The Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program assists incoming first-year and transfer students with the transition to law school by providing continuous guidance and support throughout their entire first-year at USC. From the first day of Orientation to the last final exam in May, incoming students are assigned two Peer Mentors that serve as a primary resource throughout the first year. Mentors assist with this transition by making new students feel welcomed, connecting them with their new environment, and guiding them to social and developmental resources so that all entering students can become an integral part of the law school community. New students meet their specific Mentors during Orientation, and as the semester and year roll along, Mentors check-in regularly. Each selected Peer Mentor is an exceptional second-year law student who sincerely wants to help new students have a fun, successful and engaging first-year.


2013-14 First-Year Peer Mentors

 

Christian Briggs

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Christian was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011 with degrees Psychology and Latin American Studies. During college, he was a volunteer for his church in Cape Verde, Africa and also studied abroad in Brazil. After college, he spent a year working as a training specialist for an educational software company that designed interactive software for ESL students. As a 1L, Christian volunteered with Street Law. This summer, he will be working in USC Law's Immigration Clinic. As a 2L, he will continue his work in the Immigration Clinic and will also be a legal writing fellow. He is a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan and goes to games at Dodger Stadium whenever he can. Christian and his wife Sarah just welcomed a son, Eli, into their family and are enjoying the experience of being new parents. He is excited to get to know and support the incoming class of 1Ls and to show them how great it is to be a Trojan!


 

Justin Bubenik

Undergraduate: North Carolina State University

Justin was born and raised just outside of Portland in the blissful town of Happy Valley, Oregon. Following a short stint at Oregon State University, Justin relocated to North Carolina State University where he finished out his undergraduate career as he served as the Captain of the Equestrian team's Western division. Besides riding around in chaps, he partakes in the art of fly fishing and has been known to dabble in some shotgunning. Justin took a year off prior to enrolling at USC Law during which time he did menial engineering work for a commercial general contractor back in Portland. In his first year at USC, he was involved in SBA, Entertainment Law Society, OUTLaw and any other organization serving free lunches. This summer he will be interning back in Portland for a commercial construction company and pursuing his love of the outdoors. Next year Justin will be serving as the 2L Class President and as the Vice President of Events for the Entertainment Law Society. He is excited to welcome the incoming class of 2016 to USC!


 

Jillian Chou

Undergraduate: USC

Jillian was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, surrounded by skiing, hiking, running, and enjoying anything outdoors. After high school, she came to Los Angeles and fell in love with the weather, the beach, and USC football. As an undergraduate at USC, she studied International Relations and Natural Science. After graduating, she joined Teach for America in Baltimore, but still managed to travel back to LA for a few tailgates every fall. Throughout her teaching experience, she developed an interest in education policy and decided to return to USC for law school. During her 1L year, she was involved with APALSA and the Women's Law Society. She loves being back in Los Angeles, and especially being back at USC. This summer she is working as an extern with Justice Frank Y. Jackson on the California Court of Appeal. She is interested in running, cycling, exploring the LA food scene, and being outside. She cannot wait to meet and welcome the incoming class of 2016!


 

Vlada Fraiman

Undergraduate: UCLA

Vlada was born in Moldova (which all you Balkan Peninsula aficionados may recognize as the poorest country in Europe) before moving to Los Angeles as a wee tot. She graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a major in Communications. As a junior, Vlada studied abroad in Rome and spent time eating gelato while perfecting her pronunciation of the phrase "dove sono?" Italian for "where am I?" After working for a year in the real world, she enrolled at USC Law where she served as a 1L Section Representative for the Entertainment Law Society, and was a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society and the Women's Law Association. She will be interning at the sbe Entertainment Group this summer, and next year her klout score will skyrocket as she assumes the position of President of the Entertainment Law Society and Vice President of the IP & Technology Law Society. She is very excited to welcome the class of 2016 and to support them in rooting for any football team of their choosing, because she gets it, the heart wants what the heart wants.


