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Peer Support

On the first day of orientation, you will be assigned a peer mentor. Peer mentors are exceptional second-year law students who want to help you have a fun, successful and engaging first year. They provide continuous guidance and support throughout your first year, helping you feel welcomed, connecting you with your new environment and directing you to resources to help you become an integral part of the law school community.

You'll also have access to peer tutors — outstanding upper-division students who have prior experience teaching or mentoring students. Peer tutors host workshops and send weekly tips to you throughout your first year at USC Gould. They also are available for individual or small-group meetings to help with study skills and exam-prep techniques.

Dedicated legal writing fellows provide still further assistance to help you transition from academic writing to legal writing. Each writing fellow is paired with one of the legal writing professors. Fellows attend each writing class, teach proper legal citation form, and provide individual assistance with writing assignments during weekly office hours.

2018-19 First-Year Peer Mentors

Nikita Aneja

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

nikita.aneja.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Nikita (Niki) was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles. She attended the University of California, Davis and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Political Science and Psychology with a Math Emphasis. At UC Davis, Niki served as a peer counselor and worked for Student Housing as a resident advisor for two years. As much as she loved the small town of Davis, she was thrilled to move back to L.A. to attend law school. Throughout her first year at USC Gould, Niki served as a 1L Rep for Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and Women's Law Association (WLA). In her summer after 1L, Niki is working at Panasonic Avionics in Orange County. During her 2L year, Niki will serve as the Vice President of PILF and the Events Chair of WLA. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog, Porky, on long walks around her neighborhood. Niki looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2021 to the Trojan Family. Fight On!

Alexander Blaznik

Undergraduate: University of Miami, Florida

alexander.blaznik.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Alex was born and raised in Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world (though he's only ridden a horse once). He graduated from University of Miami in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Motion Pictures and four minors (don't ask). While an undergraduate, Alex helped found the Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha, a gender-inclusive professional cinematic fraternity, and competed on the UM Ethics Team (like debate team, but everyone is a bit nicer). He also served as a counselor for Camp Kesem, an organization that operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer. Alex finally got tired of all the alligators and snakes in Florida, though, and decided to move to Los Angeles for USC Gould with his girlfriend and their cat.

As a 1L, Alex survived his classes. As a 2L, he looks forward to serving on the board of the Entertainment Law Society. This summer (and the following school year) he is thrilled to be working for the Post-Conviction Justice Project clinic at Gould, representing a variety of parole-eligible inmates. In his free time, Alex enjoys being tormented by his cat, exploring the city with his girlfriend (who graciously puts up with him) and watching obscure horror films. He can't wait to meet the Class of 2021 and welcome them to the Trojan Family!

John Bloodworth

Undergraduate: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

john.bloodworth.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

John "Joey" Bloodworth is from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which is in the "Bootheel" of Missouri. He left Poplar Bluff for the "big city" of Fayetteville, Arkansas where he attended the University of Arkansas for undergrad. He majored in Accounting after defecting from Political Science. During undergrad, Joey interned for Walmart at its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas and for Deloitte's audit practice in St. Louis. After four years, Joey wasn't quite ready to leave the University of Arkansas or stop being a "Hawg", so he decided to be a super-senior. He received his Master's in Accounting in 2017. He had no idea where he wanted to go to for law school, but the sunshine and beaches lured him to USC (along with the stellar academic reputation, of course).

Today, he's incredibly happy with his decision to attend USC (except when he's caught in traffic, truly craving southern food, or in desperate need of "real" sweet tea). He's grown accustomed to life in Los Angeles and even tried eating kale. Joey is looking forward to being a peer mentor, and especially wants to help students who are moving to Los Angeles for the first time. This summer he's working at the Missouri Attorney General's Office in St. Louis.

Jeremy Chai

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University, Ohio

jeremy.chai.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Jeremy was born and raised in Foster City, Calif. He attended Case Western Reserve University and graduated with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in Biomaterials. While at Case, Jeremy worked in a polymeric materials lab, where he researched a certain polyelectrolyte as a replacement for a commercial proton conductor. He also learned (the hard way) the horrors of winter, which gave him enormous empathy for those North of the Wall.

