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The Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program assists incoming first-year and transfer students with the transition to law school by providing continuous guidance and support throughout their entire first-year at USC. From the first day of Orientation to the last final exam in May, incoming students are assigned two Peer Mentors that serve as a primary resource throughout the first year. Mentors assist with this transition by making new students feel welcomed, connecting them with their new environment, and guiding them to social and developmental resources so that all entering students can become an integral part of the law school community. New students meet their specific Mentors during Orientation, and as the semester and year roll along, Mentors check-in regularly. Each selected Peer Mentor is an exceptional second-year law student who sincerely wants to help new students have a fun, successful and engaging first-year.

2016-17 First-Year Peer Mentors

Nicholas Alexakis

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Cruz

Nicholas (Nick) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a degree in History from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2014. Following his time as a Banana Slug, Nick returned to the better half of California and worked in a plaintiff’s civil litigation firm in Santa Monica for 6 months. As a 1L, Nick utilized his free time to attend bar reviews, events put on by student organizations, and to keep up with his true passion: LA sports. Nick is a devoted fan of the Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Bruins (don’t tell anybody), and Rams. At the moment, Nick’s favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. As a 2L, Nick hopes to stay engaged with the on-campus community here at Gould. Nick is excited to show the incoming 1Ls what the USC Law community is all about!

Jacqueline Bowers

Undergraduate: California State University, Long Beach

Jackie was raised in Mission Viejo, California. She attended Sonoma State University for the first two years of her undergraduate education, studied abroad for a year in Italy and then transferred to California State University Long Beach. Following her graduation in 2012, Jackie moved to New York City and directed a campaign office for several progressive, non-profit organizations. After two years in New York she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and became a baker. Baking thousands of pies was fun, but working as a meaningful advocate for social justice was always her dream. As a 1L, she was a representative of both Legal Aid Alternative Break (LAAB) and Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), and a volunteer with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In addition to studying and reading cases, Jackie loves spending time with her two-year old nephew, hiking, eating Colombian food, and long-distance running. She can not wait to welcome the class of 2019 into the Trojan family!

Rachel Brauer

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Rachel Brauer was born and raised in Los Angeles and has no intention of ever leaving. She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Literature with a minor in Popular Music Studies. After living by USC for four years, Rachel moved to LA's West Side and now resides in West Hollywood. This summer, she worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in the Sex Crimes Division. As a 2L, in addition to being a Peer Mentor, Rachel will serve as Public Interest Law Foundation Vice President of Administration and Treasurer of Music Law Society. During her free time, Rachel likes to watch quality, high-brow television programs such as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the Real World, listen to vinyl records, and travel around LA in search of the perfect Instagram post. As a Double Trojan, Rachel is excited to welcome the Class of 2019 into the Trojan family!

Jonathan Brazile

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Jonathan was born in raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended UC Berkeley where he graduated in 2015 with a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. As an undergraduate, Jonathan enjoyed participating in UC Berkeley's student government and vibrant activist culture, as well as interning for the City of Berkeley's Rent Stabilization Board. Enthusiastic about helping others navigate complicated policies, Jonathan applied to law school during his senior year. A passionate Angeleno at heart, Jonathan decided to return home and become a Trojan with no regrets (except for the lack of “Cheeseboard,” a Bay Area delicacy). As a 1L, Jonathan served on the PILF board. This year he is excited to serve as the treasurer for PILF, the academic chair for BLSA, and the treasurer for OUTlaw. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys running, learning about architecture, watching Game of Thrones, and devouring party size bags of “Sour Patch” candy. Jonathan is thrilled to welcome the class of 2019 to the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Ariel Brotman

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara

Ariel was born in Los Angeles, CA, in the San Fernando Valley in particular, and definitely lives up to that valley girl title. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Middle East Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. There, she spent her days living oceanside and enjoying all Santa Barbara had to offer, and also spent a semester studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel. After taking a year off to work at USC Hillel as an engagement coordinator and intern at the Anti-Defamation League, Ariel enrolled at the USC Gould School of Law. During her first year of law school, she served as a 1L rep for the Jewish Law Student Association and the International Law and Relations Organization. In addition, she served as a 1L rep for the International Refugee Assistance Project, and even got to work on a case helping a man from Afghanistan to obtain a Special Immigrant Visa. This summer, Ariel will be working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert N. Kwan in the Federal Bankruptcy Court. In her free time, Ariel loves sushi, shopping, comedy and Tupac. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2019 to the USC family! Fight on!