 

Suzanna Friedman

Undergraduate: State University of New York, Geneseo

"Suz" is a native of the "city" of Batavia, New York (population: 15,465 - now, 15,464). She split her undergraduate years between The State University of New York at Geneseo and La Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico as a dual degree student. She studied International Relations and Spanish. Suz then taught languages in Mexico for one semester before enrolling at USC. During her 1L year, she was involved with the Government Law Organization, the Latino Law Students Association, Street Law and the Public Interest Law Foundation. This summer, Suz will be interning in the San Diego District Attorney's Office. She loves food, theater and languages. Suz is really excited to meet all the great 1Ls joining the Trojan family this year!


 

Ashley Grant

Undergraduate: Mills College

Ashley is a Pacific Northwest native, born and raised in Seattle, WA! Go Sonics (They're coming back)! She graduated from Mills College in 2010 with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Political, Legal and Economic Analysis with a legal emphasis. After graduating, she moved back to Seattle and spent two years working as a personal assistant for the Honorable Ronald M. Gould of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a 1L, she was an active member and 1L representative for the Black Law Students Association. This summer, Ashley will be a law clerk for the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office. When Ashley is not buried under books, she enjoys brunch and discussing politics, reality television and current events with friends and others. Next year, Ashley will continue to work with BLSA and hopes to get involved in other on campus clubs and organizations. She is excited to meet and connect with all of the 1Ls as they start this amazing journey. FIGHT ON!


 

John Korevec

Undergraduate: Fordham University

After growing up in the bustling metropolis of Neenah, Wisconsin-right in the heart of Green Bay Packers' country-moved to the Bronx, NY to attend Fordham University. Finishing with a major in International Political Economy, decided to give the other coast a try and began working in San Jose public schools with the AmeriCorps program-City Year. Although enjoying his first snowless winter in the Bay Area, made a pit stop in London to pursue a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Missing California and its sunshine, he wisely decided to return West for law school at USC. As a 1L, became a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation, Government Law Organization, Phi Alpha Delta, and the International Law and Relations Organization. This summer, John worked as a judicial extern for Judge David O. Carter of the Central District of California in Orange County. John is excited to welcome in the Class of 2016 this August.


 

Adam Krepack

Undergraduate: Babson College

Adam was born and raised here in Los Angeles, CA. After High School he took his prodigious baseball talents to New England and attended Babson College, just outside of Boston, MA, where he majored in Business Management. After working at a law firm in Los Angeles, Adam was excited to attend law school here at USC. As a 1L, Adam was a 1L Rep for both the Sports Law Society and the Entertainment Law Society and he co-founded the USC Bike & Transit Law Society. Next year, after spending his summer as an extern at the California Court of Appeal, Adam will be President of the USC Sports Law Society and Vice President of Finance for the USC Entertainment Law Society. Adam loves sports, Wikipedia, Sinbad, 80s/90s Action Heroes, raw salmon, friendship and being a law student at USC and he is excited to share his passions with the Class of 2016!


 

Scott Laes

Undergraduate: Clemson University

Scott was born and raised in the small town of Clallam Bay, Washington (we're talking really small; 13 person graduating class, small) near the world-famous city of Forks (yes, that Forks). He attended Clemson University as an undergrad, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. After dying in the humidity for four years, he chose to return to the West Coast for law school. In his first year at USC Law, Scott was involved in Sports Law Society, Street Law, and Business Law Society. This summer he is working as a legal intern for Gideon's Promise, a non-profit public defender program in the South and eventually hopes to become a litigator in Southern California. Scott is extremely excited to get the opportunity to know and support the incoming class of 1Ls and welcome them to the Gould Family.


