Pro Bono Awards 2021

Presented at the UCI Law Pro Bono & Student Life Awards Celebration on May 11, 2021.

Faculty/Staff Award

Faculty Award

  • Amy Atchison for her dedicated supervision of UCI Law students participating in the Transgender Law Center Legal Information Helpline projects, resulting in 320 hours of pro bono services.

Student Awards

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

Pro Bono Independent Spirit Award

  • Sarah Kahn for the ACLU of SoCal Inmate Letter Writing for Conditions Monitoring; Avery Kunstler for being a form-wizard for the Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic; Michaela Posner for the Union Grievance Assistance Project.

Most Pro Bono Hours

  • Cumulative (Class of 2021): Sarah Kahn and Alexis Weitzner 
  • 3L: Sarah Kahn 
  • 2L: Emily Phillips 
  • 1L: Nichole Chen and Anna Setyaeva

Pro Bono Student Leadership Award

  • Kari Ferver, Harrison Weimer, Ryan Aymard – Disabled and Elderly Benefits (SSI)
  • Christa Millard – Domestic Violence Declarations
  • Amanda Le, Emily Phillips – Expungement Project – OC Clean Slate Clinic
  • Anne Nicholson, Teddy Malone, Andy Van Ligten – International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Lya Ferreyra, Jessica Santiago – Permanency Project for Victims of Crime
  • Matt Hallman, Alicia Hernandez, Katie Rosoff, Jessica Santiago, Emily Tanaka – Saturday Academy of Law
  • Sarah Eller, Yasmeen Sayaah, Hafeez Khan – Street Law
  • Perla Ramos, Jose Rosales, Lya Ferreyra, Amruta Trivedi, Sumouni Basu – Tijuana Border Rights Protection Project
  • Matthew M. Arnold, Avery Kunstler, Sam Kishiyama, Ethan Smith – Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic

Graduation Awards

  • Pro Bono High Honors (200 hours): Matthew Arnold, Hannah Bartlett, Sumouni Basu, Evan Campbell, Angelina Caplanis, Ricardo Corte, Widad Diab, Pauline Duong, Sarah Eller, Lya Ferreyra, Kari Ferver, Curtis Franklin, Daniel Ganz, Dylan Gera, Emily Goldstein, Ethan Greene, Anna Hales, Sarah Kahn, James Kim, Avery Kunstler, Chris Lawrence, Stephanie Lee, Lindsay Marum, Christa Millard, Sarah Mousa, Allyson Myers, Erica Navarro, Anne Nicholson, Katie O’Donnell, Sophie Paeng, Michaela Posner, Michelle Pujol, Katie Raitz, Catherine Rosoff, Jenae Rusch, Yasmeen Sayyah, Akila Shenoy, Katherine Shuai, Emily Tsai, Alexis Weitzner, Tatus Wheeler, Xinnan Wu, Amanda Zemel
  • Pro Bono Honors (120 hours):Lynda Bui, Melanie Chaewsky, Melissa Colon, Daisy Flores, Emma Garcia, Arya Ghadimi, Tara Spencer Gonzales, Matthew Hallman, Scott Harris, Kennedy Holmes, Robyn Lin, Anthony Mendez, Claire Mejnjivar (LL.M.), Zeina Mousa, Thomas Multari, Michelle Nelson, Morgan Peterson, Angela Shen, Chris Steinke, Hedyeh Tirgardoon, Kyle Warren, Harrison Weimer, Jordin Wilcher, Albert Yang, James Yeh

Pro Bono 50 & 100 (Hour) Awards: These students far exceeded the recommended number of annual pro bono hours during the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • 100 Hour Award (3L): Matthew Arnold, Evan Campbell, Angelina Caplanis, Ricardo Corte, Widad Diab, Pauline Duong, Kari Ferver, Daniel Ganz, Emily Goldstein, Tara Spencer Gonzales, Sarah Kahn, James Kim, Avery Kunstler, Katie O’Donnell, Sophie Paeng, Michaela Posner, Michelle Pujol, Catherine Rosoff, Emily Tsai, Alexis Weitzner, Tatum Wheeler, Xinnan Wu, James Yeh, Amanda Zemel
  • 100 Hour Award (2L): Amy Abshier, Nadia Blant, Laura Flores, Maria Coelho Dos Santos, Allison Greenberg, Jason Hane, Diana Hoag, Amanda Le, Clair Leonard, Emily Phillips, Srivats Shankar, Eva Shen, Nicole Stemet, Jonathan Widjaja, Colleen Wisel
  • 50 Hour Award (1L): Jonas Agle, Hanna Bayer, Sarah Beydoun, Erin Black, Sayid Bnefsi, Jasper Burroughs, Nichole Chen, Lisa Cintron, Carl Cotroneo, Lauren Davis, Andrew Delvasto, Elizabeth Duran, Courtney Echols, Solange Fortenbach, Natalie Gould, Rachel Iida, Lance Lee, Chloe Lee, Andrew Liu, Dana Matsunami, Karsen Melgard, Caroline Nester, Honoka Ozeki, Hailey Phelan, Londen Powers, Linsha Qi, Katahdin Rendino, Nathan Romo, Elizabeth Schatz Cordero, Anna Setyaeva, Ethan Smith, Adam Snider, Nicole Tackabery, Miranda Tafoya

Pro Bono 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) during the 2020–2021 academic year.

  • Class of 2021: Hannah Bartlett, Lynda Dui, Sarah Eller, Lya Ferreyra, Daisy Flores, Emma Garcia, Dylan Gera, Arya Ghadimi, Anna Hales, Scott Harris, Kennedy Holmes, Emily Horak, Erik Rodriguez, Amanda Lapado, Chris Lawrence, Courtney Lem, Robyn Lin, Anthony Mendez, Christa Millard, Erica Navarro, Katie Raitz, Yasmeen Sayyah, Sarah Shahatto, Angela Shen, Akila Shenoy, Katherine Shuai, Jordin Wilcher, Albert Yang
  • Class of 2022: Alice Doyle, Spencer Elam, Ariel Greenwood, Baele Hasbrouck, Margaret Hinson, Anthonya James, Julia Kim, Madeline Knutson, Samuel Leff, Bianca Leichnitz, Sydney Martin, Emily McCorry, Laila Naraghi, Amber Norori Nieto, Tuyet Pham, Jose Rosales, Jonathan Routson, Jessica Santiago, Mason Schoeppl, Jasmine Smith, Christopher Su, Andy Van Ligten, Edgar Wang, Zachary Watson, Mengyuan Xiao
  • Class of 2023: Kenneth Armstrong, Judy Baladi, Annie Barker, Rosanna Barrett, Emma Bekhet, Thomasin Bernhardt, Labreonna Bland, Anna Burbank, Andrea Cervantes, Cameron Dekens, Krina Desai, Avery Dillon, Mason Doidge, Brittany Emsais, Michael Ervin, Itzel Figueroa-Montes, Priya Gambhir, Girija Gaur, Jason Grimm, Sandra Guzman, Zehra Haider, Jessica Horsham, Jorge Iniguez, Bryant Jackson-Green, Mariah Kitchin, Lilla Lavanakul, Maxwell Levins, Tiffany Liu, Emily Livermore, David Manrique, Thitipong Mongkolrattanothai, Angela Neeley, Kaitlyn O’Rinn, Christine Park, Audra Schumm, Katherine Seaman, Divya Seth, Caitlin Stern, Tahnee Thantrong, Cindy Ventura, Zoe Vikstrom, Jennie Woo, Anna Wood, Daniel Zuniga