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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.

2021-22 First-Year Peer Mentors

Dolapo Adeniji

Dolapo Adeniji

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

adedolapo.adeniji.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Dolapo is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dolapo spent several years working in D.C. and now calls California home after driving across the country to get there. Having completed one year of law school, Dolapo is looking forward to not only being a Peer Mentor but also being on the executive board for the Black Law Students Association and OUTLaw.

When not buried in law school books, Dolapo enjoys cooking, finding new music, and getting lost in nature.

Celine Ang

Celine Ang

Undergraduate: University of Richmond

celine.ang.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Celine Ang was raised in the Los Angeles area and attended the University of Richmond (UR), where she double-majored in International Studies and French. While at UR, she was part of the dance company, working with professional choreographers and performing modern and contemporary pieces. Celine also studied abroad in Morocco and France. After graduation, she returned to Morocco to teach English at a university for a year before working as a business immigration paralegal.

In her first year of law school, Celine was involved in the Womxn of Color Collective, Gould Art Law Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and International Refugee Assistance Project. She is also a part of the Honors Scholars Program. This summer, Celine will be working at Haynes and Boone in Washington, D.C.

Outside of school, Celine loves going to concerts and traveling. She is excited to welcome the class of 2024 and looks forward to getting to know the newest Trojans!

Steph Argent

Steph Argent

Undergraduate: California State University, Long Beach

stephanie.argent.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Steph was born and raised in Dana Point, California. She attended California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where she studied Political Science and International Economics. During her time at CSULB, she was actively involved in her sorority, student government, community service, and founded Donations for Citations, a program on campus aimed at alleviating food insecurity and parking concerns.

Prior to attending Gould, Steph worked at a prosecutorial office and Madewell before the pandemic hit and then spent her time playing animal crossing and baking.

Steph was 1L representative for the Women's Law Association and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Next year she will be serving as Co-President of the Women’s Law Association, Legal Director for IRAP, and Events Chair for PILF. This summer, she is excited to be working at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

When not studying, Steph enjoys yoga, hiking, performing, finding adventure, and talking about film. She cannot wait to get to know her mentees and the whole 2024 class. See you in the fall!

Lauren Au

Lauren Au

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

lauren.au.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Laurel grew up in Manhattan Beach, California. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Law from USC and spent a year of undergrad studying at the London School of Economics. Before law school, Laurel was a yoga teacher in Bali.

During her 1L year, Laurel was the 1L Representative for the Legal Technology Association, the Faculty Chair of Philosophy Society, and a member of the Women’s Law Society. Following 1L, Laurel worked at the Office of Chief Counsel of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce and P Miller Legal Services, an international arbitration firm.

In her free time, Laurel loves to make art, surf, and add stamps to her passport. She is looking forward to being back on campus and meeting the incoming 1L class!

Jacob Axelrad

Jacob Axelrad

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

jacob.axelrad.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Jacob grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a degree in English. After graduating, he worked for a newspaper in Boston, taught high-school English in L.A., then taught overseas in Malaysia and China before heading back to L.A. to start law school.

This summer, Jacob will be an extern for the Hon. Philip Gutierrez in the Central District of California. As a 2L, he is excited to be a peer mentor, serve on the boards of the Criminal Law Society, Street Law, and the American Constitution Society, and be a part of the Mediation Clinic. Jacob likes reading, hiking, traveling, and hanging out with his friends.

Laurel Behrens

Laurel Behrens

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

laurel.behrens.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Laurel grew up in Manhattan Beach, California. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Law from USC and spent a year of undergrad studying at the London School of Economics. Before law school, Laurel was a yoga teacher in Bali.

During her 1L year, Laurel was the 1L Representative for the Legal Technology Association, the Faculty Chair of Philosophy Society, and a member of the Women’s Law Society. Following 1L, Laurel worked at the Office of Chief Counsel of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce and P Miller Legal Services, an international arbitration firm.

In her free time, Laurel loves to make art, surf, and add stamps to her passport. She is looking forward to being back on campus and meeting the incoming 1L class!

Ami Bhakta

Ami Bhakta

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

ami.bhakta.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Ami is from Cypress, California. She graduated from UC San Diego in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her undergraduate years, she was involved with various on-campus resource centers and student government.

At Gould, Ami wants to continue being a resource for other students. She was a 1L Representative for Health Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta. This upcoming year, she will be on the executive boards of Health Law Society, Cannabis Law Society, and Womxn of Color Collective. This summer, she is working as a Legal Intern for the Transportation Security Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She is also a Teaching Assistant for the Regulatory Compliance classes in the MSL program.

Ami is super excited to be a Peer Mentor and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2024! Welcome to the Trojan family!

Alexa Burkow

Alexa Burkow

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

alexa.burkow.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Alexa Burkow grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from USC (wahoo double trojan) in 2019 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Public Relations. During her time at USC, she worked at CNN, NBC, FOX, and Showtime.

