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.

2015-16 First-Year Peer Mentors

Cara Adams

Undergraduate: New York University

Growing up in Los Angeles, Cara Adams always wanted to be a pop star; upon realizing the world wasn't ready, however, she settled on the pursuit of higher education. She therefore graduated from New York University in 2014 where she majored in Media and Communications with a minor in Entertainment Business. It was this coursework, her extensive dance background, and internships with Disney, Def Jam, EMI Music, and Downtown Music Publishing that ultimately fostered her interest in Entertainment Law. She absolutely loved NYC, but Hurricane Sandy abruptly and rudely reminded her she is a California girl at heart. Thus, she chose to return home and become a Trojan, a decision she couldn't be happier with. This summer, Cara will be working as a supervising intern for the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic. Next year, she will serve on the Black Law Students Association executive board. Outside of law school, Cara loves the beach, Kanye West, lobster rolls, Pilates, the NBA (Lakers, I love you even during the rough times) and kale. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2018 to the USC family! Fight on!

Parsa Ansari

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Parsa was born in Los Angeles, CA. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. There, he spent a term studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, spent another term interning on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, and spent his time at UCI living in sunny Newport Beach. After taking a year off to spend time with family in Iran, Parsa enrolled at the USC Gould School of Law. During his first year of law school, Parsa served as a 1L rep for the Business Law Society. As a 2L, Parsa serves on USC's Student Bar Association as President of his 2L class for the 2015-16 academic year. In his free time, Parsa enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, and watching USC football dominate the competition. He is very excited to welcome the class of 2018! Fight On!

Zach Aries

Undergraduate: George Washington University

Zach was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and has been a city slicker ever since. He attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he quickly immersed himself in the city's exciting political climate. He then decided that he wanted to attend law school, and that it should be located somewhere warm. Thus, he chose USC Gould, and got involved in the Business Law and Entertainment Law Societies. Zach is a huge sports fan and avid supporter of the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, and Cubs (unfortunately). Zach also enjoys fast cars, food, watches, and finance. He is extremely excited to give back to the school that has already given him so much and can't wait to meet and welcome the class of 2018. Fight on!

Sareen Armani

Undergraduate: New York University

Sareen Armani was born in Los Angeles and grew up in France. She attended New York University and graduated in 2013 with a major in sociology. As an undergraduate, Sareen spent her freshman year at NYU Paris, where she was the student council president. Upon graduating a year early, she decided to apply to law school to pursue her dream of fighting for justice for all. As a 1L, she was on the board of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and of the International Law and Relations Organization, and was a member of the Women's Law Association. During her 1L summer, Sareen will be interning at the Department of Justice in downtown Los Angeles. As a 2L, she is very excited to be a PILF board member as well as a Peer Mentor. Outside of law school, she enjoys traveling, wandering and discovering, singing, and playing guitar and saxophone. Sareen can't wait to meet and welcome the Class of 2018 to the Trojan family! Fight on!

Charles G. Bakaly IV

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Charles (Chase) was born in Pasadena, California and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Southern California, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Law and Society. Following his graduation from USC in May 2012, Chase returned to Washington, D.C. where he had the privilege of working on Capitol Hill as a Staff Assistant for Congressman David Dreier of California. Subsequently, he had the honor of serving as Executive Assistant to former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Ambassador Richard L. Armitage. As a 1L, he was a representative of both the Government Law Organization (GLO) and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). As a 2L, Chase will serve as President of the Government Law Organization. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. During the summer of 2015, Chase will serve as a judicial extern for the Honorable Dale S. Fischer, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Outside of law school, Chase is a student of history and geopolitics, and an avid fan of USC Football and the Los Angeles Lakers. As a proud double Trojan, he looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2018.

