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.

For students interested in serving as a Community Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year, please download the application and return it to the front desk in Student Services (EDU 1000) by noon on Tuesday, March 10.  If you have any questions about the Community Fellow application process, please contact Jennah Jones, Director of Student Life.


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    Nefi Acosta

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown: Provo, UT
    Alma Mater: Utah Valley University
    Professional Interests:  Immigration law, IP law, corporate litigation, public policy, Latino advocacy
    Hobbies: Salsa dancing, snowboarding, the outdoors, working on cars, reading (for fun), and basketball
    Co-Curricular:  Latina/o Law Students Association, Street Law, Saturday Academy of Law

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    Jordan Aiken

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Pasadena, CA
    Alma Mater:
    UC Berkeley
    Work Experience:
    New Orleans Women's Shelter; The Louisiana Civil Justice Center; started and ran Ayla - a queer Jewish non-profit
    Professional Interests:
      Community organizing, transgender law & policy
    Hobbies:
    Painting, calligraphy, time banking
    Co-Curricular:
      Orange County Human rights Association, Women's Law Society, OutLaw, Public Interest Law Fund

  • Image of Emile Ayoub

    Emile Ayoub

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, CA
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Mediation, business litigation and transaction
    Hobbies: Basketball (NBA and college), college football, TV, music/concerts, traveling
    Co-Curricular: Student Bar Association, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, Street Law

    ·         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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    Jamila Benkato

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Houston, TX
    Alma Mater:
    Southern Methodist University, B.A.; UC Santa Barbara, M.A. in Global & International Studies
    Professional Interests:
    Civil rights, race and the law, critical identity theories, mass incarceration, education rights
    Hobbies:
    Road tripping, hiking, camping, potlucks, and drinking copious amounts of tea
    Co-Curricular: Student Bar Association Chair (2014-2015), FRCP 12(f)Motion to Strike intramural soccer, Admissions Ambassador, Perspectives reading group, various pro bono projects

  • Image of Jessica Brostek

    Jessica Brostek

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Berkeley
    Professional Interests:
    Government, business litigation, civil litigation
    Hobbies: Cal athletics, Los Angeles Lakers, running, yoga, hiking, art history, food, Paris
    Co-Curricular:
    Student Bar Association Vice-Chairperson of External Relations, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, A New Way of Life Expungement Clinic, Trial Advocacy Club, Admissions Ambassador

  • Image of Sam Cretcher

    Sam Cretcher

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Alma Mater:
    UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Indigent defense, public interest law
    Hobbies: Concerts, movies, fitness
    Co-Curricular:
    Student Bar Association, Orange County Human Rights Association
  • Image of Emily Cross

    Emily Cross

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Glendive, Montana
    Alma Mater:
    University of Montana
    Professional Interests: Appellate litigation
    Hobbies:
    Trivia, dancing, hiking, reading, listening to/making music, cooking, having super-nerdy philosophical discussions
    Co-Curricular: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, Election Law Society, Global Justice Summit, Saturday Academy of Law, CARES, Permanency Applications for Victims of Crime

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    Natalie Diaz

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Hemet, CA
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Art law, public interest
    Hobbies: Reading about graffiti art, reading blogs, watching YouTube, traveling, donuts, and hanging out with my dog Eevee
    Co-Curricular: 2L Student Bar Association Rep, Veterans Advocacy Society, Public Interest Law Fund
  • Image of Claire-Lise Kutlay

    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: Estate planning, corporate law
    Hobbies: Coffee, baking, board games, traveling, dancing, belting out Spice Girls at karaoke
    Co-Curricular: Vagina Monologues, Women's Law Society
  • Image of Mandy Luper

    Mandy Luper

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Temecula, CA
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Civil litigation - appellate, government, or international
    Hobbies: Playing soccer, hiking, baking, and reading!
    Co-Curricular: Motion to Strike intramural soccer team, Women's Law Society, Trial Advocacy Group
  • Image of Morgan Mcombe

    Morgan Mcombe

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Martinez, CA
    Alma Mater:
    San Francisco State University
    Work Experience:
    United States Marine Corps
    Professional Interests:
    Business law
    Hobbies: Science fiction, backpacking, and baseball
    Co-Curricular: President of the Veteran's Advocacy Society

