Fight on!

Olivia Odle

Undergraduate: Miami University, Oxford


Olivia is a true Midwesterner born and raised in Indianapolis. She received her BA in interactive media studies and strategic communications from Miami University in Ohio. As an undergrad, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and spent her summers interning with various sports organizations including USA Track & Field. Following her graduation in 2018, Olivia was eager to venture west and thrilled to have the opportunity to attend USC.

Here at Gould, Olivia is excited to serve on the Executive Boards of Entertainment Law Society, as Alumni Relations Chair, and Womxn of Color Collective, as a Social Events Coordinator. Olivia is also a part of the 54th Street Elementary School mentor program.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys investing too much time in reality television shows, especially “Vanderpump Rules,” and aggressively defending the most underrated team in the NBA, her beloved Indiana Pacers. She is excited to meet the Class of 2022 and welcome them into the Trojan Family!

Lauren Rhea

Undergraduate: California State University, Long Beach


Lauren was born in Los Angeles, and raised in Cerritos, Calif. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2018 with a BS in Finance. During her time at CSULB, she served on the Board of Directors for Associated Students Inc., a nonprofit auxiliary organization of the school and served as the President of the Black Business Student Association.

During her 1L year, Lauren was involved with the Black Law Students Association, Womxn of Color Collective, and Criminal Law Society. She is also a proud member of Gould’s First Generation Professionals Program. As a 2L, Lauren looks forward to serving as the Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association.

In her free time, she loves to dance, hang out with friends, and try new foods around L.A. She is super excited to be a peer mentor this year and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2022.

Krystal Robles

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine


Krystal Robles was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 2017, she graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine as a Criminology and Psychology double major. As an undergraduate, Krystal interned at a small law firm specializing in immigration, criminal, and family law. After graduating, she worked at King & Spalding LLP in Downtown Los Angeles as a Project Assistant in a litigation practice group. She will be spending her 1L summer working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Major Crimes Division.

At USC Gould, she is a proud member of the First Generation Professionals Program, SBA Diversity Committee, and will be on Street Law’s executive board during her 2L year.

In her spare time, Krystal enjoys going to the beach, binge watching reality TV shows, working out, and eating at restaurants around the city. She is super excited to be a peer mentor this year and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2022. Fight on!

Gabby Rodrigues

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin


Gabrielle, though she likes to go by Gabby, was born and raised for part of her life in North Brunswick, New Jersey before she made Austin, Texas her home. Gabby attended The University of Texas at Austin (UT- Hook'em!) for undergrad, where she majored in English and minored in African and African Diaspora Studies. While at UT, Gabby involved herself in both the UT campus and the Greater Austin communities. She was an executive board member for a welcome program called New Black Student Weekend, and she also participated in the Austin City Hall Fellowship Program, helping to secure grants for a local food and clothing pantry. Gabby extended her service to the national level when she became a Bill Archer Fellow in Washington, D.C., working for the National Women's Law Center on major child care legislation.

In her 1L year, Gabby has been an active member in Gould's Black Law Students Association (BLSA), where she will serve as the Alumni Relations Chair for this upcoming school year. Additionally, Gabby is an Honor Scholar hoping take on a leadership role in the program in the coming year. This summer, Gabby will be working in Los Angeles at Sidley Austin LLP and Amazon Studios.

On her down time, Gabby enjoys taking a trip to the beautiful SoCal beaches and hiking different terrains with her friends. She also loves to try the many restaurants L.A. has to offer.

Gabby looks forward to welcoming and peer mentoring the incoming 1L class!

Tatum Rosenfeld

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Tatum grew up in Los Angeles, and then headed to the Midwest to study Communications and Law, Justice & Social Change at the University of Michigan (Go, Blue!). After graduating in 2017, Tatum moved back to Los Angeles where she split her time before law school working for an entertainment marketing agency and a non-profit's reentry program.