Arman Carretta

Undergraduate:University of San Diego

Arman was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He graduated from the University of San Diego in 2014, double majoring in Finance and Business Economics. As an undergraduate, Arman participated as a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity, and studied abroad in Madrid for a semester during his junior year, traveling around Europe and developing his Spanish-speaking skills. Before starting at USC Gould, Arman worked in investor relations for a San Diego biotech company, specializing in genetic sequencing. During his 1L year, Arman served as a 1L representative for the Business Law Society. This summer he will work as a Research Assistant for Professor Klerman, his Civil Procedure professor, and also work as a Law Clerk for a private practice. As a 2L, in addition to being a peer mentor, he will continue to serve the Business Law Society as the Vice President of Finance. In his spare time, Arman loves playing and watching soccer and hopes one day to see the World Cup in person. He can't wait to welcome the class of 2018 to the Trojan Family!

Colton Cray

Undergraduate: University of Arizona

Colton Cray was born and raised in sunny Tucson, Arizona where he remained to attend the University of Arizona. He graduated from the Eller College of Management in 2014 as a quadruple major in Finance, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, and Operations Management with a minor in Global Business. After having spent one summer studying business in India, another semester working part-time as a live stuntman, and his senior year launching a wine company, Colton decided to join his siblings in Los Angeles and attend USC for law school. As a 1L, Colton was a member of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the Business Law Society, and the Federalist Society. This summer, Colton accepted a summer associateship at the downtown Los Angeles office of Skadden Arps. As a 2L, Colton looks forward to serving as Graduate Student Government Senator, PAD President, and VP of Programming for the Federalist Society. When not studying, Colton enjoys playing intramural sports, attending football games, and snowboarding. Colton is thrilled to welcome the class of 2018 to USC! Fight On!

Anna Dewan

Undergraduate: Ohio State University

Anna Dewan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University for undergrad, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. When she wasn't cheering on Ohio State football, she found time to conduct a research project on communism and religion in Poland, intern at the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and serve as the Chief Marketing Officer of her sorority. As a 1L, Anna was an Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) Representative, a member of the Women's Law Association, and she played on a law school intramural soccer team. This summer, she is excited to fulfill her inner Law & Order-lover dreams and intern at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in the Hardcore Gang Unit. As a 2L, in addition to being a peer mentor, Anna will serve as the Chief Marketing Officer of the EVCA. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trivia, and listening to country music. She is looking forward to welcoming the new students into the Trojan family! Fight On!

Erica Dixon

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Erica was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA which fostered her love for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the TV show Entourage, and beach volleyball. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014 with a History major and English minor. While an undergrad, she taught English to 10th and 12th graders and interned with the Philadelphia 76ers and Snoop Dogg's management agency. Having tired of the Philadelphia winters (but not the cheesesteaks), she followed her dream of being a Sports Lawyer and returned home to Los Angeles to attend law school at USC. Off campus, you can find Erica lounging by the pool with a Game of Thrones book, tutoring high school students for the SAT and ACT, and on a never-ending quest for the perfect vacation. This summer, Erica will be interning in the Legal & Business Affairs department at HBO in Santa Monica. As a 2L, in addition to being a Peer Mentor, Erica will be Co-President of the Black Law Students Association. She can't wait to meet the Class of 2018 and hopes that their 1L year will be as awesome as hers was!

Simona Erlikh

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Simona was born in the Israeli desert and grew up in foggy San Francisco, California. Gravitating towards the sun and heavy traffic, she attended UCLA, graduating in 2013 with a double major in English and Psychology. During college, Simona helped plan the JazzReggae Festival at UCLA and studied Shakespeare for a summer in England. After graduating, Simona joined an AmeriCorps program, JusticeCorps, and helped hundreds of self-represented litigants with family law. This summer, Simona will be working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich in the Central District of California. As a 2L, Simona will be a Writing Fellow for the Legal Writing & Advocacy Program and will be Co-President of the Jewish Law Students Association. In her free time, she enjoys eating sushi, hiking, watching anything on Bravo, and bike riding to the beach. Simona is thrilled to be a peer mentor and welcome the newest Trojans to the USC family. Fight on!