 

Michelle Lee

Undergraduate: USC

Michelle was born in San Francisco, CA but was raised in Arcadia, CA-a city most known for being next to Pasadena. She attended undergrad at USC graduating with a double major in Political Science and Sociology and a minor in Human Rights. Upon graduation, she spent the summer of the 2011 as part of the Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia-Herzegovina and then moved to Melbourne, Australia shortly thereafter for 10 months. After 10 months on the Work/Holiday Visa, Michelle decided to come back to USC where she was a member of Women's Law and Phi Alpha Delta her 1L year. This summer, she will work with USC's Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic. She plans on continuing the clinical work as well as serving as a Westlaw Representative during her 2L year. Outside of law school, Michelle enjoys big breakfasts, fresh flowers, and cell phone reception. Michelle is so excited to welcome the newest additions to the Trojan Family!

 

Richard Lockridge

Undergraduate: Davidson College

Rich was born and raised in Lebanon, Virginia, a small town in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. He played football for Davidson College and graduated in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and minors in Chinese and Middle Linebacker. During his time at Davidson, he spent a summer working at an international firm in Shanghai. After 23 years in the South, he traded Small Town USA for Hollywood, and he is now convinced that more people live in his apartment building than his hometown. During his 1L year at USC, Rich was a member of the Sports Law Society, ILRO, and IRAP. This summer, Rich will be working at the Cancer Legal Resource Center in Downtown LA. He loves Steelers football, Kings hockey, and writing short biographies in third person. He is excited about meeting the Class of 2016 and looking forward to welcoming y'all to USC Law! Fight On!


 

Ashton Massey

Undergdraduate: Duke University

Ashton was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She was a Delta Delta Delta at Duke University, and graduated in 2012 with a major in psychology and an undying love for Blue Devil basketball. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved with research on young adults and online social networking and devoted a lot of time to her non-profit organization, S.H.E. P.O.W.E.R., benefiting abused women in Pakistan. As a 1L, she was involved with the Women's Law Association. This summer, she is externing for the Honorable James V. Selna at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ashton enjoys traveling, water sports, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2016! Welcome to the Trojan Family!


 

Carissa Meade

Undergraduate: University of Washington

Carissa was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington (30 miles south of Seattle). She attended Sonoma State University for two years where she was a member of the Women's Basketball Team. She then moved back to her home state and graduated from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) with a major in Ethnic, Gender, & Labor Studies and a minor in Law & Policy. As a 1L, when Carissa wasn't cheering on her idol Christopher Emmanuel Paul, III and his fellow Clippers, she was involved with the Black Law Students Association and Street Law. As a 2L, Carissa will serve as Vice President of both organizations. This summer she will begin her public interest career as an intern at Public Counsel with the Children's Rights Project. Carissa is very excited to meet and learn about the diverse incoming class of 2016!


 

Bryan Monson

Undergraduate: Yale University

Bryan was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. Bryan graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. While at Yale, he was a member of the varsity football team and later led the Yale Skeet & Trap team to national success. After graduating, Bryan worked for a year as a paralegal and file clerk at Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP in San Diego. This summer he is returning to Andrews Lagasse as a summer associate. Bryan has enjoyed exploring Los Angeles and all the great restaurants it has to offer. He is excited to meet the 1Ls and introduce them to the USC family.


 

Tiffany Nguyen

Undergraduate: UC Santa Barbara

Tiffany grew up in Orange County, California and attended college at UC Santa Barbara. She majored in Communication and Sociology, and spent her college years enjoying the beach, working as a makeup artist, and interning at an events company. After graduating in 2010, Tiffany spent two years in Santa Barbara working full time as an event designer and planner. Her love for celebrations remains constant, and thus, Tiffany is a Social Co-Chair of the Student Bar Association at USC Law. She is also the Internal Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and a Lexis Nexis representative. This summer, Tiffany will be a legal intern at Colony Capital, a private equity firm in Santa Monica. She can't wait welcome the class of 2016 to the Trojan family!


