Community Fellows

No question is too big or small. Community Fellows can offer perspective on class preparation, outlining, exam preparation, job search, co-curricular activities, social life in Orange County and life/work balance. The Community Fellows will also host a variety of small gatherings and large events to connect first-year students with the larger campus community.
  • Image of Jenaun Aboud

    Jenaun Aboud

    (Class of 2017)

    Hometown: Anaheim Hills
    Alma Mater: Cal State Fullerton - English
    Professional Interests: 
    Employment Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Reproductive Justice
    Hobbies: Hiking, camping, top-rope climbing, paddleboarding, cardio fitness, dystopian fiction, fantasy fiction, stand-up comedy, consuming all forms of dairy
    Co-Curricular: Student Bar Association, Women's Law Society, The Voice

  • Thea Alli

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown:
     San Diego, CA
    Alma Mater: United States Air Force Academy - Political Science
    Professional Interests: Employment Law, Municipal Law
    Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, and rollerskating
    Co-Curricular: Veteran's Advocacy Society (President), Public Interest Law Fund (PILF), Black Law Student's Association (BLSA), Center on Law, Equality, and Race (CLEaR)
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    Alina Ananian

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown:
     La Crescenta, CA
    Alma Mater:
     UCLA - Applied Mathematics
    Hobbies: Dancing, napping, eating, binge watching Netflix
    Co-Curricular: Student Bar Association, American Constitution Society

  • Lindsay Anderson

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown:
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Alma Mater:
     UC Riverside - History, Law & Society
    Professional Interests:  I am very interested in animal law. I am specifically interested in seeing the practice of shark finning ended in my lifetime
    Hobbies:
     Attending indie concerts and painting ceramics
    Co-Curricular: I am currently serving as President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) at UCI Law

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    Sara Banco

    (Class of 2017)
    Hometown:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Alma Mater: California State University, Monterey Bay
    Professional Interests: Criminal Law, Appellate Law, Juvenile Justice Law, Mental Health Law
    Hobbies: Fantasy books, dog parks, boating, skiing, theater
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    Sarah Boxer

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Glastonbury, CT
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
    Professional Interests: Labor and Employment Law, Civil Rights Litigation
    Hobbies: 
    Taking my bulldog to the dog beach, iced coffee, napping
    Co-Curricular: Workers' Rights Clinic, Women's Law Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • Image of Helen Boyer

    Helen Boyer

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown:
     Newark, DE
    Alma Mater: American University
    Professional Interests: Civil Rights, Social Justice Law, Education Law, Prison Reform, Gender & Sexual Orientation Law
    Hobbies: 
    Music, guitar, drinking too much coffee
    Co-Curricular: National Lawyers Guild, PILF, Workers' Rights Clinic, Transgender Legal Name and Gender Change Clinic, OutLaw
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    James Byrd

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Ridgecrest, CA
    Alma Mater:
     San Diego State University - Sociology and Criminal Justice
    Additional Degrees: Master's degree in Criminology
    Professional Interests:
     Indigent Criminal Defense; Post-conviction Work; Impact Litigation, particularly in the area of criminal justice reform
    Hobbies: 
    Distance running, acoustic guitar, beach volleyball, weightlifting, and racquetball
    Co-Curricular: Criminal Law Society (board member), American Constitution Society (vice president), and Public Interest Law Foundation

  • Image of Raymond Cho

    Raymond Cho

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Irvine, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Southern California - Economics / East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Professional Interests: Public Interest Law
    Hobbies: 
    Netflix, "Yelping" places to eat, adventures, and traveling
    Co-Curricular: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Image of Amanda Cordova

    Amanda Cordova

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Oceanside, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UC San Diego
    Hobbies: 
    Cross-country traveling, reading nonfiction, window shopping, Netflix
    Co-Curricular: Admissions Ambassador, Pro Bono, Public Interest Law Fund
  • Image of Soraya Davia