Prior to attending Gould, Alexa worked as a law clerk at Stuart House, a partnership between the Sex Crimes Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the UCLA-Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center.

As a 1L, Alexa was a 1L representative for the Entertainment Law Society, Jewish Law Student Association, and the Criminal Law Society. During her 1L summer, she is excited to work as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert E. Gordon for the Illinois Appellate Court First District.

As a 2L, Alexa is looking forward to being the vice president of the 2L class, president of the Jewish Law Student Association, and events chair of the Entertainment Law Society.

In her free time, Alexa loves finding new restaurants, watching Tom Brady try to get another super bowl ring, hiking, and hanging out with friends. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to the Trojan Family!

Colleen Busby

Colleen Busby

Undergraduate: Fresno State

colleen.busby.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Colleen was born and raised in Visalia, CA. As a proud San Joaquin Valley native, Colleen graduated summa cum laude from Fresno State in 2020 with a degree in Political Science, and minors in History and Economics. As an undergraduate, Colleen held an internship with both the Fresno County District Attorney’s office and the Public Defender’s office and was a member of the Fresno State Mock Trial team.

During her first year at USC Gould, Colleen was a 1L representative for the Criminal Law Society and was a member of the First-Generation Professionals (FGP) and the Stanley and Ilene Gold Honors Scholars Program. As a 2L, Colleen will be the President of the Criminal Law Society and will be a part of the Post-Conviction Justice Project clinic.

In her free time, Colleen enjoys cooking, playing tennis, and rooting for the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at football games!

Angela Chuang

Angela Chuang

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

angela.chuang.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Angela was born and raised in Orange County, CA. During her first year of undergrad, Angela attended the George Washington University but decided to come home and transfer to USC for her sophomore year. She graduated from USC in 2020 with a major in Political Science and a minor in American Studies and Ethnicity. During her undergrad, she interned for the Orange County Alternate Public Defender Office and the Los Angeles District Attorney Hate Crimes Unit.

As a 1L, Angela was a Student Bar Association (SBA) 1L GSG Senator and a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC), American Constitution Society (ACS), and National Lawyers Guild (NLG). She is excited to work for the Post-Conviction Justice Project this summer. As a 2L, Angela will serve as SBA Co-Academic Affairs Chair, APALSA Co-Internal Vice-President, OUTLAW Treasurer, National Lawyers Guild Treasurer, and Phi Alpha Delta Fundraising Chair. 

Outside of school, Angela enjoys thrifting, baking, eating, listening to true crime podcasts, and taking care of her houseplants. Angela is looking forward to meeting the Class of 2024. Fight on!

Nicole de la Montanya

Nicole de la Montanya

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

nicole.delamontanya.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Nicole was born and raised in the East Bay Area, but she calls Las Vegas home since her family moved there. She graduated from The University of Michigan in 2019 with a degree in English Language and Literature. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Nicole worked at a criminal defense firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was fortunate to spend two semesters abroad in Dublin, Ireland.

This past year, Nicole was a 1L representative for Family Law Society and Criminal Law Society. During her 1L summer, she is working as an intern at Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. As a 2L, Nicole is excited to be the president of the Family Law Society and to work in USC’s Mediation Clinic.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys writing, hiking, and binging a variety of vampire television shows. She had a great experience with her peer mentors, and she can’t wait to pay it forward to the incoming Class of 2024!

Maggi Driscoll

Maggi Driscoll

Undergraduate: University of Colorado

mary.driscoll.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Maggi grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 2019 with a degree in Journalism and a degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, Maggi worked for the Colorado State Senate and the Governor of New Jersey, as well as interning abroad for a public relations firm in Berlin, Germany.

This past year, Maggi was a 1L representative for OUTLaw. During her 1L summer, she is working for USC's Athletic Compliance Department. As a 2L, Maggi is excited to be an executive board member for the Sports Law Society.

In her free time, Maggi enjoys cooking, hanging out with her dogs, and traveling. She is looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 to the Trojan family!

Sophia Isabel Dueñas

Sophia Isabel Dueñas

Undergraduate: New York University

sophia.duenas.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Sophia was born and raised in Miami and graduated from NYU in 2020 (from her living room, unfortunately) with an individualized major that she named "Who Cares? The Powers, Meanings, and Implications of Art." Throughout undergrad, Sophia was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and worked at various art institutions in the city such as Pace Gallery, Christie's Auctions, and David Zwirner Gallery.


Sophia decided she wanted to shift the trajectory of her career and learn how to protect the intellectual property of artists, and that's how she ended up at Gould! As a 1L, she served as a representative for the Gould Art Law Society, the Womxn of Color Collective, and StreetLaw. Sophia is excited to be working in the Immigration Clinic this summer and into next year, as well as serving as the treasurer of the Gould Art Law Society and, of course, being a Peer Mentor!