Nick Garcia

Undergraduate: UC San Diego

Nick Garcia was born in Southern California and raised in Sacramento. Before he went off to college, Nick performed in over fifty plays and musicals throughout California. He majored in Communication at UC San Diego. After he graduated, he worked at NBC San Diego where he was a writer for the morning news and assistant directed the Emmys. During his 1L year, Nick was a representative for the Entertainment Law Society, a member of Outlaw, and crowned Mr. Gould by the Women's Law Association. This summer, Nick worked as a summer associate at DVS Intelestream, and this year he looks forward to serving as a peer mentor, the Outreach and Communications Chair for the Entertainment Law Society, and the Executive Director of Strategy and Student Affairs for Outlaw. Outside of law school, Nick loves Disneyland, Game of Thrones, tank tops, musicals, college football, and beef jerky. He is a Slytherin. Nick is thrilled to welcome the class of 2018 to the Trojan family. Fight On!

Phil Horlacher

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara

Phil Horlacher Jr was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. He attended UC Santa Barbara as an undergraduate, where he earned a BA in English and minored in History. After graduating in 2014, Phil moved back to Los Angeles and began studying at USC. As a 1L, Phil has been a member of USC Street Law, as well as the Student Services Advisory Committee. Phil was also named "Mr. Congeniality" in the USC Women's Law Association's annual "Mr. Gould" male pageant. This summer, Phil will be an extern for the Honorable Margaret A. Nagle in the Central District of California. In his free time, Phil enjoys middle-distance running, playing piano, drinking tea, Nicolas Cage movies, and cooking (poorly). Phil cannot wait to meet and welcome the incredibly brilliant Class of 2018! Fight on!

Nairi Khachatoorian

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Nairi was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended UCLA and graduated in 2014 with a major in Political Science. One of her most memorable experiences as an undergraduate was studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain, where she met amazing people, ate delicious tapas, and learned how to make the best Sangria. After being a Bruin for four years, she decided to explore the other side of town and has loved every minute of it! In her first year at USC Law, she was a 1L Representative for the Real Estate Law Society, and as a 2L she will be the Internal Vice President. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, hiking, and going to the beach. This summer she will be externing for the Honorable Julia W. Brand at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Nairi can't wait to meet the Class of 2018!

Jamie Kim

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Jamie is a native of Seoul, Korea and a long-time inhabitant of Southern California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. She also likes to claim that she "lived" in Paris, Washington D.C., and China, having either studied abroad or interned in those places. This summer, Jamie will be externing for the Honorable Dolly M. Gee at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. As a 2L, she will be the Internal Vice President for Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Mentor Program Co-Chair for Women's Law Association. In her free time, Jamie enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, playing with her new rescue puppy, and binge-watching episodes of Parks and Recreation. In the future, she wants to be like Leslie Knope and work for a government agency. Welcome, Class of 2018!

Sammy Kim

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

Sammy Kim was born in South Korea and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 2011, after which she joined Teach For America in Richmond, CA. She taught 7th grade life science for three years and graduated with her Master's in Urban Education in 2013. She made her way further down the West Coast to Los Angeles to attend USC for law school. As a 2L, Sammy will serve as the President of Women's Law Association and the Social Chair of APALSA. This summer, Sammy will be working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Thomas B. Dovovan. Sammy looks forward to welcoming the class of 2018 to USC!

Jonathan Kintzele

Undergraduate: UC Santa Barbara

Jonathan was born and raised in San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Professional Writing. While at UCSB, Jonathan played as a Long Stick Midfielder on the school's lacrosse team for each of his four years, and worked in Washington, D.C. his senior year through the U.C.D.C. internship program. He decided to return to Southern California for law school to complete the trifecta of Southern California residency (San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles). Jonathan is a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and acted as 2017 Athletics Chair for the law school, participating in the Outdoor Soccer team's intramural championship win in the Spring of 2015. Jonathan is Co-Social Chair for the law school for the academic year of 2015-2016. This summer, Jonathan will be working as a Summer Associate for the Law Offices of Gerard Fox in Century City, Los Angeles.