As a 1L, Jeremy learned some law, but more importantly underwent a miraculous culinary revolution in the form of Sunday evening meal prep. Interestingly enough, he has found himself using most of his free time trying to decipher the mysterious realm of bro science to better optimize his time spent in the gym and in the kitchen. While not resisting the onset of the dreaded afternoon nap, he enjoys perusing Rotten Tomatoes for his next cinematic conquest and counting down the days until he can own a dog (Sherbert is the current frontrunner for names).

This summer, he is working as a federal judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Bernal in Riverside. Jeremy is excited to welcome the incoming class!

Christine Cheung

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

christine.cheung.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Christine (Chrissy) is from Mission Viejo, Calif. She enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking, traveling, watching movies, and playing the violin. She loves working out, especially Zumba. Chrissy loves dogs of all kinds and can't wait to adopt one of her own (hopefully a bulldog!).

She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Political Science from UCLA, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. While there, she was elected as the Executive Vice President of the UCLA Panhellenic Board and served as a Peer Learning Facilitator for student athletes.

This summer Chrissy will work for the Constitutional Rights Foundation and as a research assistant for Professor Dan Klerman. Chrissy is very excited to be a peer mentor and can't wait to meet the Class of 2021!

Michael Citrin

Undergraduate: Hunter College, New York

michael.citrin.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Michael was born in Brooklyn, and raised in Queens, New York. In his undergraduate years at Hunter College in Manhattan, he studied, Linguistics, Literature, and Theater. Michael spent much of his time during undergrad hanging in the library, working in the glorious restaurant and retail industries, performing in theater, short films, and occasionally open-mics, (wow, very NY), and exploring the city. Fun Fact: Michael made his grand debut in the restaurant industry working at The International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Feel free to ask him about it! (i.e what is the difference between over-easy, over-medium, and sunny-side-up)

In his year between undergrad and what would become the best year of his life (1L), Michael lived in Vietnam, where he taught English in public schools and tutored privately; ate pho three times a day, sweated a lot and lost 15 pounds. In Vietnam, Michael learned a lot about culture, perception, adaptation, and gratitude. Since he has been in law school, Michael has become involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation and the Legal Aid Alternative Break Organization, he has participated at many Public Interest related clinics on and off of campus, he occasionally plays intramural basketball, and he has made wonderful friends. This summer he will be working at a public defense organization in Richmond, Virginia, through a program called Gideon's Promise.

Michael greatly looks forward to welcoming, meeting, and peer mentoring the incoming class!

Carson Dodd

Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

carson.dodd.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Carson was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, but grew up mostly in Idaho and St. Louis. He graduated from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2017 with a B.S. in Political Science. While in undergrad, he stayed highly involved in politics, serving simultaneously as the VP for the College Democrats and College Republicans and working on several campaigns.

Because USC was his dream school, Carson was eager to enroll in law school straight out of undergrad. During his first year, he served as a 1L Representative for both Legal Aid Alternative Break (LAAB) and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Ever the traveller, Carson attended both LAAB trips to San Diego and New Orleans, learned to ski on the law school's annual Mammoth trip, and met Evan Peters at the Sundance Film Festival with the Entertainment Law Society. Next year, he will serve as the VP for LAAB, VP of Events and Organization for IRAP, and Communications Director for the Entertainment Law Society.

Outside of law school, Carson enjoys hiking the many beautiful trails around Los Angeles, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals, and (when the opportunity arises) paranormal investigating. He looks forward to being a peer mentor and welcoming the class of 2021 to the Trojan Family!

Adriana Erquiaga

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

adriana.erquiaga.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Adriana was born in Riverside but grew up in Bakersfield. She attended the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a major in Political Science and the ability to say she tried every flavor of gelato while studying abroad in Italy. Jumping straight to USC Gould after undergrad, Adriana became a 1L Rep for the Art Law Society. Having determined she was not taking advantage of the beautiful year-round weather, she traded in the library for studying outside in her hammock and hasn't looked back.

This summer she's working as an intern at Rosen Law Group, an entertainment firm in Marina Del Rey. When she's not studying, Adriana loves exploring, playing games, escaping rooms, and fawning over passing dogs. She's very excited to meet the Class of 2021 and welcome them to Trojan Family!