Jeremy Chiang

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Jeremy was born in Taiwan and raised in sunny Southern California. He attended the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Bachelor's in Psychology and Social Behavior. After graduating, Jeremy worked at an automotive collision shop where he learned how to repair and refinish cars. He also became a LSAT instructor, teaching courses and helping aspiring law students master the test. During his first year at USC, Jeremy was a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). As a 2L, he will serve on APALSA's board as the External Vice President and coordinate with firms to sponsor and host lunchtime panels and mixers for students. This summer, Jeremy will be working at a boutique law firm in Century City that specializes in fields of mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys traveling, amateur photography, and riding motorcycles. Jeremy is looking forward to meeting and welcoming the class of 2019 to USC! Fight on!

Emily Cronin

Undergraduate: Colorado College

Emily grew up in Laguna Beach, CA, but surprisingly, she was neither a cast member on the classic MTV show nor did she learn how to surf. Not to worry, Emily is a true Californian at heart and eats Kale almost daily. Emily attended Colorado College, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies and spent a semester abroad learning Arabic in Amman, Jordan. After college, Emily spent a year working at a nonprofit in Colorado then moved to Detroit for two years to teach middle school math with Teach for America (and is still very good at long division). Outside of law school, Emily likes running, hanging out with her obese pet chinchilla named Eggplant, and going to brunch. As a 1L, Emily volunteered with legal aid organizations in New Orleans and San Diego with the Legal Aid Alternative Break Club. Next year, Emily will be on the executive boards for the Jewish Law Society, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Legal Aid Alternative Break. She will also serve as one of the 1L Peer Tutors. This summer, Emily will be externing for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in downtown LA and working as a research assistant for Professor David B. Cruz. Emily is very excited for her 2L year and cannot wait to meet all of you.

Eric Czubiak

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara

Eric Czubiak was born and raised in Woodland Hills, CA. Eric graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed living on the beach in perfect weather. He also obtained a dual degree in Economics and Political Science while he was there. As an undergraduate Eric was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi and traveled abroad to Dublin, Ireland for a semester where he took the liberty of fully immersing into the Irish Culture. As a 1L, Eric was the 1L representative for the Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) and the Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Association (EVCA). This summer, Eric will be working in house for Panda Restaurant Group, more commonly known as Panda Express- everyone's favorite Chinese food. Next year, Eric is excited to serve as Co-President of JLSA and cannot wait to meet his new mentees! He welcomes the class of 2019 and looks forward to meeting the new 1Ls of the Trojan Family. Fight on!

Griffin Drake

Undergraduate: University of Rochester

Griffin Drake was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 2015, double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. As an undergraduate, Griffin played attacking midfield on the school's men's soccer team for four years and worked as a research assistant researching the true value of a private college education. He decided to leave the snow behind and make the trek to Southern California after graduation. As a 1L, Griffin was a 1L rep for the Business Law Society, Sports Law Society, and Real Estate Law Society. As a 2L, he will continue his service to the Business Law Society as the Co-President. This summer he will be working as an intern to the in-house counsel at a medical technology company in San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys playing for his semi-pro soccer team, following the upcoming presidential race, and soaking up the Southern California sun. He can't wait to welcome the class of 2019 to the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Andrew Gorini