 

Jordan Parr

Undergraduate: UCLA

Jordan is from west Los Angeles. He attended UC Berkeley before transferring and graduating from UCLA with a degree in American Literature and Culture. Jordan loves the ocean and is probably surfing or SCUBA diving right now. When he's not underwater, Jordan plays guitar. He worked briefly for AmeriCorps before being accepted off the wait-list to USC Law. During his 1L year, Jordan was a member of Street Law which is a great program that instructs local high school students about useful legal concepts. Jordan will be doing an externship with a federal judge this summer in downtown Los Angeles and working as a research assistant for the wonderful Professor Camille Rich. Next year he will continue working with Street Law and is excited to welcome the class of 2016 to USC!


 

Henna Pithia

Undergraduate: UC Irvine

Henna was born and raised in London, England, but moved to Southern California when she was eight years old. She attended the University of California, Irvine where she studied international studies and political science, with a concentration in Middle Eastern politics. After graduating from UC Irvine, she spent three months travelling through London, Crete, Santorini, Amsterdam, and Paris, before attending law school in the fall. As a first year at USC Law, she was an active member in the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA). This summer she will continue to pursue her interests in criminal law and social justice issues by working with the Downtown Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for the Sex Crimes division. Next year she will be the President of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and will continue to hold leadership positions in both PILF and SALSA. She cannot wait to welcome the new class of 2016! Welcome to the Trojan family!


 

Adam Raichilson

Undergraduate: New York University

Adam was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to New York City to attend NYU, where he studied film and computer science. In 2009 he founded Revive Media, a digital media agency specializing in film, animation, and web development. After running the company for three years, he decided to move to California to further his education at USC Law and get closer to the entertainment and technology industries. During the summer before law school he took a six-week road trip from United Kingdom to Mongolia. This summer Adam will be working at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles and is really looking forward to meeting everyone in the Class of 2016!


 

Andrea Reynoso

Undergraduate: USC

Andrea is a Southern California native born and raised in South Pasadena, CA. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, where she double majored in Psychology and Spanish. As a true Trojan, she could not have imagined pursuing her legal education anywhere else but USC. During her 1L year, Andrea was involved in the Entertainment Law Society and is looking forward to joining the board next year. She was also involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation, Street Law, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. This summer, Andrea will be clerking for Public Counsel Law Center, where she will work on the Debtor's Assistance Project. When not on campus, Andrea spends her time enjoying everything about Los Angeles, from basking in the sun at the beach to hiking in the Hollywood hills. Andrea is delighted to welcome the Class of 2016 to the Trojan Family! Fight On!


 

Daniel Ronen

Undergraduate: USC Marshall School of Business

Daniel was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended USC's Marshall School of Business, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate Finance in 2012. While in college, he was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and an intramural basketball champion. When not being a champion, Daniel loves travelling, eating, watching the Lakers (who needs Dwight when you have Kaman?) and going out with friends. This summer, Daniel will be working as a research assistant for Professor Lee Epstein and as a legal intern in Century City. Next year, Daniel is excited to serve as the Treasurer for Street Law and the Real Estate Law Society. He is excited to welcome and meet the class of 2016. Fight On!


 

Daniel Rothberg

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin

Daniel was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Carmel, California. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with majors in Spanish and Legal Studies. Back when he had free time (pre-law school), Daniel used to enjoy golf, basketball, farmers' markets, world travel, and being pampered by the women in his life (he is a self proclaimed "mama's boy"). Daniel will extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court during his 1L summer and will serve as the President of the USC Real Estate Law Society this coming Fall. Daniel is looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2016.


 

Ramin Savar

Undergraduate: UCLA

Ramin grew up in Palos Verdes, California and attended UCLA, where he majored in Political Science, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and had the incredible opportunity to travel through London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris with 40 other students as part of a travel-study program. After graduating, Ramin worked in finance and consulting for two years before taking his talents across town to USC Law. This summer, Ramin will be working for USC's Small Business Clinic and hopes to travel. A die-hard Lakers fan, Ramin looks forward to using his position as a Peer Mentor both to spread the gospel of Kobe Bryant and to help his mentees navigate their 1L year with grace.