Kelsey Falkenberg

Undergraduate: University of San Diego, California

kelsey.falkenberg.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Kelsey is a true Californian. She was born in Los Angeles but grew up mostly in Lake Tahoe. She traded in the lake for the ocean and headed back down to Southern California for college at the University of San Diego, where she majored in International Relations. Upon graduation in 2015, she worked for a criminal defense firm in San Diego for a year, and then ventured back up north to work at a law firm in San Francisco. After a very rainy, foggy year in the Bay Area, she was ecstatic to return to Southern California for law school at USC Gould.

Outside of law school Kelsey enjoys running, spin classes and pizza, mostly pizza. She dreams of one day having a Golden Retriever to call her own, but as of now she just lives vicariously through cute Instagram's and classmates' puppies. If you have a dog, please don't hesitate to contact her or show her pictures.

Kelsey heads back to San Diego this summer to work for the Honorable William Gallo in the Southern District of California. She is very excited to be a peer mentor and welcome the class of 2021!

Samuel Fein

Undergraduate: University of Miami, Florida

samuel.fein.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Sam was born and raised in New York, just north of the city. Trading in the snow for sun, he decided to study at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Classical Piano Principal. During his time at Miami, Sam was an A&R Director for the student-run record label, 'Cane Records, and an intern for Downtown Music Publishing in New York.

This past year, Sam was a 1L representative for OUTLaw, the Entertainment Law Society, and the Music Law Society and he is looking forward to serving on the executive board of OUTLaw as a 2L. During his 1L summer, Sam will be working as a summer associate at Clintons Solicitors within their music group in Hollywood, California.

During his free time, you can find him at overpriced workout classes, brunching, or bingeing "The West Wing." Sam is so excited to be a Peer Mentor and welcome the class of 2021 to the Trojan Family!

Robina Gallagher

Undergraduate: University of Georgia

robina.gallagher.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Robina was born and raised in Rome, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a major in Political Science and History, as well as a minor in Women's Studies. As an undergraduate, Robina studied abroad at the University of Oxford, and she focused on research projects concerning women in politics and social security disability claims. Robina was also involved with leadership positions in UGA's alternative service break program, student government, and IHSA Equestrian Team.

During her 1L year, Robina was involved with the Women's Law Association, and she served as a 1L representative of the International Law and Relations Organization (ILRO). As a 2L, Robina will serve on the Board of ILRO as well as the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. This summer, Robina is externing for the Honorable William Alsup in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and binge watching "The Office." Robina is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2021 to the Trojan Family!

Anissa Ghafarian

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

anissa.ghafarian.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Anissa was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 years old. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology. And yes... she is still getting used to being a Brojan. As an undergraduate, Anissa worked in three psychology research labs and was Vice President of her Persian Sorority. After graduating, she traveled to eight different countries and worked at Latham & Watkins LLP.

During her first year at USC, she served as the 1L rep for the Business Law Society, International Law & Relations Organization, International Refugee Assistance Project, and Legal Aid Alternative Break. This summer she will be working as an extern for Justice John Segal of the California Court of Appeal. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, trying out new places to eat, and watching the Lakers. She has probably re-watched "Friends" and "The Office" from beginning to end a minimum of four times. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2021 to the wonderful Trojan Family!

Marie Griffith

Undergraduate: University of Southern California, Los Angeles

marie.griffith.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Marie was born and raised in Orange County. She received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Southern California, and double-minored in Psychology and Law as well as Philosophy of Business, Law, and the Professions. During her undergraduate career, Marie worked as a Research Assistant for USC Gould Professor Thomas Lyon in the USC Child Interviewing Lab. Marie served as the 1L Representative for the Real Estate Law Society, and is working at a boutique litigation firm in Orange County for her 1L summer.

Before starting law school, Marie lived and worked in Maui for a year. She loves the beach, reading, and spending time outdoors, but is just as happy Netflixing and ordering food from Postmates. A proud "Double Trojan", Marie can't wait to welcome new and returning Trojans to USC Gould!

Samantha Hay

Undergraduate: Northeastern University

samantha.hay.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Samantha Hay was born and raised in Los Angeles. She left California and moved to Boston to attended Northeastern University where she studied Political Science, Public Policy and Communications. During her undergraduate career, Samantha worked as a paralegal in a law firm and the MA Office of the Attorney General. After graduating in 2014, Samantha worked as a Campaign Finance Analyst at the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.

Samantha served as a 1L Rep for the American Constitutional Society and will serve as the organization's Co-President as a 2L. Samantha is also a member of the Women's Law Association. In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with friends, exploring L.A.'s restaurants and binge-watching "30 Rock."