Tatum served as a 1L Rep for the Entertainment Law Society and will serve on the executive board as a 2L. She is also a member of the Women's Law Association and Jewish Law Student's Association. During her 1L summer, Tatum will be working as a judicial extern for the Hon. Dolly M. Gee in the Central District of California.

Outside of law school, Tatum enjoys going to the beach, playing with her family's French Bulldog, and always getting dessert after dinner. She is very excited to be a peer mentor and welcome the class of 2022!

Tyler Scott

Undergraduate: Santa Clara University


Tyler is a Los Angeles native. She earned a BS in political science from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a pre-law emphasis and a minor in entrepreneurship. At SCU, Tyler was on both the SCU Dance Team and Hipnotik, a competitive hip-hop crew. She was president of the SCU Panhellenic Honors Society and was a member of the SCU Political Science Honors Program, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Alpha Delta. Tyler also spent a semester in Washington, D.C. as a part-time student while she interned in the United States Capitol.

During her first year in law school, she made time to play with her puppy, Teddy, every day and to take multiple dance classes around L.A. every week. This summer, she will be a summer associate at Jones Day in Downtown Los Angeles as their 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar. Tyler had a very fun 1L year and is excited to help the class of 2022 have an even more amazing experience!

David Sorenson

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


David was raised in Rochester, Minnesota before moving to Minneapolis for his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the U of M, graduating in 2018. While he was there, David was co-president of the Solar Vehicle Project, a student group that built and raced solar-powered cars in Australia and the United States. While David was visiting USC for the Admitted Students day in April, his friends in Minneapolis got hit with several feet of snow, which solidified his choice to leave the Midwest for Los Angeles.

As a 1L, David was able to explore a few L.A. restaurants and take a trip to Yosemite for spring break (and highly recommends to anyone interested). As a 2L, he is the executive director for the People's Tax Page and trying to determine what kind of law to practice. David also enjoys photography and running in his free time and cannot wait to meet the class of 2022!

Halina Szymanski

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles


Halina is a Los Angeles native. She graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Global Studies. As an undergraduate, she served as the Social Chair of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and tried her hand in latte art while working at the on-campus coffee shop. During her senior year and the summer between college and law school, Halina worked at a litigation consulting firm in Century City.

As a 2L, Halina is excited to serve as one of the Social Chairs of the USC Gould Student Bar Association. Halina spends her free time doing yoga, listening to EDM, and hanging out with friends. She can’t wait to meet the incoming Class of 2022 (especially her fellow Brojans). Fight On!

Maja Tosic

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Maja Tosic was born in Bosnia and raised in Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan where she majored in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience. After graduation, she worked all across the US for the 2016 election. She then returned to Michigan and helped start a nonprofit organization with the Michigan State House and finally worked as paralegal with the Federal Public Defender's Office before coming to Gould.

This past year, Maja was a 1L representative for the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). This summer, she will be working as a judicial extern for the Hon. Christina Snyder in the Central District of California. In her free time, Maja enjoys spending time with friends, weightlifting, and cooking.

Olivia Treister

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame


Olivia was born and raised in Pasadena. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minors in Constitutional Studies and Italian. During her time at Notre Dame, she served as the Advertising Manager for The Observer, the daily, student-run newspaper. She also studied abroad in Rome, Italy during the fall 2015 semester.

Prior to attending law school, Olivia moved to Arlington, Virginia. She worked for the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board (CED), a small think tank. She oversaw foundations relationships and managed several of CED’s programs including the Early Childhood Education Program, the Money in Politics Program, and the Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership Initiative.

As a 2L, Olivia will work for the Post-Conviction Justice Program during the summer and throughout the school year.

Olivia is looking forward to getting know her mentees and the whole 1L class.

Welcome to Gould! Fight on!

Riley Wilson

Undergraduate: California State University, Long Beach


Riley was born and raised in Long Beach. He graduated from CSULB in 2014 with a double major in Jazz Studies and Music Education. As an undergraduate, Riley sang in the university’s performance ensembles and was able to perform all over the country at various concerts and festivals. He once opened for Tony Bennett, sang background vocals for the Rolling Stones, and won an international championship in barbershop singing.