Undergraduate: Gonzaga University

Andrew was born in San Jose, CA. He received his dual bachelor's degrees in Classical Civilizations and Italian Studies at Gonzaga University-known primarily for its stellar basketball program. After, he spent the following year living in Madrid, Spain, where he taught English in Spanish elementary schools. He returned home to San Jose to intern for the International Rescue Committee, where he helped provide refugees and asylees with legal assistance. During his first year of law school, Andrew participated in the J.D.-LLM partnership program and also played on Gould's indoor intramural soccer team. Outside of school, Andrew is an exercise enthusiast, avidly follows NCAA Football and Basketball, and spends as much time next to a BBQ as possible. He cannot wait to welcome the next class of Gould lawyers to the USC culture! Fight on!

Stephanie Greenberg

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Stephanie was born and raised in sunny Orange County, California. She attended the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in History with a minor in Law and Society. While at UCSD, she spent an enlightening quarter interning in Washington, D.C. for a law firm which specialized in whistleblower law cases. She also had the amazing opportunity to spend the summer studying history in Greece. Hoping to go into entertainment law, Stephanie is very happy with her choice to move to L.A. and attend USC Law. During her first year of law school, Stephanie served as a 1L Representative for the Jewish Law Student Association, and as a 2L will serve as their Alumni and Events Chair. This summer she will be externing at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, working in IP law. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys baking, hanging out with friends, family, and her dogs, and traveling. Stephanie cannot wait to meet and welcome the incredible Class of 2019!

Nathaniel Haas

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Nathaniel has been best described as a 75 year-old retiree trapped in the body of a 22 year-old law student. When he isn't watching C-SPAN, doing crossword puzzles, playing speed-chess or knitting scarves, he is pursuing a legal career in the highly specific field of 'civil litigation.'

Nathaniel graduated from USC in 2015 with a double major in political science and economics. While there, he spent terms interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and working as a journalist for POLITICO. He remains a political junkie and occasionally publishes his semi-coherent thoughts on the matter for The Huffington Post. He also remains hopeful that at some point in his 7-year educational career at USC, the football team will make him proud.

This summer, he will be working in Santa Monica as a clerk at the law firm of Panish, Shea & Boyle. Next year, he will serve as a writing fellow for the Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy Program, a social chair for the Student Bar Association, and a second-string equipment manager for the USC toboggan sledding team. He is excited to welcome the USC Gould Class of 2019. Fight On!

Mane Hakobyan

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Mane was born in Armenia and moved to Los Angeles when she was 8 years old. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis on American Government. Upon graduation, Mane spent a year studying for the LSAT and pursuing her legal interest by working at a small, boutique law firm in Burbank, CA. As a 1L Mane spent her time volunteering as Moot Court clerk and served as the 1L president for Phi Alpha Delta (PAD). This summer, Mane will be interning at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. On her free time, Mane enjoys going to the gym, reading, eating various kinds of cheeses, and binge watching Netflix. She is very excited to welcome the incoming class into the Trojan family.

Chaz Hales

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University

Chaz was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. And then he stayed and got a Master's. And then he went to UCLA and got an MBA. And now he is here at USC learning to become a lawyer. Chaz thinks it's ok to shift gears and live the life you want to live. If the life you want to live is that of a USC law student, Chaz thinks you will be wildly successful at it. Although Chaz struggles to describe himself effectively in the third person, he is much more insightful when it comes to the lives of others. Outside of school, Chaz loves sports, music, gardening, traveling, and staring at his newborn daughter, who makes it pretty hard to leave the house for school. If you bring up even a remotely related topic, Chaz will likely offer to show you pictures. She is ridiculously cute. Welcome to USC, Class of 2019. And Fight on!