Alexander Kirkpatrick

Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder

A Los Angeles native, Alexander (AK) was born and raised in Pasadena, California and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. In Colorado, AK began a radio series called Public Sense, which weaved personal narratives into auto documentaries on political and social justice issues. Interviews of undocumented immigrant-activates conducted through Public Sense served as a platform for AK's senior thesis in political philosophy on theories national belonging, participatory citizenship, and community transformation through immigrant activism. As a 1L, AK was a representative of USC's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). This summer and over his 2L year, he will work with USC's Post-Conviction Justice Project and represent PILF as their next president. In his free time, AK loves to explore LA's diverse cuisine, especially in the SGV (San Gabriel Valley), cook, skateboard, hike, spend time with his family and friends, go to CrossFit (it's not a cult), and volunteer for Pro-Bono opportunities. AK is very excited to welcome the class of 2018 and show them the wonderful opportunities USC and Los Angeles has to offer!

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. This summer, Tim will be an extern for the Honorable John A. Kronstadt in the Central District of California. As a 2L, he will be serving as a Writing Fellow for the Legal Writing & Advocacy Program. 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 2018 to the Gould School of Law!

Trevor Maxim

Undergraduate: University of Miami

Trevor was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He then took his talents to South Beach to attend the University of Miami, where he majored in Motion Pictures and Economics. During his undergraduate career, Trevor wrote several feature-length screenplays, edited UM's student magazine, and interned at talent management and production companies in both Miami and Los Angeles. He completed a summer study abroad program at the London School of Economics after his sophomore year, and had the opportunity to see several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. After graduating from college in 2014, he started law school at USC, getting involved with the Music Law Society and Entertainment Law Society (ELS) during his 1L year. This summer, Trevor will be a legal intern at Magical Elves, a production company in Hollywood that specializes in unscripted television. As a 2L, Trevor will be the Programming Chair for the ELS. He is a lifelong tennis player and fan, and would love to see the day when another American pro can win a grand slam. He is excited to welcome the class of 2018 to USC.

Michael Nordon

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Michael was born and raised in Calabasas, California. He graduated from the school across town in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Film and Television. As a 1L, Michael was involved in SBA, the Entertainment Society, the Jewish Law Students Association, and serves as a BARBRI rep. This summer, Michael will be interning at the L.A. District Attorney's Office. Michael is a die-hard Los Angeles sports fan (Lakers over the Clippers obviously), as well as a committed Raiders fan. He enjoys going to movies and concerts, and hanging out with friends. Michael cannot wait to welcome in the next class of eager 1L USC Law students!

Christina Roberto

Undergraduate: Suffolk University

Christina was born and raised in Burlington, MA, a suburb of Boston. She attended Suffolk University, where she majored in Government and minored in English. After graduating, Christina worked as a nanny and math tutor before achieving her lifelong dream of moving to California for law school. Christina will be working at the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in the Tax Division this summer. As a 2L, Christina will serve as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Real Estate Law Society. Outside of law school, Christina loves cooking, trivia, binge-watching Food Network and HGTV, and attending stand-up comedy shows. Christina can't wait to meet the class of 2018. Fight on!

Felipe Ruiz

Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University

Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay (where futbol became his religion), Felipe moved to LA in 2009 to attend Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television. While at LMU, he produced over 20 projects, including short films, music videos, and a feature film, The Gods of Garbage. Upon completing his degree, Felipe attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, where he decided to learn more about the business-side of entertainment and apply to law school. Prior to joining USC, Felipe worked at various studios and agencies, such as Fox, Warner Bros. Television, Lionsgate, Resolution and McCann Erickson. As a 1L, he served as a 1L representative to the Entertainment Law Society, as well as SBA's Athletics Chair, and as a 2L, he will be serving as the Vice President of the Entertainment Law Society and as SBA's Academic Affairs chair. This summer Felipe will be working at HBO in the Legal Affairs and Labor Relations department and is looking forward to welcoming the class of 2018 to USC.

Faatima Seedat

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Faatima was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but spent her early childhood living in India, Arizona, and Southern California. She attended USC for her undergraduate education and majored in Neuroscience and Global Medicine. During her college career, she was involved with the Volunteer Center and Orientation Programs. She chose to remain at USC to pursue her legal education, because the idea of leaving such a great place simply seemed unthinkable. During her 1L year, Faatima was involved in the Government Law Club and Graduate Student Government. This summer she will be working as an extern at the Federal Bankruptcy Court. As a 2L, she is incredibly excited to work as a Peer Mentor! In her free time, Faatima enjoys watching excessive amounts of reality television and spending magical days at Disneyland overloading on churros! Fight On!