 

Misa Scharfen

Undergraduate: Brown University

Misa was born in San Francisco and raised up north in Sonoma County. Following high school, Misa played water polo at Brown University until she collected more concussions than is advisable. She graduated in 2012 (brain mostly intact) with a degree in Communist and Post-Communist History. She decided to come back to California for law school after surviving four long winters on the East Coast. During her 1L year, Misa was a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and a volunteer with Street Law. As a 2L she will serve as Outreach Chair with Street Law and will be APALSA Co-President. This summer Misa is doing torts-related research for Professor Keating and externing with the Honorable John L. Segal. She is excited to meet the class of 2016 and can't wait to welcome them to USC! Fight On!


 

Travis Schumer

Undergraduate: UC Davis

Travis Schumer grew up all over the East Coast (Maryland, New Jersey and Connecticut), but moved out to California for high school and has decided that he ought to stay here for the beautiful sunshine. He graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. At Davis he was very active in the Jewish community as the activity director of the Jewish Student Union. He was also a founder of Davis' first ever Dance Marathon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. He also managed to take a quarter off his last year at UC Davis to live in Washington D.C. to work for the Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division where he was a legal researcher. This summer, he worked at the Alliance for Children's Rights, a nonprofit organization that provides legal services on behalf of children. As a 1L he served as a 1L Section Representative for OUTLaw, the law school's LGBT student organization. He will be continuing on as a member of the OUTLaw's Vice-President. He is extremely excited to meet the entire Class of 2015 and is ready to have a blast with you all!


 

Anne Stewart

Undergraduate: University of San Diego

Anne was born and spent most of her life in Tucson, Arizona, but also spent part of her life moving around the U.S. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Spanish in 2011. She also enjoyed studying abroad in Madrid, Spain during undergrad. Anne spent the year between college and law school obtaining her yoga teaching certification, and loves living on the West side of LA where she can run, go to the beach, and downward dog. As a IL, Anne enjoyed teaching and mentoring local high schoolers as part of Street Law and was also a part of the Woman's Law Association. This summer, Anne is excited to be researching for Professor Elyn Saks, who studies mental health law. Next year, Anne will be the treasurer of the Woman's Law Association, and is excited to be a peer mentor! Anne is incredibly happy with her choice to be at USC and enjoys all the things the big campus has to offer, including football games and tailgates. She can't wait to meet the new students and is more than happy to answer any questions. Welcome to USC!


 

Nadine Tan

Undergraduate: USC

Born in Singapore, Nadine moved to Texas some 15 years ago and now calls Houston home. At USC, she studied business and international relations and spent five months studying abroad in Paris and Dijon, France. After graduating last May, she decided to stay on as a Double Trojan. It was a wise decision, as the Trojan Family is truly what sets Gould apart! Being able to see the sun year-round is another benefit she has come to appreciate. As a 1L, Nadine was a research assistant for a professor at the USC School of International Relations and spent part of her Spring Break volunteering with the Justice Bus at a legal clinic in Indio. This summer, she will be working at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation in the Transactions, Patents, & Compliance program after a brief visit to Singapore. Next year, she is looking forward to serving as co-chair of Alumni Relations for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and continuing to eat her way around Los Angeles. She is passionate about food, photographing food, and debunking the dreadful myths of 1L year. She cannot wait to welcome the 1Ls to their new home!


 

Andy Tran

Undergraduate: UC Irvine

Andy Tran was born and raised on the West Coast (best coast) in Southern California. He grew up in the Orange County bubble where everything is sunny and no one is allowed to be sad. This was a cool lifestyle so he stuck around and attended UC Irvine where, not surprisingly, everything was sunny and no one was allowed to be sad. His four years as an Anteater can be summed up in two activities: mock trial and spoken word poetry. In his free time, he majored in Political Science and Business and watched a lot of movies (Good Will Hunting is his favorite). At USC, Andy is involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and competes on the law school's intramural basketball team. This summer, he will be researching in the field of criminal law for Professor Armour.