Natalie Haritoonian

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Natalie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout college, she worked for a financial advising company, and her experience in the industry sparked her interest in Business Law. After graduating, she decided to explore the other part of town and has enjoyed it ever since. During her first year at USC Law, she served as a First Year Representative for the Armenian Law Students Association and was a recipient of the Justice Richard Amerian Scholarship Endowment. During the summer of 2016, Natalie will be interning for Allstate Insurance Company's litigation services at the Law Offices of Gregory Lucett. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and sightseeing, attending sporting events, and binge watching episodes of Suits and The Walking Dead. Natalie is thrilled to welcome the class of 2019 to the Trojan family. Fight on!

Adria Harris

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee

Adria K. Harris was born in Charleston, SC and retired from the nomadic life of a military brat to settle in the lovely city of Burbank, CA. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. While at UT, Adria served on the executive boards for a Student Government Association campaign and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. During her senior year, she traveled the world with a PR firm as a junior publicist for many notable professional athletes. Upon graduation, Adria decided to return to sunny Los Angeles to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a prominent attorney. During her 1L summer, Adria served as a judicial extern for the Honorable David Cunningham. As a 2L, Adria will serve as Co-President of the Black Law Students Association. When she's not busy acquiring legal knowledge, you can find Adria indulging in wine, good food, and all things Harry Potter. Adria looks forward to welcoming the class of 2019 to USC!

Amber Heron

Undergraduate: University of Washington

Amber was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Washington, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Law, Societies and Justice. While an undergrad, Amber worked as a caregiver to people with disabilities and although she loved the food and scenery in Seattle, she ultimately failed to enjoy the endless rain. She was excited to get back to sunny Los Angeles, and upon her return home worked as a preschool teacher for two years. As a 1L, Amber was a representative of USC's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). This summer and over her 2L year, she will work with USC's Post-Conviction Justice Project and represent PILF as their Alumni and Law Firm Fundraising Chair. Outside of law school, Amber loves to hike, hang out at the beach, scuba dive while on vacation and cheer on the Green Bay Packers. Amber is very excited to be a peer mentor and can't wait to welcome the class of 2019!

Crystal Huynh

Undergraduate: University of the Pacific

Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Crystal graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2015, completing a major in Economics and two minors in Chinese and Pre-Law. While in undergrad, she was a member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and studied abroad in Beijing. Having wanted to go to law school since she was a little girl, Crystal decided to join the Trojan Family for law school. This summer, she will be fighting for the little guy, working for the public interest organization Legal Services of Northern California. Outside of law school, she enjoys cooking, DIY projects, and exploring LA's food scene (although nothing beats the Bay Area's foodie community). Crystal looks forward to meeting USC Gould's Class of 2019! Fight on!

Irene Jang

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Irene was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised as a die-hard Trojan fan. She attended UC Berkeley with a double major in Integrative Biology and Political Science. After undergrad, she worked for four years as a Claims Adjuster for a medical malpractice insurance company in Oakland, CA. Although Irene enjoyed her time up in the Bay Area where she got to eat burritos and rock climb with the hipsters in the Mission, she was very excited to head back down to sunny Los Angeles to become a part of the Trojan family. As a 2L, Irene is looking forward to being SBA's Admissions Committee Chair, VP of IP and Tech Law Society, Transactional Law Dinner Chair of Business Law Society, and Academic Co-Chair of APALSA. She will also serve as a Writing Fellow for the Legal Writing & Advocacy Program. This summer Irene will be a summer associate at Robins Kaplan. She looks forward to meeting the class of 2019 to USC. Fight on!

Courtney Johnson

Undergraduate: University of San Diego

Courtney was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, but after years of embarrassing sports performances (looking at you Cards), she decided to move to California to fulfill her dreams of living in below 100-degree weather. Courtney attended the University of San Diego and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. While an undergrad, she worked for a criminal defense attorney in San Diego and spent a summer interning in Washington, D.C., which both ultimately led her to pursue a law degree. This summer, Courtney will be working for the USC Post Conviction Justice Project, and will continue with the clinic as a 2L student supervisor for the academic school year. Around school, you may find Courtney in her natural habitat on the third floor of the library camped out in her snuggie. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, movies, and all cheese-related foods. Courtney cannot wait to welcome the class of 2019!