    Soraya Davia

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Laguna Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UC Irvine - Psychology and Social Behavior
    Hobbies: Yoga, going to the beach, playing the violin, trying new foods/desserts, spending time with friends
    Co-Curricular: International Refugee Assistance Project, Employment and Labor Law Society
  • Image of Shirley Diaz

    Shirley Diaz

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Nevada, Reno - BA in Political Science and International Affairs; University of Nevada, Reno - MA in Economics
    Professional Interests: Litigation
    Hobbies: 
    Step dancing, drinking coffee, watching The Bachelor(ette)
    Co-Curricular: Women's Law Society, Latino/a Law Student Association
  • Image of Rebecca Garcia

    Rebecca Garcia

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Anaheim, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    San Jose State University - Psychology
    Hobbies: Running, eating, going to the beach, and napping
    Co-Curricular: PILF, Advance Parole for DACA students, Criminal Law Society
  • Image of Vanessa Gomez

    Vanessa Gomez

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Los Angeles, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    Princeton University - B.A. in Sociology; Certificates in Law & Finance from NYU.
    Professional Interests: Employer: Law firm/In-house Counsel; Practice areas: Securities, Business law, Real Estate, Labor & Employment, Business Litigation, Finance
    Hobbies: 
    Basketball, running, marathons, the beach, music, trying new food havens
    Co-Curricular: Latino/a Law Students Association: 1L Rep & Incoming Co-Chair, Business Law Society: 1L Rep, Street Law: Incoming Student leader, CARES: Incoming Student leader, Pro Bono: Mississippi Center for Justice, Coachella Saturday Clinic, Naturalization Fairs, U-Visa Project for Victims of Special Crimes
  • Matthew Jacinto

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UC Berkeley - Political Science
    Hobbies: 
    Beach volleyball, live music, reading, not doing the dishes
    Co-Curricular: Domestic Violence Declarations, Director of Social Programming
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    Star Leal

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Alma Mater: 
    Florida Atlantic University
    Professional Interests: Children's Advocacy and Criminal Law
    Hobbies: 
    Disney and spending time with my kids
    Co-Curricular: Children's Advocacy Group, Social Security benefits, Expungement Clinics
  • Image of Jordan Liebman

    Jordan Liebman

    (Class of 2017)
    Hometown: 
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UC Santa Cruz
    Professional Interests: Land Use and Natural Resources Law, Constitutional Law, Plaintiff-side and Public Interest Litigation
    Hobbies: 
    Guitar, ukulele, banjo, Settlers of Catan, hiking, cooking
    Co-Curricular: Environmental Law Society, Pro Bono, Law Review
  • Image of Mariah Lindsay

    Mariah Lindsay

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Orange, CA
    Alma Mater: 
     Cal Poly Pomona - Political Science with a Minor in History
    Professional Interests: Public Interest, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Criminal Law
    Co-Curricular: PILF Publicity Co-chair; Law Students for Reproductive Justice Internal Vice President
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    Laura Lively

    (Class of 2017)
    Hometown: 
    Santa Clarita, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    CSU Fullerton - English Literature; Duke University, M.A. Humanities
    Professional Interests: Civil Litigation
    Hobbies: 
    Singing, songwriting, Duke Basketball, cooking, hiking, reading
    Co-Curricular: President of the Student Bar Association, Style Editor for UC Irvine Law Review, Research Assistant for Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, 2015-2016 Research Fellow for Professor Trilby Robinson-Dorn,  Women's Law Society

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    Sean Lobb

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Temecula, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UC Irvine - International Studies
    Professional Interests: Networking, Litigation, Public Speaking, teaching, and Pro-bono work
    Hobbies: 
    Tennis, surfing, sailing, beach volleyball, international travel, running, San Diego Chargers and Padres, international music, learning languages, basketball, the beach, Disneyland, and comedy movies
    Co-Curricular: Street Law, Mississippi Center for Justice, Criminal Law Society, PILF, and UCI Student Bar Association