Tasha Herzfield

Undergraduate: University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado

tasha.herzfeld.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Tasha was born and raised in Orange County. As a So-Cal native, she is addicted to the beach and any water-related activity. Prior to her return to California, she attended the land-locked CU Boulder (SKOOO BUFFS) and graduated with a Psychology and Sociology degree. During undergrad, she studied abroad in Greece and came home with an even bigger love for strong coffee. After graduation, she left Colorado winters behind and moved to Thailand to teach English. She still pretends to know how to speak Thai and Greek when she goes to restaurants.

This past year, Tasha was a 1L representative for the International Law and Relations Organization (ILRO). During her 1L summer she is working as a judicial extern for the Honorable David O'Carter in the Central District of California. She is excited to work as a Peer Tutor and Peer Mentor in this coming year. In her free time she will be racing sailboats, scuba diving, pushing the limit on all you can eat sushi buffets, and trying to pet as many dogs on hikes as humanly possible. Tasha can't wait to welcome the class of 2021!

Matthew Honig

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

matthew.honig.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Matthew was born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from UC Irvine in 2017 with a double major in History and European Studies and a minor in Political Science. As an undergraduate, Matthew completed a thesis on the memory of World War II in modern Germany. Additionally, he worked with underserved youth as part of a research program to develop curriculum for a Masters in Social Work program.

Matthew began law school immediately after graduating from UC Irvine and is working as a Law Clerk for the firm Tyson and Mendes in San Diego this summer. In his free time, Matthew enjoys watching sports and is an avid fan of the Padres and Lakers (and formerly the Chargers). He also loves camping, live music, and bar games. Matthew is excited to meet the Class of 2021 and welcome them into the Trojan Family!

David Javidzad

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

david.javidzad.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

David, born and raised in Los Angeles, always stands firmly by the argument that this is the best place in the world. He graduated with High Distinction Honors from UC Berkeley in 2017, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Rhetoric with a concentration in Public Discourse, along with Phi Beta Kappa honors at graduation. David co-founded the Real Estate Development group at Berkeley, while being involved with the Rhetoric Society and the Daily Californian Newspaper. He then came straight to Gould, which was one of the best choices he has made.

As a 2L, David looks forward to serving as the Co-President of the Jewish Law Students Association.

David loves food-especially new restaurants. He is a devout Seinfeld watcher, comedy fan, and musician. Anyone is invited to a jam session at his garage!

Paulina Knotts

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

paulina.knotts.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Paulina was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She received her B.A. in criminal justice and political science from the University of Delaware in 2014. As an undergrad, she discovered her interest in environmental law, and was an environmental research scholar focusing on disadvantaged communities disproportionately burdened with toxic and polluting cites. After graduating, she spent 14 months teaching in Thailand, a few months teaching in Vietnam, then another eight months traveling in Western Europe and backpacking through Central America.

As a 1L, Paulina is involved with OUTLaw, First Generation Professionals, Environmental and Energy Law Society, and Women's Law Association. She will spend her first summer in the Student Honors Law Clerk Program in the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. In her free time, Paulina enjoys chasing sunsets, riding her motorcycle along the coast, lounging in a hammock at the beach, any water activity, and going to live music shows. She firmly believes choosing USC was one of the best decisions she'll ever make and can't wait to welcome the class of 2021 to show them why!

Casey Mangan

Undergraduate: Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles

casey.mangan.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Casey Mangan grew up in Santa Cruz and graduated from Azusa Pacific University (APU) in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in South Africa and did a fellowship with Polaris, the nation's largest anti-human trafficking organization. After graduating from APU, he spent two years teaching at Inönü University in Malatya, Turkey on a Fulbright grant. Wanting to make the most of his gap year(s), he spent another year teaching both English and Spanish in Salamanca, Spain.

Despite the occasional bouts of reverse culture shock, Casey is very excited to be back in California to study at USC Gould. This summer he will be interning for Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles. As a 2L, he will serve as a Pro Bono Chair for the Public Interest Law Foundation, Treasurer for the Gould Christian Fellowship, and Legal Director for the International Refugee Assistance Project. He hopes to spend his career in Immigration Law-specifically working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, and human trafficking victims. When he's not at the law school, you can usually find him rock climbing, hiking, or cooking.