Vanuhi Karapetian

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

Vanuhi (I go by Vannie) was born in Iran and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UC San Diego, where she double majored in History and Political Science and fell in love with San Diego. When she wasn't at the beach or discovering new scenic views, Vannie worked at the San Diego District Attorney's Office and served on various student organizational boards. After graduating, Vannie worked at City National Bank and served on multi-cultural organization boards before starting law school. This summer, Vannie will be working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Manuel L. Real. In her free time, Vannie enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and landscape photography. Vannie is so excited to meet her future mentees, as well as the rest of the class of 2019! Fight on!

Joseph Lian

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Lian was born in China and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended University of California, Berkeley and spent most of his time practicing ballroom dancing and trying the best restaurants in the Bay Area. After graduation, he took time off to backpack through Europe and work in China. Eventually, he landed in Law School and became a board member for PAD and a Peer Mentor. Outside of law school, he enjoys reading, dancing, and playing video games. Joseph can't wait to welcome the class of 2019 to USC!

Shannon McHale

Undergraduate: University of Maryland

On a dark and stormy August morning last year, Shannon, a Maryland native, began a 2,884-mile journey towards the gold-laden hills of the West she'd been hearing about since 1849. When she found there was no gold left to be mined, she headed south to Los Angeles to get something more valuable than gold: a platinum-plated USC Gould degree.

Before Shannon left Maryland, she spent five years living near Washington, D.C., studying journalism at the University of Maryland and working for print and online media outlets. In college, she was on the debate and Model UN teams, and earned an international studies citation through the university's living-learning Scholars program. She also spent four years working in her university's recreation department, specializing in programming and fitness facilities.

This summer, Shannon will be working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. In her free time, she likes running middle and long distance, cooking, playing almost any sport (except intramural soccer, which she's decided is best left to the professionals), and reading. Shannon can't wait to meet the Class of 2019 and to welcome them to Los Angeles!

Mina Rizk

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Mina was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended USC as an undergraduate where he double majored in Middle East Studies and Political Science. Although he always knew he wanted to be an attorney, Mina took a year off after graduating to teach computers to elementary school children. He then decided to come back to the greatest university in the world for law school. During the summer of 2016, Mina will serve as a judicial extern for the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Outside of law school, Mina enjoys off-roading with his friends and watching USC football and the San Diego Chargers. As a proud double Trojan, he looks forward to welcoming the class of 2019 to the Trojan Family. FIGHT ON!

Britta Roosendahl

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Britta was born in Los Angeles and raised in both California and Connecticut. A double Trojan, she graduated from USC in 2013 with a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Minor in Psychology and Law. After graduating, Britta worked as an export finance analyst for a consulting firm in New York, a legal intern for a legal aid clinic in London, and a fishmonger at her beloved hometown fish market. Yes- a fishmonger. In 2015, Britta returned to Los Angeles to begin her next adventure. She was a 1L Representative for the Women's Law Association and currently serves as the organization's President. This summer, Britta served as a judicial extern under the Honorable George H. Wu, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California. She now externs at the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. In her free time, Britta enjoys taking on cooking projects and getting out of the city to spend the night in places where she can see the Milky Way.

Daniel Schreiber

Undergraduate: Yeshiva University

Daniel was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Yeshiva University and graduated in 2015 with a major in Finance. As an undergraduate, Daniel spent his freshman year abroad in Israel, and then returned back for his last three years in the dreaded New York winters. For law school, Daniel could not wait to get back to Southern California and spend his Januarys at the beach, instead of in a scarf and ski cap. As a 1L, he was a Class Representative for both the Business Law Society and the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association. During his 1L summer, Daniel will be interning with the General Counsel of WestPark Capital Investments and doing research for Professor Ariela Gross, his Contracts professor. As a 2L, he is very excited to be a Business Law Society board member and a Peer Mentor. Outside of law school, he is an avid Anaheim Ducks and Dodgers fan, loves traveling, and relaxing at the beach. Daniel can't wait to meet and welcome the Class of 2019 to the Trojan family! Fight On!