 

Timur Tusiray

Undergraduate: UCLA

Timur was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He attended UCLA and double majored in Art History and Political Science with a minor in Italian. While in college, he studied Medieval and Renaissance art for a year abroad in Bologna, Italy and was also a proud member of the UCLA Triathlon Team where he learned about the wonders of spandex. Following undergrad, he took two years off and worked as a curator at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, Turkey. During 1L year at USC, Timur was involved with the Art Law Society as a 1L rep and was an avid Law Cafe chocolate chip cookie eater. This summer he will be working as a research assistant with Professor Cronin, working on issues of music copyright and art repatriation. Timur is a zealous crossfitter, rock climber, paleo eater and photographer. He cannot wait to meet the new class of Trojans!


 

Nicole Venegas

Undergraduate: University of San Diego

Nicole was born in Los Angeles, CA and went to an all-girl high school in Fullerton, CA. Wanting to avoid "the seasons," she attended the University of San Diego, where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. She worked at a non-profit organization for children with autism, was an Associated Students Senator, and mentored students at a continuation high school and incoming USD freshmen. Before coming to USC Law, Nicole day-lighted at a law office in Brentwood, CA and moon-lighted as a professional Polynesian dancer, performing in Hawaii, Japan, and all over the west coast. During her 1L year, Nicole was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Women's Law Association (WLA), and Faculty Selection Committee. She looks forward to being a WLA Mentor, APALSA Social Chair, and stellar Peer Mentor. This summer Nicole will be externing for the Honorable Richard Lee in Orange County. She cannot wait to congratulate and meet the Class of 2016!


 

Jamie Vogel

Undergraduate: USC

Originally from beautiful and sunny Florida, Jamie moved to California five years ago and immediately fell in love with Los Angeles and USC. After graduating from 'SC with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Neuroscience, and a minor in Psychology, Jamie attended law school admit days all over the country but ultimately made the wise decision to remain a Trojan for another three years. When not in class, Jamie loves exploring the city, going to concerts, taking her case books to the beach, and participating as a four-year board member of USC's Spirits in Action, a philanthropy that supports and celebrates children with disabilities. This summer, Jamie will be representing clients from the California Institution for Women as part of her work at USC's Post Conviction Justice Project, and she looks forward to continue working in the PCJP clinic during the academic year. Jamie welcomes all e-mails and questions, and she can't wait to meet the newest members of the Trojan family!



2013-14 Transfer Peer Mentors

 

Lindsey Gilbert

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Lindsey is a third year law student from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a major in Journalism and a minor in Legal Studies. After college, Lindsey decided to move back to her hometown and spend her first year of law school at Loyola Law School. However, as an avid USC football fan growing up, she decided it was time to transfer to USC for law school. At USC Law, she is an editor for the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice. During the summer after her first year, she was an extern at the Santa Monica Courthouse. This summer, she is working as a Summer Associate for Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Century City. Lindsey loves playing tennis, traveling, and anything related to guacamole. I'm looking forward to meeting all of the new transfer students! Fight on!


 

Shaunt Kodaverdian

Undergraduate: California State University, Northridge

Shaunt is going into his 3rd year of law school and is a rare native Angelino. He graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. Before transferring to USC Gould, Shaunt spent his first year of law school at Southwestern. At USC Law, he was the Internal Vice President of the Real Estate Law Society and the Vice President of the Armenian Law Student Association. Shaunt is also the 2012-2013 Champion of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and the recipient of Edward G. Lewis Champion and LexisNexis Written Advocacy Award. After his first year of law school, Shaunt was a Law Clerk for the Burbank City Attorney's Office and this past spring semester; he was a Law Clerk for The Law Offices of Mark Murad. This summer, Shaunt is a Summer Associate for Pircher, Nichols & Meeks and a Research Assistant for Professor George Lefcoe. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, fitness, finance and business and is really looking forward to meeting all the incoming transfer students.


