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.

Apply to be a 2014-2015 Community Fellow! You can download the application here, fill it out, and submit it at the front desk in the 1000 suite.  Please note that you will sign up for an interview time when you turn in your application.

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    Crystal Adams

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown: San Jose, CA
    Alma Mater: Claremont McKenna College
    Professional Interests:  Civil rights litigation, social justice policy reform
    Hobbies:  performing arts, K-12 education, making people smile
    Co-Curricular:  BLSA, WLS, SBA

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    David Bethea

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Clovis, CA
    Alma Mater: Seattle Pacific University
    Professional Interests:
      Business Litigation
    Hobbies:
    racquetball, sharks, geography/memorizing countries of the world, movies and learning about serial killers
    Co-Curricular:
      SBA Internal Vice Chair, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project

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    Amy Bowles

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Denver, CO
    Alma Mater: Kenyon College
    Work Experience: Worked for law firms in Washington, DC for two years
    Professional Interests: Financial Services Regulation, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Immigration, and Workers’ Rights
    Hobbies: interior design, drawing, skiing, movies, and really good food
    Co-Curricular: SBA Faculty Appointments Committee, American Constitution Society, WLS, Worker’s Rights Clinic, PILF, Research Fellow

    ·         Hometown: Denver, CO

    ·         Alma Mater: Kenyon College

    ·         Work Experience:  Worked for law firms in Washington, DC for two years

    ·         Professional Interests:  Financial Services Regulation, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Immigration, and Workers’ Rights

    ·         Hobbies:  interior design, drawing, skiing, movies, and really good food

    ·         Co-Curricular:  SBA Faculty Appointments Committee, American Constitution Society, WLS, Worker’s Rights Clinic, PILF, Research Fellow

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    Elias de Wit

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Alma Mater:
    University of Michigan
    Professional Interests:
    Sports Law
    Hobbies:
    playing basketball, Fantasy Baseball, Lakers maniac
    Co-Curricular: Pro bono in the Client Intake Center at Bet Tzedek

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    Pilar Ferguson

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Alma Mater: University of Arizona
    Professional Interests: 
    Public interest, family law, immigration
    Hobbies: working out, wine, country concerts, and groupon/living social deals
    Co-Curricular:
    Latina/o Law Student Association, Pro bono

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    Kelly Galligan

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    La Habra Heights, CA
    Alma Mater:
    Hope International University
    Work Experience: legal Intern, DoubleLine Capital
    Professional Interests:
    Securities Law, Tax Law
    Hobbies: family, study buddies, playing soccer with Ayana
    Co-Curricular:
    SBA Chair, American Constitution Society Co-Chair, IM soccer, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, Admissions Ambassador, Pro bono
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    Jessica Garland

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Torrance, CA
    Alma Mater:
    University of the Pacific
    Work Experience: Compliance Clerk at Arent Fox LLP
    Professional Interests: 
    Corporate Law
    Hobbies: 
    outdoor activities, working out, wine tasting, interior design, photography
    Co-Curricular: Research Fellow, Global Justice Summit, Pro Bono, PILF Fundraising

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    Pegah Ghaneian

    (Class of 2014)
    Hometown:
    Orange County, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Berkeley
    Professional Interests: Government, Policy, Immigration, Employment, Tax, Business
    Hobbies: music, Concerts, Traveling, Delicious Food
    Co-Curricular: SBA, OCHRA, Pro Bono, Returning Community Fellow
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    Colby Johnson

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Santa Ana, CA
    Alma Mater: California State University, Fullerton
    Professional Interests: Civil Litigation, Business Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property  Law
    Hobbies: bouldering, surfing, food trucks
    Co-Curricular: SBA, Street Law, Mississippi Center for Justice, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Clinic
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    Erik Johnson

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Chino Hills, CA
    Alma Mater: University of La Verne
    Hobbies:  hiking in Yosemite
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    Claire-Lise Kutlay

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Nigeria and Canada
    Alma Mater: University of Victoria
    Work Experience: Taught health and Safety in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Professional Interests: Family Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law
    Hobbies: coffee, baking, board games, traveling, dancing, karaoke
    Co-Curricular: Criminal Law Society, Admissions Ambassador, Vagina Monologues, WLS
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    Rachel Khalili

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    San Clemente, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Irvine – B.A.; United States Naval War College – M.A.
    Professional Interests: Congressional/legislative policy, public service
    Hobbies: baking cupcakes
    Co-Curricular: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), SBA Director of Finance, Iranian American Bar Association, International Law Society
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    Becca Maloney

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Alma Mater: Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Professional Interests: Public Interest/Human Rights
    Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, soccer, camping, cooking
    Co-Curricular: OCHRA, OutLaw, CARES, SBA
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    Monica Poremba

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Brantford, Ontario, Canada
    Alma Mater: University of Waterloo
    Professional Interests: Criminal defense, international law, intellectual property law
    Hobbies: Harry Potter, yoga, dinosaurs, cooking, basketball, & Polish dancing
    Co-Curricular: Criminal Law Society, OutLaw, Street Law
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    Nick Schuchert

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Palos Verdes Estates, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Business Law
    Hobbies: Scalia’s Dissents, Angels Baseball, football, running & traveling
    Co-Curricular: Admissions Ambassador, Federalist Society, Oral Advocacy Student Association
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    Tyler Stutin

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Pasadena, CA
    Alma Mater: United States Merchant Marine Academy
    Work Experience: Active duty since graduation from the Academy in 2007;  Supervisor of a Coast Guard detachment in Ponce, Puerto Rico
    Professional Interests: Active duty Coast Guard lieutenant selected for JAG and assigned to UCI as part of the Coast Guard’s funded legal education program.  Interested in military justice, international law, and environmental law
    Hobbies:  Classic cars, especially old Volkswagens; current ride is a 1963 Beetle that is enjoying its new home in Orange County
    Co-Curricular:  Saturday Academy of Law, pro bono work with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton
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    Ayana Sumiyasu

    (Class of 2015)
    Alma Mater:
    Yale
    Hobbies: soccer, learning to play the guitar
    Co-Curricular: OCHRA, Guardianship Pro Bono Project
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    Ashley Tellier

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    Cali, Colombia
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Litigation, contracts, labor law, environmental law, land use, real estate, and M&As
    Hobbies: UCLA football and basketball, sports, video games, military documentaries and political biographies
    Co-Curricular: PILF, OutLaw, Children’s Advocacy Group, Pro Bono, Street Law, Saturday Academy of Law, IM soccer
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    Namita Thakker

    (Class of 2015)
    Hometown:
    various, mostly from the Northeast
    Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania
    Work Experience: Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia and Whitman Walker Health in DC
    Professional Interests: corporate transactions, intellectual property (copyright/trademark)
    Hobbies: cooking, hip hop
    Co-Curricular: Intellectual Property & Cyberlaw Society
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    Brooke Weitzman

    (Class of 2014)
    Hometown:
    New Jersey
    Alma Mater: Northeastern University
    Hobbies: Taking her dog fun places
    Co-Curricular: A little bit of everything.  "I do a variety of pro bono projects and am very involved with student groups.  Please feel free to ask me about anything and if I am not involved, I will find someone who is." Returning Community Fellow