Meghan McBerry

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

meghan.mcberry.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Meghan was born and raised in San Jose. She attended UC Berkeley where she received a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Spanish. She spent six months studying abroad in Barcelona. She took a year off before law school to work as a legal secretary at a firm in San Francisco. She finally left the Bay Area to come study at Gould, where she served as a 1L rep for CrimLaw Society.

This summer she is back in San Francisco doing a judicial externship at the U.S. District Court for the Honorable Elizabeth Laporte. In her free time, Meghan enjoys hanging out with her friends in more ~lively~ settings than the second floor of the library. She also enjoys Snapchatting her every move and pretending that people really need a 46th photo of the view from her roof. She can't wait to welcome the new squad of 1Ls! Go Bears! Fight On!

Brennan Meier

Undergraduate: Macalester College

brennan.meier.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Brennan grew up in a small town in Southeastern Minnesota and moved to the Twin Cities to attend Macalester College. At Mac, he majored in Political Science and minored in Hispanic Studies in addition to studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. Following graduation, Brennan worked for four years in state politics, most recently for the Minnesota Senate as a legislative assistant. Tired of the cold weather, he moved to California and has sent a snap-chat of the beach to his family back home every time they got snow.

He chose to attend USC due to its supportive community and accessible professors. In his 2L year, Brennan will be the OUTLaw Chair, as well as serve as the Community Service Chair for Student Bar Association (SBA). He looks forward to developing a stronger civic engagement culture at USC and building community among LGBTQ law students.

Ryan Montag

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

ryan.montag.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Ryan grew up in Santa Barbara. He graduated from USC's Thornton School of Music in 2017 with a major in Music Industry and minor in Business Law. As an undergrad, Ryan was an avid music producer who worked in reggae, hip-hop, and electronic music. He also fell in love with the entertainment industry while working in the synchronization licensing department at BMG.

Ryan was excited to return to USC for law school as a Double Trojan. At Gould, he has served as the Student Bar Association's 1L representative for sections F-J and will continue to represent the student body through the 2018-19 school year as the 2L Vice President.

Ryan's interests outside of school include writing music, eating hot sauce (ask him for suggestions), and watching more hockey than is healthy. Class of 2021, welcome to the Trojan family and Fight On!

Tara Moossaian

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara

tara.moossaian.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Tara was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and completed an honors thesis about spatial cognition in virtual reality.

As a 2L Tara will serve as the Vice President of Armenian Law Student Association. She is working for a probate judge in Los Angeles this summer.

In her free time, Tara enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to brunch, and planning her next vacation.

Welcome to the Trojan Family!

Michael Procopio

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

michael.procopio.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Michael is from El Segundo, Calif. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. As an undergraduate, Michael was an NCAA Track & Field athlete and served as the Social Chair of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In his three years between college and law school, Michael worked for the Department of Defense and a defense contractor.

As a 2L, Michael is excited to serve as one of the Social Chairs of the USC Gould Student Bar Association. In his free time, Michael enjoys all things sports, plays chess and Settlers of Catan, and binge-watches "The Office." He can't wait to meet the newest members of the Trojan Family! Fight on!

Jalen Russell

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

jalen.russell.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Jalen was born in Philly, but grew up in a suburb about an hour west of the newly crowned sports capital of the country. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a double major in Media Studies and Sociology and a minor in African American Studies. Throughout his time at UVA, he wrote articles and produced a sports-themed web-series for one of the school's newspapers, while also serving as the secretary for his co-ed honor fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi.

Jalen decided to take a chance and move across the country for law school and he couldn't be happier with his decision. He served as a 1L representative for the Black Law Students Association, the Sports Law Society, and the Law Students for Better Health. As a 2L, he will be the vice president of the Black Law Students Association.

When he has free time, Jalen can usually be found playing sports, hanging out with friends, or generally enjoying life. He's looking forward to all of the great things to come next year including welcoming the incoming class of 2021 to the Trojan family!

Eva Schifini

Undergraduate: Occidental College

eva.schifini.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Eva grew up in Las Vegas. She earned a B.A. in economics at Occidental College (Oxy) with a double-minor in mathematics and public health. At Oxy, Eva fell in love with Los Angeles, and hopes to make this incredible city her forever home.