Before starting law school, Riley was a professional musician, high school teacher, and water polo coach. In his free time, Riley enjoys watching and playing sports and is an avid fan of the Lakers and USC Football. He also loves live music, surfing, and scuba diving. Riley is looking forward to meeting the Class of 2022 and welcoming them into the Trojan Family!

Transfer Peer Mentors

Catherine Noble

Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Catherine is from the South Shore of Boston. After majoring in Hospitality Management, she worked in fine dining restaurants and performed stand-up comedy before her broken toes led her to law school.

That’s right, broken toes. Her personal injury attorney-turned-mentor had a previous career in hospitality and helped inspire Catherine's decision to apply to law school. Catherine's first year at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego was spent almost entirely at the library, escaping only for aggressive workouts and tacos. For her 1L summer, she joined the HIV/AIDS Project with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, working on civil matters for indigent clients with chronic illnesses.

This year, Catherine clerked at the Los Angeles Public Defender and served as a staff member on the Southern California Law Review. Catherine will be a 2L summer associate at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips. Next year, she’s excited to continue on Law Review as a Senior Editor. Catherine couldn't be happier with her decision to become a Trojan—USC has exceeded her expectations from the very start. She can't wait to meet this year's transfer students!

Amanda Rogers

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin


Amanda was raised in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and a double minor in English and History. After her time at UT, Amanda moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. Amanda realized she enjoyed the contracts and negotiation more than the creative side, and began working at a law firm before applying to law school.

Amanda started her law school career at Pepperdine University School of Law. After earning top grades her 1L year, she transferred to Gould, where she earned a spot on Southern California Law Review and will be serving on its executive board as a 3L. She hopes to help future transfers have a smooth transition to Gould, and is eager to help in any way she can.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys travelling, Netflix, and reading. She is very excited to be a peer mentor and looks forward to meeting you!

Executive Board

Tasha Herzfeld

Undergraduate: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado


Tasha was born and raised in Orange County. As a So-Cal native, she is addicted to the beach and any water-related activity. Prior to her return to California, she attended the land-locked CU Boulder (SKOOO BUFFS) and graduated with a Psychology and Sociology degree. During undergrad, she studied abroad in Greece and came home with an even bigger love for strong coffee. After graduation, she left Colorado winters behind and moved to Thailand to teach English. She still pretends to know how to speak Thai and Greek when she goes to restaurants.

After returning to the U.S., she worked in an IP litigation firm and raced sailboats as much as possible. During her 1L summer, she worked as a federal judicial extern for the Hon. David O. Carter in Orange County. During her 2L summer, she worked as a summer associate in downtown L.A. for the law firm White & Case. On campus she is involved with the Southern California Law Review, serving as a senior submissions editor, and the Academic Support Office as a peer thautor. Outside of law school, she enjoys traveling, petting every dog she sees, sailing, scuba diving, trying trendy workout classes that kill her and then cooking something unhealthy from Chrissy Teigen's cookbook. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2022!

Kelsey Falkenberg

Undergraduate: University of San Diego, California


Kelsey is a 3L at Gould. She was born in Los Angeles but grew up mostly in Lake Tahoe. She traded the lake for the ocean and headed back down to Southern California for college at the University of San Diego, where she majored in International Relations. Upon graduation in 2015, she worked for a criminal defense firm in San Diego for a year, and then ventured back up north to work at a law firm in San Francisco. After a very rainy, foggy year in the Bay Area, she was ecstatic to return to Southern California for law school at USC Gould.

Outside of law school Kelsey enjoys running, spin classes and pizza, mostly pizza. She has also gotten into cooking and baking lately, or as she likes to call it “procrastibaking.” She dreams of one day having a Golden Retriever to call her own, but as of now she just lives vicariously through cute Instagrams and classmates’ puppies. If you have a dog, please don’t hesitate to contact her or show her pictures.