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. As a 1L, Shuchee was a 1L representative of the Public Interest Law Foundation and the South Asian Law Student Association. This summer she will intern 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 will be the Vice President of Development for PILF, a Case Manager for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and President of SALSA. She is excited to welcome the incoming class into the Trojan family. Fight on!

John Stanley

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

John Stanley was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a major in Economics and minor in writing. After college he worked for two years as a Project Manager for Epic Systems in Madison, WI, installing finance and billing software for hospitals. Tired of living in hotel rooms, he cashed in frequent flier miles and bought a one-way ticket to Sydney for a gap year before law school, working on a ranch in rural Australia, stopping off in Thailand, and hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. As a 1L he was on the CSO Student Advisory Board and was section rep for the IP and Tech Law Society and IRAP. As a 2L he will be SBA Faculty Selection Chair, President of the IP and Tech Law Society, and IRAP Policy Director. This summer he will extern for Judge Duane Benton at the Eighth Circuit and Judge Sarah Hays at the Western District of Missouri. He looks forward to catching (more) Trojan football games this fall, bringing home another intramural soccer championship to Gould FC, and meeting all of the incoming 1Ls. Fight on!

Avalee Statner

Undergraduate: University of Washington

Avalee is a Southern California native and grew up in Westlake Village. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. At UW (Go Dawgs!) she was an active member of her sorority, studied abroad in Barcelona, and learned to love the rain. During her first year at USC Law, Avalee served as a 1L rep for the Woman's Law Association. As a 2L, she is looking forward to serving as a Peer Mentorship Co-Chair for WLA and will be a Writing Fellow for the Legal Writing & Advocacy Program. This summer Avalee will be working as an extern for Magistrate Judge Jean Rosenbluth at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Outside of law school, she loves hiking, going to the beach, cooking yummy food, and traveling. Avalee is excited to be a peer mentor and can't wait to welcome the class of 2018 to USC!

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 1L, Adam served on SBA as the chair for the USC vs. UCLA Supreme Court basketball game. Next year Adam will be on the executive boards for the Sports Law Society and the Jewish Law Society, both of which he previously served on as a 1L rep. This summer, Adam will be externing for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in downtown LA. Adam is very excited for his 2L year and cannot wait to meet all of you!

Jennifer Thomas

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Jenn was born and raised in Oradell, a quaint town in New Jersey. She attended Vanderbilt University and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Upon graduation, Jenn returned to New Jersey where she pursued her legal interests by working at a law firm for two years. During her free time, she volunteered on an organic farm, fostered puppies and enjoyed a break from studying. This summer, she will be externing for the Honorable Richard K. Eaton at the U.S. Court of International Trade in Manhattan. As a 2L, she is excited to continue volunteering with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. In addition, Jenn will be the Director of Fundraising for the National Lawyers Guild and the Chief of Design for the Entrepreneur Venture Capital Association. She is an adventure seeker, who loves to hike, see live music, make jewelry and practice yoga. Jenn cannot wait to meet the class of 2018 and is thrilled to welcome them to the USC Trojan Family! Fight On!

Laurie Tomassian

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Laurie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a major in Communications and double minor in Philosophy and French. Her allegiance has since switched over to the Trojan family. This summer Laurie will be externing for the Honorable Randy Rhodes. As a 2L, she will serve as a Pre-Law Advising Intern with the USC Dornsife Office of Advising as well as join the board of the Armenian Law Students Association. Throughout her life Laurie has managed to attend multiple tailgates without ever actually watching a football game. She has high hopes for the future. She is excited to welcome the members of the Class of 2018! Fight On!

Candace Yifru

Undergraduate: Loyola Marymount University

Candace was born and raised in the Bay Area, but after coming to sunny Los Angeles to attend Loyola Marymount University for undergrad, she fell in love with LA and decided not to leave. She graduated from LMU in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. While at LMU, Candace took her love of travel to another level and studied abroad in London, traveled throughout Western Europe and Scandinavia, and even ventured to Tanzania and eventually to Ethiopia, where her father's family is from. In addition to traveling, Candace's interests are many - and quite diverse - she loves food and wine, playing soccer (not watching it), Game of Thrones, and yoga. Candace can't wait to meet her future mentees, as well as the rest of the class of 2018!