During undergrad, Eva gained a lot of teaching experience. She worked for the economics department as a tutor and teaching assistant for two econometrics course. Additionally, she taught health education in public schools for a nonprofit called Peer Health Exchange. In 2017, Eva was the only female to complete an honor thesis in economics. Her work examined the link between the minimum wage and chronic disease in California. Eva hopes to carry on her passion for research and economics into a career creating health law and policy.

In her spare time, Eva works as a group fitness and pilates trainer at various studios around the greater Los Angeles area. Reach out to her for a great workout or any Las Vegas travel recommendations.

Allison Skager

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

allison.skager.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Allison is a Los Angeles native and a second-generation 'Valley girl.' She braved the distance to attend UCLA, where she survived a flood and briefly conned her way onto the sailing team. After graduating in 2015 with an English major and French minor, she helped run the UCLA-headquarters for the Special Olympics World Games. Next, she worked as a teacher in Los Angeles and Seoul for a year and a half.

During her first year in law school, she made time every week to spend time with loved ones, torture herself in hot yoga, and binge on KBBQ (Korean barbecue). This summer, she is working as a federal judicial extern at the First Street federal courthouse in downtown L.A. Allison had an incredibly rewarding 1L experience, entirely thanks to the USC Gould community, and she looks forward to sharing this with the Class of 2021.

Desiree Sulzmann

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

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Desiree Sulzmann was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with honors as a Political Science major after transferring from Santa Barbara City College, where she graduated valedictorian with four associates degrees. At Berkeley, she participated in the "100-strong" mentorship program with a mission to combat the lack of female leadership in society; and wrote her senior thesis on higher education programs in correctional facilities. Desiree formerly worked as a stagehand in Chicago, as well as for the Prison University Project in San Quentin; currently serves as a member of Gavin Newsom's criminal justice policy platform committee. She is spending her 1L Summer working for the State's Attorney's criminal appeals division in Cook County, IL.

As a first-generation high school graduate on her father's side and a first-generation college graduate on mother's side, Desiree is a proud member of Gould's First Generation Professionals Program, as well as a 1L representative for the Public Interest Law Foundation, and will continue onto PILF's executive board as co-events chair during her 2L year. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys cooking, weightlifting, and volunteering at pro-bono clinics. Desiree is a 2018 PILF Summer Grant recipient and is passionate about pursuing a career in public interest work.

Jennifer Wilson

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

jennifer.wilson.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Jennifer Wilson is a Bay Area native. She graduated from University of California, Davis and earned a Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Communication. As an undergraduate, she ate copious amounts of frozen yogurt, was the vice president of Pre-Law Association, and an active member of IGNITE: Political Power for Womxn and Black Pre-Law Association. Her favorite memory from UC Davis, aside from eating at sushi buffets, was being a writing tutor at UC Davis' Student Academic Success Center. Her passion for writing is what inspired her to go to law school after fiercely advocating for clients in Legal Writing and shadowing a prosecutor for an Investigative Journalism course.

At USC Gould, she is the co-president of Womxn of Color Collective, the co-academic chair for Black Law Student Association, and is part of Entertainment Law Society. Outside of class, Jennifer enjoys going on food tours in different cities, attending concerts, songwriting, and playing volleyball on the beach. She is super excited to be a Peer Mentor this year and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2021. Fight on!

Charles Winkler

Undergraduate: West Virginia University

charles.winkler.2020@lawmail.usc.edu

Chip was raised in Charleston, West Virginia and attended West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. At WVU, he served as a peer mentor for three years and is confident that this experience has prepared him adequately for his debut in the big league. Chip also spent a summer working in London, England as a finance intern for a non-profit organization where he was able to combine two of his biggest passions: sports and business.

Here at Gould, Chip will serve on the Executive Boards of both the Sports Law Society, as treasurer, and the Student Bar Association, as a social chair. Chip is also a member of the USC Supreme Court Basketball team.

In his free time, Chip enjoys working out and playing basketball, neurotically obsessing over West Virginia athletics, and exploring sunny Los Angeles. Class of 2021, welcome to the Trojan Family! Fight On!

2018-19 Peer Mentor Executive Board

David Balderston

Undergraduate: California State University, Sacramento

david.balderston.2019@lawmail.usc.edu

David was born and raised in Oakland, Calif. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2015, with a BA in Government. As an undergraduate, David served as a Professor's Assistant where he taught a government adjunct class and worked as a clerk for California's Assembly Chief Clerk. Upon graduating, he continued to work in the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk and later worked for the City of Oakland, teaching sports and life skills to children.