Kelsey worked at a law firm in downtown Los Angeles this summer. She loved being a peer mentor during her 2L year. She is very excited to serve on this year’s executive board and welcome the class of 2022!

Desiree Sulzmann

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley


Desiree Sulzmann was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with high honors as a Political Science major after transferring from Santa Barbara City College, where she graduated valedictorian with four associate’s degrees. At Berkeley, she participated in the "100-strong" mentorship program with a mission to combat the lack of female leadership in society; and wrote her senior thesis on higher education programs in correctional facilities. Desiree formerly worked as a stagehand in Chicago with IATSE Local 2, as well as for the Prison University Project in San Quentin; she formerly served as a member of Gavin Newsom's criminal justice policy platform committee and spent her 1L Summer working for the State's Attorney's criminal appeals division in Cook County, Ill., and doing research for Professor Camille Rich on First Amendment rights to protest.

As a first-generation high school graduate on her father's side and a first-generation college graduate on mother's side, Desiree is a proud member of Gould's First Generation Professionals Program, as well as an active member of the Public Interest Law Foundation, the peer mentor executive board, and a Saks Scholar with the Saks Institute for Mental Health, Law and Policy. Desiree will spend her 2L Summer as a law clerk at Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld; as well as in-house with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys cooking, weightlifting, boxing, and finding the best desserts in L.A.! She is very excited to meet the class of 2022 and extends a warm welcome to the new members of the Trojan family!

2020-21 Peer Tutors

Genevieve Zimmerman (Sections A-E)

Undergraduate: UCLA

Genevieve is a Berkeley, California native and graduated from UCLA in 2017 (Go Bruins!) with a major in World Arts & Cultures and Communications Studies. She then worked in San Francisco for two years at a digital marketing firm. After traveling for three months throughout Israel, Greece, and Thailand, Genevieve was excited to come back to LA to start 1L at Gould. During her 1L summer, Genevieve was a public service fellow with the New York Attorney General's Office's Public Integrity Bureau. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys yoga, throwing ceramics on the wheel, going to concerts, and hiking with friends. Since staying at home, she has started baking sourdough bread and trying to take her cat on walks (bread has been successful, but cat walking not so much). She is excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to the Trojan Family!

Tia Kerkhof (Sections F-J)

Undergraduate: California Lutheran University

Tia grew up in Palos Verdes, California. She graduated magna cum laude from California Lutheran University in 2019 with a major in Political Science and minor in Legal Studies. During her time at CLU, she played volleyball, worked at a family law office, and studied “abroad” in Australia and Washington D.C., where she interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She spent the month before law school road-tripping California and living in her truck. During her 1L summer, Tia was a summer associate with Dorsey & Whitney. This past year, she was on the Public Interest Law Foundation Board, played with her pet bunny, and finished her first marathon in under four hours. Outside of law school, she enjoys hiking, camping, playing sports, dying at Orange Theory, and being at the beach. She is so excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to the Trojan Family!

Abby Sellers (Sections K-O)

Undergraduate: Arizona State University

Abby is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and loves living in Los Angeles where you can’t fry an egg on the hood of a car. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 where she studied Biochemistry and Spanish Linguistics. She is a 3L and Editor-in-Chief of Law Review. During her time at USC, Abby was a summer associate at Stoel Rives in Salt Lake City and a summer associate at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. After finishing law school, she will be clerking on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In her free time, Abby enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles and bingeing the latest show on Netflix. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to the Trojan Family!



Three clients freed from California prisons
July 9, 2020

USC Gould's Post-Conviction Justice Project helps secure second chances for three clients serving life sentences.


A sweeping look at transgender rights
June 30, 2020

David Cruz co-writes groundbreaking casebook, Gender Identity and the Law


In Memoriam: Professor Edward Kleinbard
June 29, 2020

Prof. Kleinbard was an important member of Gould for more than a decade, one of the nation's top tax scholars