2015-16 Transfer Peer Mentors

Sevan Niazi

Undergraduate: Undergraduate: California State University, Northridge

Sevan is a third year law student who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended CSUN where he majored in Political Science. At CSUN he was recruited and served as Head Delegate for the Model United Nations Team. He went on to win several conference awards including Outstanding Delegation Award at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York. At USC law, Sevan has been working to complete his Business Law Certificate. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and films. He is excited about the new transfers and is looking forward to meeting them!

Jacqueline Sparagna

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Jacqueline began her academic career at USC as an undergraduate student in 2009. She studied Business Administration in the Marshall School of Business in addition to playing Volleyball. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in 2012, she took a year off from school to study for the LSAT and apply to law school. As a 2L, Jacqueline served as the SBA's Transfer Representative and as a staff member on the Review of Law and Social Justice (RLSJ). She has recently been elected to serve as next year's SBA Secretary. In addition, she will serve as the Senior Content Editor for the RLSJ. She has spent two summers working in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Upon completion of her law degree, she plans on pursuing the career of a prosecutor as she thoroughly enjoys trial advocacy.

2015-16 Peer Mentor Executive Board

Allison Aguirre

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Allison was born and raised in Chino Hills, CA. A diehard Trojan, she graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a double major in Political Science and Communication. During college, she was involved in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta; USC Orientation Programs; and studied abroad in London, England. As a 1L, she was an active member of the USC Latino Law Students Association (LLSA), PILF, and Street Law. During her 1L summer, she externed for the Orange County District Attorney's Office in the Family Protection Unit. As a 2L, she served as the LLSA Events Chair, was a Southern California Review for Law and Social Justice staff member, and externed for the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office. This summer, Allison was a summer associate at Michelman and Robinson, LLP. As a 3L, she looks forward to serving as Editor-in-Chief of her law journal and is thrilled to welcome all of the 1Ls to the USC Trojan Family! Fight on!

Lee J. Cotton

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Earl Lee Cotton, Jr. (Lee J for short) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate. In college, he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and performed in several shows, including playing attorney Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago" (so technically he's already won a case, right?). He graduated from USC in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Communication with an entertainment emphasis and a minor in Musical Theatre. In the year after graduating, he moved back to Atlanta and worked as hearings coordinator at a real estate law firm. During his 1L summer, Lee J was an extern for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall in the Central District of California. As a 2L, he was on board of the Entertainment Law Society, a staff member on the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, and a legal intern at Twentieth Century Fox. For his 2L summer, Lee J was a summer associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP. During 3L, he will continue his internship at Fox as well as being a notes and submissions editor on his law journal. When not doing things law-related, Lee J enjoys hiking, trips to the beach, attending sporting events to support his Atlanta teams and his Trojans, performing, and watching live theatre. Lee J is thrilled to meet and welcome the members of the Class of 2018! Fight On!

Jacqueline Yaeger

Undergraduate: University of Redlands

Jackie was born and raised in Southern California, and graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature and Government before finally realizing her dream of coming to USC for law school. In college, she was an executive board member of the local Delta Kappa Psi sorority, held various positions in student government, and started KEY to the Cure, a charity organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society. Throughout high school and college, Jackie worked for criminal defense attorney Virginia Blumenthal. After her 1L year, Jackie externed at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, in the Sexually Violent Predators Unit. This past summer, Jackie was a Summer Associate at Best Best & Krieger LLP. When not in the library, you can find Jackie practicing yoga, binging on Netflix documentaries, or cheering on the USC Trojan football team - she's never missed a game. Jackie is beyond excited to welcome Gould's Class of 2018! Fight On!

NEWS & EVENTS

USC Gould and Lateral Link Launch Scholarship

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PILF Recognizes Students, Alums for Pro Bono Work

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Andrew Guzman Named New Dean of USC Gould

Guzman is professor and associate dean of Berkeley Law more