This summer he is serving as an assistant to Peter Riley, a business manager in the entertainment industry. He will also serve as a research assistant for Professor Tom Griffith, where he will help update the new Taxation Examples and Explanations. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and fishing, spending time with family, and watching "Westworld." He is excited to welcome the class of 2021 to the Trojan Family!

Justin Mello

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

justin.mello.2019@lawmail.usc.edu

Justin was born and raised in Long Beach. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated in 2015 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. While at UCLA, Justin enjoyed spending a quarter in Washington, D.C., interning for the American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. He also contributed to several student organizations, particularly the American Sign Language Club (even though he does not know sign language), and completed his honors thesis on California Capital Punishment. After spending a year working at a grocery store, Justin enrolled at USC Gould.

During his 1L year, Justin externed for the Honorable Jean P. Rosenbluth in downtown Los Angeles and worked part-time as a research assistant for Professor Abby K. Wood. As a 2L, in addition to being a peer mentor, Justin continued as a research assistant for Professor Wood, served as a teaching assistant for several LLM constitutional law courses, and worked as a staff member for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal. This summer, Justin joins Snell & Wilmer's Orange County office as a summer associate.

In his free time, Justin enjoys everything sports, despite his absolute dearth of anything resembling athletic ability. He is an avid follower of Angels baseball, Rams football, Ducks hockey, and Lakers basketball. Aside from sports, Justin loves camping, cooking, and binge-watching all things nerdy. Justin can't wait to meet and welcome the Class of 2021 to the Trojan family! Fight On!

Prabhjyot Singh

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

prabhjyot.singh.2019@lawmail.usc.edu

Prab was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a true L.A. native who loves pressed juices, hikes with a scenic view and Sundays at brunch. Prior to joining USC Gould, she attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in English in 2015. Upon graduation, she worked for a small start-up fashion magazine as a content editor.

During her 2L year, Prab participated as co-president of the Women's Law Association, events chair of the Health Law Society and as a staffer for the Southern California Law Review, for which she will return as Senior Submissions Editor during her 3L year. During her 2L summer, Prab is working as a summer associate in DTLA at Morrison & Foerster. In her (limited) free time, Prab enjoys exploring L.A., taking work-out classes, talking about her feisty Shih-Tzu and aimlessly browsing Instagram. She is very excited to welcome the Class of 2021 to the Trojan family!

2018-19 Peer Tutors

Tasha Herzfeld (Sections A-E)

Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder

Tasha grew up in Orange County, Calif. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 with a major in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating, she spent a year teaching English in Thailand and developed an addiction to Thai food. After returning to the U.S., she worked in an IP litigation firm and raced sailboats as much as possible. She worked as a federal judicial extern during her 1L summer for the Honorable David O. Carter in Orange County. Outside of law school, she enjoys traveling, petting every dog she sees, sailing, scuba diving, and trying trendy workout classes that kill her. She is so excited to welcome the class of 2021

Sarah Jo Marson (Sections F-J)

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

Sarah Jo Marson was born on the East Coast and raised in Los Angeles. Before college, she performed as a professional ballet dancer with various companies. She attended Vanderbilt University where she studied Biological Sciences before transferring to USC and graduating with an interdisciplinary major (a proud Double Trojan). During her 1L summer, she is working at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, which provides legal assistance for low income victims of domestic violence in divorce and custody cases. Outside of law school, she enjoys watching as much television as possible. She cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2021 to USC!

Daniel Brovman (Sections K-O)

Undergraduate: Columbia University

Daniel was born and raised in and around New York City with a brief stint in London. He attended Columbia University, where he studied History and Political Science. During his 1L summer, Daniel worked at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He then traded in the concrete jungle for the city of angels, and during his 2L summer, worked as a summer associate for the Los Angeles firm O'Melveny & Myers. On campus, he's involved with the Law Review, serving as its Executive Postscript Editor, the Jewish Law Students Association, the American Constitution Society, and OUTLaw. Outside of law school, he likes running (he ran his first marathon during 2L but would not recommend willingly running 26 miles), cooking, and exploring his new home, Los Angeles. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

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