Annaliese Snodgrass

Undergraduate: McGill University

Annaliese Snodgrass grew up in Huntington, New York, and attended boarding school in Middlebury, Connecticut. She went to Montreal for her undergraduate degree where she studied International Development and Environmental Studies and played lacrosse at McGill University. Before coming to USC Gould, Annaliese stayed in Montreal for a year to work at a law firm and improve her French-speaking skills. As a first year, she participated in USC's Student Bar Association (SBA) as the 1L representative for her section of the 1L class. She also served as the 1L representative for the International Law and Relations Organization and the Sports Law Society and participated in the Public Interest Law Foundation and Phi Alpha Delta. This summer, Annaliese has accepted a judicial externship with Judge Kathleen Tomlinson in the Eastern District of New York. As a 2L, Annaliese looks forward to serving as the Vice President of her 2L class, the President of Phi Alpha Delta, and a writing fellow for the LLM legal Writing program. She is also excited to begin working with the International Human Rights Clinic. Annaliese can't wait to welcome the class of 2019 to the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Zoe Steinberg

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Zoe was born in Boston, MA, but spent her high school years with many of your grandparents in Boca Raton, Florida. She graduated from USC in 2014 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Law and Psychology. As an undergraduate, Zoe played club soccer, was an active member of Tri Delt, and was an avid tailgater at all Trojan football games. After graduating, she took a year off to work for President Obama's White House Advance Team and spent a few months backpacking around Europe. During her 1L year, Zoe was the Athletics Chair for SBA and a 1L representative for both Phi Alpha Delta and the Government Law Organization. This summer, Zoe will be working for the Post Conviction Justice Project Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys running, eating, Netflix binging, and playing with her cat Remus (yes, she loves the wizarding world). Zoe can't wait to meet the Class of 2019! Fight on!

Isabelle Vidro

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Isabelle was born and raised in Comfort, TX, a small town with one stoplight and 2,500 people outside of San Antonio. After completing high school at a boarding school in Connecticut, she attended Vanderbilt University and double majored in Political Science and Spanish and minored in English. As an undergraduate, she was an active member of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and enjoyed exploring the vast taco options that Nashville had to offer. After a particularly cold Nashville winter her senior year, she decided to avoid the cold forever and attend law school at USC. During her 1L year, she volunteered with SBA and was a 1L representative for IRAP and PAD. Next year, she will serve as a Graduate Student Government Senator for SBA. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys running half marathons, eating, baking, and ultimately dreams of having a farm with hundreds of rescue dogs. She is excited to welcome the class of 2019!

Gabrielle Young

Undergraduate: Princeton University

Gabby was born in NYC and raised in the mean streets of Long Island, New York. She attended Princeton University and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with certificates in African American Studies and Urban Studies. Upon graduation, Gabby returned to New York to work for a public health organization for two years. Gabby is new to the West Coast and so far has been appreciating the sunshine and lack of winter weather. This summer Gabby will be externing for the Honorable Sandra L. Townes of the Eastern District of New York. As a 2L, she will be serving as the Alumni Outreach Chair of the Black Law Student Association and Peer Mentoring Co-Chair of the Women's Law Association. Gabby enjoys Netflix and chill (in the literal sense), going to concerts, and wearing work-out clothes while shopping. Gabby is excited to welcome the members of the Class of 2019! Fight On!

2016-17 Transfer Peer Mentors

Simmone Ashai

Undergraduate: Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Simmone was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Before coming to law school at USC, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine where she studied Anthropology and Philosophy. While at USC Gould School of Law, Simmone's favorite experience was the opportunity to travel with a team of four students to Hong Kong and compete in the Willem C. Vis Moot International Arbitration Competition. During her 1L summer, Simmone worked as a judicial extern in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, and this summer will be working as a summer associate at Crowell & Moring LLP. In her spare time (of which she never seems to have enough) Simmone loves to read fiction, particularly anything written by Vladimir Nabokov. She also loves introducing friends to her favorite noir and neo-noir films, and of course, cheering on the USC football team. She is excited to welcome the incoming students to the Trojan family! Fight on!

