Pro Bono Awards 2015

Presented at the UCI Law Pro Bono & Student Life Awards Celebration on April 14, 2015.

Community

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

  • Community Pro Bono Advocate: Mike Gaitley, Esq. of the Legal Aid Society—Employment Law Center, San Francisco, for running the Workers’ Rights Clinic for UCI Law.
  • Pro Bono Partner Award: Public Law Center, for its support of the Domestic Violence Declarations Project.

Student Awards

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

  • Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award
    • Bree Oswald, for her dedication to providing legal services to active duty military and veterans, including bringing the VA Benefits Project to UCI Law
  • Most Pro Bono Hours
    • Cumulative: Kelly Galligan
    • 3L: Ryan Ueda
    • 2L: Elizabeth Tissot
    • 1L: Nora Cassidy
  • Pro Bono Leadership Award
    • Bree Oswald—VA Benefits Project
    • Stephanie Johnson—Domestic Violence Declarations Project
    • Saba Basria, Sylvia Panosian, Nitya Ram—Saturday Academy of Law
    • Colby Johnson—Street Law
    • Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden and Jacqueline Shepherd—Family Law Clinics at LASOC
    • Becca Maloney and Samantha Rodriguez—CARES
    • Chelsea Samuels—Innocence Project
    • Kristen Burzynski—Education Rights Project
    • Alex Patterson and Rachel Diggs—Clean Slate Expungement Clinics
    • Nahal Hamid—Fall Break Permanency Project
    • Caroline Reiser and Alexis Federico—IRAP
    • Ariela Rutkin-Becker—Elder Abuse Project
    • Amelia Alvarez, Camille Nguyen and Janet Hsu—SSI Project
  • Graduation Awards
      • Pro Bono Honors (120 hours): Alex Bartel; Saba Basria; Fawn Bekam; Caitlin Emmons; Michelle Ferguson; Jesse Fischer; Christine Fukushima; Samantha Goates; Tarik Hansen; Michael Iseri; Steven Kim; Claire-Lise Kutlay; Melissa Main; Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden; Sierra Nelson; William Ninh; Nitya Ram; Chariese Solorio; Ashley Tellier; Samuel Titelman; Anne Turner; John Wright
    • Pro Bono High Honors (200 hours): Crystal Adams; Amelia Alvarez; Michael Armstrong; Amy Bowles; Irene Chen; Sheila Chen; Anne Conley; Sarah Cortez; Rachel Diggs; Tommy Hoa Du; Pilar Ferguson; Kelsey Galanter; Kelly Galligan; Jessica Garland; Pegah Ghaneian; Ginger Grimes; Colby Johnson; Erik Johnson; Rachel Khalili; Coral Lopez Rosario; Rebecca Maloney; Ranika Morales; Daisy Ocampo; Sylvia Panosian; Alex Patterson; Margaux Poueymirou; Caroline Reiser; Christine Robles; Andrew Rothenberger; Solange Rousset; Chelsea Samuels; Caroline Shurig; Andrew Spink; Claire Stanley; Ayana Sumiyasu; Ryan Ueda
  • Pro Bono 50 & 100 (Hour) Clubs: These students far exceeded the recommended number of annual pro bono hours.

      • 50 Hour Club (1L): Alexandra Achamallah; Andani Alcantara Diaz; Nora Cassidy; Karisa Chapa; Eric Fanchiang; Amy Lieberman; Justin Martin; Chance Pardon; Divya Prabhakar; Shezad Thakor; Cristina Truong; Olivia Weber
    • 100 Hour Club (2L and 3L): Amelia Alvarez; Ava Badiee; Matthew Bradbury; Anne Conley; Sarah Cortez; Rachel Diggs; Alexis Paschedag Federico; Kelly Galligan; Erik Johnson; Stephanie Johnson; Gillian Kuhlmann; Kevin Lerman; Coral Lopez Rosario; Ranika Morales; Micah Morris; Citlalli Ochoa; Bree Oswald; Sylvia Panosian; Anna Rea; Christine Robles; Andrew Rothenberger; Ariela Rutkin-Becker; Mark Stamper; Ayana Sumiyasu; Elizabeth Tissot; Ryan Ueda
  • 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 2017: Simarpreet Ahluwalia; Monica Arnold; Shireen Ashtari; Sarah Banco; Kevin Barnes; Andrenna Berggren; Joy Chen; Jason Civalleri; Sabrina Cohn; Carlos Coye; Ian Deady; Terence Desouza; Andrew Farestveit; Robin Gray; Priscilla Gutierrez; Jonathan Healy; Samuel Hyams; Rik Jeffery; Jordan Liebman; Laura Lively; Carolyn Luong; Michael McConnell; Alexandra McIntosh; Robert Moddelmog; Andrew Morrill; Brittany Ngo; Itohan Okogbo; Evan Ponec; Erica Row; Sophia Shin; Remick Stahl; RJ Szuba; AJ Talt; Meigan Thompson; Ann Tran; Andrew Wiseman; Jake Yocham; Alexander Zeng; Enid Zhou
    • Class of 2016: Nefi Acosta; Jean Ahn; Jordan Aiken; Melissa Bell; Jamila Benkato; Kristen Burzynski; Samual Cretcher; Emily Cross; Tawny Do; Andrés Gallegos; Nahal Hamidi; Michael Iseri; Nicholas James; Ann Kam; Vinhcent Le; Stephanie Lind; David Mangikyan; Zoe McKinney; Sophia Nguyen; Aglaia Ovtchinnikova; Samantha Rodriguez; Lauren Shelby; Sheila Solaimani; Michael Soter; Nancy Sotomayor; Jamie Sutton; Lauren Wong
    • Class of 2015: Crystal Adams; Alex Bartel; Amy Bowles; Tommy Hoa Du; Caitlin Emmons; Michelle Ferguson; Pilar Ferguson; Kelsey Galanter; Jessica Garland; Pegah Ghaneian; Ginger Grimes; Colby Johnson; Rachel Khalili; Steven Kim; Claire-Lise Kutlay; Rebecca Maloney; Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden; Daisy Ocampo; Alex Patterson; Nitya Ram; Caroline Reiser; Caroline Shurig; Chariese Solorio; Claire Stanley; Ashley Tellier