  • Image of Emma McBurney

    Emma McBurney

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    London, England
    Alma Mater: 
    Yale University - Anthropology
    Professional Interests: Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Litigation
    Hobbies: 
    Crossfit, FBI TV shows
    Co-Curricular: Faculty Appointments Committee Member, Veterans Advocacy Society, Global Justice Summit
  • Image of Brian McCall

    Brian McCall

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown:
     Andover, MA
    Alma Mater: George Washington University - International Affairs; Masters in Tourism Administration - George Washington University
    Professional Interests: Construction Law, Land Use, Real Estate, Environmental
    Hobbies: 
    Playing with my puppy, The West Wing, rapping Hamilton to myself, GW basketball, watching "Nick at Nite" re-runs of Friends/Full-House
    Co-Curricular: PILF, International Refugee Assistance Project, Admissions Ambassador
  • Image of Carol Park

    Carol Park

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Seoul, Korea
    Alma Mater: 
    HUFS/DIS
    Hobbies: 
    Yoga/Pilates, creative writing
  • Image of Samuel Sung Cheol Park

    Samuel Sung Cheol Park

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Chicago, IL
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Hobbies: League of Legends, running, rock climbing, playing piano, trying (almost anything) that's new, and collecting office supplies
    Co-Curricular: Student Bar Association, OutLaw, U-Visa Project, Saturday Academy of Law, Street Law, and Community Fellows
  • Image of Mason Sayer

    Mason Sayer

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Newport Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UCLA - Geography
    Professional Interests: Environmental Law and Policy
    Hobbies: Martial Arts, boxing, surfing, drums, guitar, singing
    Co-Curricular: Environmental Law Society, International Refugee Assistance Project, Staff Editor for The Voice, Admissions Ambassador

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    Chris Valentino

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Benicia, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    San Francisco State University - Political Science; Bowling Green State University - Master's Degree: College Student Personnel 
    Professional Interests: Social Justice, Criminal Defense State and Local Government
    Hobbies: Running, Cooking
    Co-Curricular: Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Image of Olivia Weber

    Olivia Weber

    (Class of 2017)
    Hometown:
     Idaho Falls, Idaho
    Alma Mater: University of Montana
    Professional Interests: Indian law, environmental law, direct legal services
    Hobbies: I love white water rafting, and am a white water river guide in the summer. While in school, I trail run, paddle board, ski, backpack, and play golf and tennis. I also love getting together with my classmates and laughing for hours on end about stupid things. Believe me, you can still have fun in law school!
    Co-Curricular:  PILF, Environmental Law Society, SBA, and Native American and Indigenous Law Student Association

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    Christine Wendel

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Newton, Iowa
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Missouri - BA in Broadcast Journalism; Universität Hamburg Aarhus Universitet- Dual Masters Degree of Journalism, Media and Globalisation
    Professional Interests: International Law, Environmental Law
    Hobbies: Jogging, soccer
    Co-Curricular: Environmental Law Society, International Law Society, IRAP, UCI Admissions Ambassadors, Pro Bono
  • Image of Lauren Yun

    Lauren Yun

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Orange County, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    University of Southern California
    Professional Interests: International Human Rights and Intellectual Property.
    Hobbies: Reading literally anything, competitive e-sports (LoL, CSGO, TF2), documentaries, and making excuses not to go to the gym
    Co-Curricular: PILF, Reproductive Justice Pro Bono Project
  • Image of Sami Zaret

    Sami Zaret

    (Class of 2018)
    Hometown: 
    Newport Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: 
    UCLA - English
    Professional Interests: Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Immigration Law, Reproductive Rights, Philosophy and the Law
    Hobbies: Cooking, running (...aka jogging...aka walking fast), food tours, road trips, Peet's Cold Brew Coffee
    Co-Curricular: Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Street Law, Pro Bono

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