Pro Bono Awards 2014

Presented at the UCI Law Awards Celebration on April 10, 2014.

Community

These awards honor the pro bono supervisors and supporters, without whom the students could not do pro bono work.

  • Community Pro Bono Advocate: Dan Cornelious, Esq.
  • Pro Bono Partner Award: Irell & Manella LLP

Student Awards

The following students were recognized for going above and beyond in terms of pro bono.

  • Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award
    • Caitlin Emmons and Rachel Diggs for their work bringing Expungement Projects to UCI Law
  • Most Pro Bono Hours
    • Cumulative: Brooke Weitzman
    • 3L: Leah Gasser-Ordaz
    • 2L: Alex Patterson
    • 1L: Aaron Adams, Nicholas James and Francis Yao
  • Pro Bono Leadership Award
    • Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden—Family Law Clinics at LASOC
    • Saba Basria, Sylvia Panosian and Nitya Ram—Saturday Academy of Law
    • Leah Gasser-Ordaz and Becca Maloney—CARES
    • Crystal Adams—Education Rights Project
    • Jonathan Markovitz and Leah Gasser-Ordaz—San Diego benefits project
    • Caitlin Emmons—Expungement Clinics in LA County
    • Rachel Diggs—Expungement Clinics in OC
    • Claire-Lise Kutlay—Fall Break Permanency Project
    • Dexter Rappleye—UNITE Here Project
    • Brooke Weitzman, Colby Johnson and Sasha Nichols-Gerdes—Streetlaw
    • Shaleen Shanbhag—IRAP
    • Kelsey Galanter—DV Declarations
    • Andrew Spink—Armory clinics
    • Catriona Lavery—Native American Boarding School Healing Project
    • Amelia Alvarez and Claire Stanley—SSI Clinics
  • Graduation Awards
    • Pro Bono Honors (120 hours): Mimi Ahn; Brian Choc; Dustin Chupurdy; Lauren Gruber; Desirae Hutchison; Adrianna Kourafas; Sahar Naseery; Shaleen Shanbhag; Kelly Suk; Alfred Trudeau; Stefanie Wilson; Sirena Wu
    • Pro Bono High Honors (200 hours): Renee Amador; Erica Choi; Leah Gasser-Ordaz; Nicholas Hartmann; Jennifer Ludolph; Erna Mamikonyan; Jonathan Markovitz; Timothy Martin; Pavneet Mac; Lauren McKay; Amelia Meier; Theodore Nguyen; Lisa Petak; Gina Pham; Brooke Weitzman; Jesse Welsh-Keyser
  • Pro Bono 50 & 100 (Hour) Clubs
    • 50 Hour Club (1L’s): Aaron Adams; Jean Ahn; Alisha Ansari; Jamila Benkato; Matthew Bradbury; Emily Cross; Leigh Dickey; Andres Gallegos; Sean Garcia-Leys; Nicholas James; Dylan Kornbluth; Gillian Kuhlmann; Vinhcent Le; Zoe McKinney; John Meaney; Citlalli Ochoa; Bree Oswald; Ronald Park; Hayley Penan; Samantha Rodriguez; Elizabeth Tissot; Eric Vera; Francis Yao
    • 100 Hour Club (2L and 3L’s): Amelia Alvarez; Michael Armstrong; Irene Chen; Zifu Chen; Erica Choi; Pilar Ferguson; Jesse Fischer; Kelsey Galanter; Kelly Galligan; Jessica Garland; Leah Gasser-Ordaz; Ginger Grimes; Nicholas Hartmann; Rachel Khalili; Rebecca Maloney; Erna Mamikonyan; Timothy Martin; Lauren McKay; Theodore Nguyen; Daisy Ocampo; Alex Patterson; Lisa Petak; Gina Pham; Margaux Poueymirou; Solange Rousset; Chelsea Samuels; Caroline Shurig; Andrew Spink; Claire Stanley; Samuel Titelman; Anne Turner; Brooke Weitzman
  • Achievement Award Winners: The Pro Bono Achievement Awards recognize all students who met the recommended number of pro bono hours — 50 hours for 2Ls and 3Ls; 20 hours for 1Ls.

    • Class of 2016: Zachary Adams; Jordan Aiken; Nefi Acosta; Timothy Alamsjah; Melissa Bell; Jessica Brostek; Yashina Burns; Kristen Burzynski; Jeremy Cowan; Andrea Diaz; Natalie Diaz; Nathan Erickson; Alexis Paschedag Federico; Christopher Fisher; Nahal Hamidi; Taylor Henderson; Tilman Heyer; Stephanie Johnson; Shirley Kim; Stephanie Lind; Ramanda Luper; Lauren Mendelsohn; Morgan McCombe; Jared Morris; Cyrus Moslemi; Sophia Nguyen; Gabriel Orea; Aglaia Ovtchinnikova; Enrico Purita; Christyn Richardson; Samantha Rodriguez; Kevin Royer; David Rutan; Ariela Rutkin-Becker; Kelsey Schreiberg; Sheila Solaimani; Michael Soter; Nancy Sotomayor; Lauren Wong; Donna Woo
    • Class of 2015: Crystal Adams; Alex Bartel; Fawn Bekam; Amy Bowles; Anne Conley; Keith Ellison; Caitlin Emmons; Michelle Ferguson; Samantha Goates; Tarik Hansen; Michael Iseri; Colby Johnson; Erik Johnson; Melissa Main; Ranika Morales; William Nihn; Chen Nisynboim; Sylvia Panosian; Caroline Reiser; Christine Robles; Andrew Rothenberger; Claire Stanley; Ayana Sumiyasu; Stephanie Talavera; Ryan Ueda; Vince Vuong; John Wright
    • Class of 2014: Mimi Ahn; Renee Amador; Brian Choc; Desirae Hutchison; Jessica Krause; Jennifer Ludolph; Pavneet Mac; Jonathan Markovitz; Amelia Meier; Sahar Naseery; Alfred Trudeau; Jesse Welsh-Keyser; Sirena Wu