What inspired you to pursue graduate studies?
I was inspired to study law, politics, and economics after observing the lack of economic and educational opportunities in the inner-city of Los Angeles where I founded and directed a therapeutic athletic program for “severely emotionally disturbed” students. Although my programs successfully developed self-esteem and empowered the students, I became very frustrated with the extremely low number of students who were able to break out of the cycle of poverty and violence. Eventually, after three years of patient teaching by my students and their families, I finally realized that I could not effect the systemic change that was necessary without further educating and training myself.
What excites you about joining the UCI Law team?
I'm excited to seize an historic opportunity to join leaders and innovators in helping to build what in my mind will be the best law school in the country. I'm excited about sharing my passion for the law with members of the team and in turn being inspired by them. I'm excited about assisting every student in choosing and developing the right career. Finally, I'm excited about former students becoming colleagues and changing people's lives, corporations' fortunes, and the law itself.