 

Scott Szkolnik

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Scott is a 3L who was born and raised in Tarzana, California. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts. After returning home to Los Angeles he spent his first year of law school at Southwestern Law School. During this experience, he decided that he wanted to become a part of the famous "Trojan network", so he applied as a transfer student to the USC Gould School of Law. At USC, Scott really enjoys classes and all that the school has to offer. During his 1L summer, Scott was a legal intern at Paul Hastings LLP. This summer, he is a clerk for the Law Offices of Fred M. Szkolnik. Scott enjoys playing and watching sports (especially the Lakers), film, television, and getting together with friends. He looks forward to meeting all the new 2Ls and being available to help in any way possible.



2013-2014 Peer Mentor Executive Board

 

Aaron Ginsburg

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Aaron was born and raised in the county of Dade (Miami, Fl.) Following his heart and a couple of championship-ready teams, he decided to take his talents from South Beach to the University of Florida. As a Gator, Aaron was a student senator and worked for the US Attorney's Office while studying Political Science and Business. Feeling a bit underwhelmed in the small, humid city of Gainesville, he left the Sunshine State to explore the west coast life of LA. In his second year at USC, Aaron was the president the Sports Law Society (which brought general counsel of the LA Lakers to campus), a member of the LA Supreme Court Committee (a basketball game vs UCLA that we will undoubtedly win in 2014), and a student ambassador for the admissions office. Next year, after spending the summer at a business litigation law firm in Century City, Aaron will be attending USC's Marshall Business School to pursue his JD/MBA. However, what he is most excited about is staying connected to USC Gould and another amazing incoming class of 1L's as a member of the Peer Mentor Executive Board!


 

Christopher Ramos

Undergraduate: UC Irvine

Chris was born in Los Angeles, CA, and was raised just up the road in suburban South Pasadena. As a youth, Chris was picked on, despite his intimidating appearance, and eventually took up the sport of boxing to put an end to mockery once and for all. To everyone's surprise, Chris enjoyed a "storied" career as an amateur boxer throughout his glory days. Some years later, Chris made the treacherous journey to Orange County, where he attended UC Irvine, graduating with a degree in philosophy (deep; we get it). Chris spent the year following graduation like all philosophy majors do, frequenting coffee shops and engaging in discourse - from the comfort of an arm chair - on topics like conceptual space and theological compatiblism. During his 1L summer, Chris worked as an extern in the chambers of the Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  During his 2L year, Chris served as Vice President of the Latino Law Students Association, Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, and was a Peer Mentor of the esteemed Section E. Chris was also a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and will serve on the Board as an Editor in 2013-14.  This summer, Chris will be workin as a Summer Associate at Paul Hastings LLP. Chris is an avid outdoorsman and likes to spend his free time hiking, hunting and playing sports. Chris is excited for the chance to meet all of you next year.


 

Daniella Shulman

Undergraduate: UC San Diego

Daniella was born in San Francisco, California and was raised on the peninsula. Go Giants! She studied Political Science and European Affairs at UC San Diego, where she enjoyed living by the beach, attending Wing Wednesdays, and soaking up the great California sunshine. While in undergrad, Daniella also spent time in Washington D.C. interning for the Department of Justice. As a 3L, Daniella has amassed an impressive collection of highlighters and will be Managing Editor of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal (ILJ). She has enjoyed exploring LA and all off the great hiking trails, restaurants, and food trucks this city has to offer! This summer, Daniella is working in-house. In her free time, Daniella enjoys baking, playing tennis, and being distracted by dogs (especially English Bulldogs). Daniella had such an incredible experience as a Peer Mentor last year, and is very excited to be serving on the Peer Mentor Executive Board for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is really looking forward to meeting the Class of 2016 and welcoming them to the Trojan family! Fight on!


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