Joseph Peacock

Undergraduate: San Diego State University

Joseph Peacock was born and raised in Lake Forest, California and attended San Diego State University as an undergraduate where he majored in Political Science. At SDSU, Joseph served as the Public Relations Officer and Vice President of the Pre-Law Society. In the summer following his first year of law school, Joseph interned at the Orange County Public Defender's Office and continues to serve as a student extern for Orange County Lawyer Magazine. As a 2L at USC Gould, Joseph advanced to the final round of the USC Hale Moot Court Competition and received the best brief award. As a 3L, Joseph will serve on the Hale Moot Court Executive Board in addition to competing on the USC national moot court team. Joseph looks forward to next year and is excited to welcome the incoming transfer class!

Nathan Soleimani

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Nathan was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Westwood, where he attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies as a Political Science major. Upon graduating, Nathan took a year off to travel the world, as he found it important to take some time off before fully committing himself to law school. In his 1L summer, Nathan spent his time in the Family Violence division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. As a 2L, Nathan served on the board of the Real Estate Law Society (RELS) as the alumni chair. This summer Nathan will be working in a law firm specializing in Real Estate Litigation and Transactions. In his spare time, you can likely catch him on Thursdays at Bar Review!

2016-17 Peer Mentor Executive Board

Timothy Kolesk

Undergraduate: Boston College

Tim grew up in the great state of Southern New Jersey. He attended Boston College where he majored in History and minored in Film Studies. After his undergraduate studies, Tim moved to Southern California to earn his MFA in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Following that, he went on to work for several seasons in the production offices of the television show Community. In his first two years at Gould, Tim has served as an extern for the Honorable John A. Kronstadt in the Central District of California, a writing fellow for the Legal Writing & Advocacy Program, and a staff member for the Southern California Law Review. He will be spending his 2L summer as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. In his free time, Tim enjoys reading, watching movies, and taking his chocolate Labrador Retriever to dog beach. He is very excited to welcome the Class of 2019 to the Gould School of Law!

Shuchee Shah

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

A California native, Shuchee was raised in the Bay Area and graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in Political Science and minor in Business Administration. Shuchee spent most of her college years in rehearsals for USC's competitive dance team. Little did she know she would find herself in the neighboring law school building a few years later. After graduating, Shuchee moved back up to San Francisco to work for a healthcare consulting firm. Just as she was about to lose her tan and forget the USC fight song, she enrolled into USC Gould School of Law. During her 1L summer, Shuchee externed at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, in the Sexually Violent Predators Unit. As a 2L, in addition to being a Peer Mentor, Shuchee was the Vice President of Development for the Public Interest Law Foundation, a Case Manager for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, President of SALSA, and a staff member of the Review of Law and Social Justice Journal. This summer, Shuchee will be a summer associate at Michelman and Robinson, LLP. As a 3L, she looks forward to serving as a Senior Production Editor on her law journal and is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2019 into the Trojan family. Fight on!

Adam Stillman

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Adam was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoyed below-freezing temperatures and disappointing sports teams. Adam then attended the University of Michigan #GoBlue, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Chinese. Adam's 3 favorite words are "breakfast all day," and if going out to eat were a sport he would be its champion. If Adam's career as a lawyer doesn't pan out, he has dreams of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live or a play-by-play announcer on ESPN. As a 2L, Adam was a Peer Mentor and also served on the executive boards for the Sports Law Society and the Jewish Law Society. This summer, Adam will be a Summer Associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Century City. Adam is very excited for his 3L year and cannot wait to meet all of you!

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