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    Micah Morris

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Fairfax, VA and the SF Bay Area
    Work Experience: Taught high school for the past 10 years in the Bay Area
    Professional Interests: Public law (specifically including government/administrative, education, employment, immigration and constitutional)
    Hobbies: Crossfit, cooking and home-canning, gardening
    Co-Curricular: Street Law, Student Bar Association Faculty Appointment Committee, OutLaw, Black Law Students Association
  • Image of Michael Olson

    Michael Olson

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Criminal law, corporate law
    Hobbies: Los Angeles Clippers, playing basketball, craft beer, dance music, board games
    Co-Curricular: Criminal Law Society, Law Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, Public Interest Law Fund
  • Image of Aglaia Ovtchinnikova

    Aglaia Ovtchinnikova

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Worcester, MA
    Alma Mater: George Washington University
    Hobbies: Tennis, hiking around Orange County, discovering new music, jokes, and board games
    Co-Curricular: Women's Law Society, Criminal Law Society, Admissions Ambassador
  • Image of Hayley Penan

    Hayley Penan

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Corona del Mar, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Berkeley
    Work Experience: Lonely Planet Publications and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County
    Professional Interests: Litigation
    Hobbies: Skiing, singing/music, yoga, art
    Co-Curricular: Vice President of Law Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, Managing Editor of The Notice, pro bono
  • Image of Ariela Rutkin-Becker

    Ariela Rutkin-Becker

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Great Neck, NY
    Alma Mater: Cornell University
    Work Experience: DC Teaching Fellows, Special Education; AmeriCorps VISTA, Inter Tribal Sports
    Professional Interests: Gender, law and sexuality; criminal law and drug policies; prison reform and constructs; international human rights law
    Hobbies:  The New York Yankees, running, backpacking, Nutella
    Co-Curricular:  Students for Sensible Drug Policy, National Lawyers Guild, Women's Law Society
  • Image of Tara Schonhoff

    Tara Schonhoff

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Tennessee
    Professional Interests: Policy and law, election law
    Hobbies:  running, crossword puzzles, political dramas
    Co-Curricular: Election Law Society, International Law Society
  • Image of Nancy Sotomayor

    Nancy Sotomayor

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Costa Mesa,CA
    Alma Mater: UC Irvine
    Professional Interests: Criminal law, immigration law
    Hobbies:  Music!  Going to live concerts/music festivals, wine tasting, traveling, camping
    Co-Curricular:  Student Bar Association, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, American Constitution Society, Women's Law Society, Admissions Ambassador, Latina/o Law Student Association
  • Image of Tanya Taylor

    Tanya Taylor

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Buena Park, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Irvine
    Hobbies:  Soccer, naps, drawing, wine
    Co-Curricular:  Black Law Students Association, Entertainment Law Society
  • Image of Ryan Tikker

    Ryan Tikker

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    Alma Mater: UCLA
    Professional Interests: Litigation, bankruptcy, criminal law
    Hobbies:  Skimboarding, skateboarding, N64 games, basketball, zombie movies
    Co-Curricular:  Studying in the Newport Library, UCI IM basketball
  • Image of Lauren Wong

    Lauren Wong

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    Pleasanton, CA
    Alma Mater: UC San Diego
    Work Experience: Laboratory Technician at Cortical Systems and Behavior Laboratory at UCSD
    Professional Interests: Corporate law, criminal law, intellectual property
    Hobbies:  Photography, baking, shopping, craft beer, tennis, going to the beach
    Co-Curricular:  Pro bono, Street Law, Domestic Violence Declarations, Re-entry Expungement
  • Image of Francis Yao

    Francis Yao

    (Class of 2016)
    Hometown:
    San Jose, CA
    Alma Mater: UC Davis
    Professional Interests: Intellectual property, immigration, energy
    Hobbies:  Trying new eateries, getting adequate sleep, co-op jigsaw puzzles
    Co-Curricular:  Student Bar Association 1L Rep, 100+ hours of Pro Bono, OutLaw, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association