Outside of school, Sophia enjoys thrifting, antiquing, hiking, and eating a lot of food with friends. She’s so excited to help the incoming 1Ls navigate this new chapter of their lives!

Emmanuel Hamidi

Emmanuel Hamidi

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

emmanuel.hamidi.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Emmanuel (or, as friends and family call him, Emman) Hamidi, grew up in San Clemente, California. He double-majored in Rhetoric and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). His most rewarding academic experiences at UC Berkeley include studying abroad in Madrid, assisting a professor in researching topics surrounding art and law, and writing a thesis on disputes over the role of art in gentrification. In addition to his studies, he also worked as a Bystander Intervention Peer Educator and as a Resident Advisor.

After graduating, he returned to his hometown and worked for a local family law firm. Highlights from the rest of the year include (pre-pandemic) traveling abroad (Ireland, England, Denmark, and Spain), officiating his sister’s wedding, and committing to USC Gould School of Law.

Though his 1L experience was entirely virtual during an “unprecedented time,” the efforts made by his professors and the connections formed with his peers made him feel that he was fully part of the law school community. As a member of several student organizations, he regularly attended fantastic virtual programs and activities throughout the year. He spent his free time this year hiking, meditating, and working through a long list of movies, tv shows, and music that others recommended to him. This summer, he looks forward to working as a Research Assistant at the Law Library, taking summer courses, and spending quality time with his family.

Emmanuel is beyond excited to be a peer mentor! He is looking forward to supporting his mentees throughout the 1L experience and welcoming the entire class of 2024 to the Trojan family. Fight on!

Marlena Hanna

Marlena Hanna

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania

marlena.hanna.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Marlena grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in health and societies, concentrating on health care markets and finance. After graduating, she moved to London where she worked on a refugee project at a nonprofit. In the two years before law school, she worked as a business analyst at a large law firm in New York.

As 1L, Marlena was a 1L representative for the International Law and Relations Organization and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). In her free time, Marlena loves traveling, hiking, trying new restaurants, and finding new coffee shops. She is excited to be a peer mentor and cannot wait to meet the incoming class!

J. Zach Hollo

J. Zach Hollo

Undergraduate: Northwestern University in Qatar

james.hollo.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

J. Zach Hollo grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Northwestern University’s branch campus in Doha, Qatar, where he majored in journalism and minored in Middle Eastern studies. After undergrad, Zach taught English in China for two years. He then studied in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar, where he earned a master’s degree in international affairs. During his 1L year, Zach was involved with the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society, and the Chinese Law Student Alumni Association (CLSAA). He looks forward to serving on the executive board for PILF, IRAP, and CLSAA. This summer, he will intern at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, climbing, and studying Mandarin. He looks forward to meeting his peer mentees.

Summer Khatib

Summer Khatib

Undergraduate: Chapman University

summer.khatib.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Summer was born and raised in Laguna Niguel, CA. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Chapman University where she double majored in Philosophy and Sociology. During her time at Chapman, she was Academic Chair of her sorority, Director of Elections in Student Government, Brotherhood Chair of the Pre-Law Fraternity, a Tour Guide at the Office of Admissions, and played on the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Team (Paws Up!). Summer also coached lacrosse at her local high school and club teams while she was a student at Chapman.

The youngest in her class, Summer excitedly committed to Gould at 19! After graduating early and accumulating legal experience outside of school, she saw herself thriving in the legal profession. As a 1L, Summer was the 1L representative for MENALSA, SBA SAAC, StreetLaw, and Sports Law Society. This summer, she is excited to work for a small civil litigation firm on the outskirts of Los Angeles!

Outside of law school, Summer enjoys playing lacrosse and hockey, playing with her German shepherds (Hagrid & Zeus), and spending as much time as she can on the beach in Laguna! She is excited to share her experiences with the incoming 1L class, and cannot wait to meet them. Congratulations and see you in the fall, Class of 2024!

Shawn Kim

Shawn Kim

Undergraduate: University of Southern California

shawn.kim.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Shawn Kim grew up in Pleasanton, California, and graduated from USC in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Philosophy, Politics, and Law and a minor in Forensics and Criminality. During her undergraduate years, she was a peer mentor for Asian Pacific American Student Services, Associate Assistant Director of Special Events for the Academic Culture Assembly, and a teaching assistant for the Joint Educational Project. She was also part of Phi Alpha Delta. Over the summer, she worked as a legal fellow in Madrid, Spain where she discovered her passion for law and fell in love with Europe.

During her 1L year, Shawn was a 1L Representative for several organizations including OUTLaw. She is excited to continue her involvement this upcoming academic year as the co-president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, president of PAD, Academic Affairs Chair for the Student Bar Association, and Internal Events Chair for OUTLaw. For her 1L summer, Shawn is going to be working for the district attorney’s office.

Outside of school, Shawn likes to bake, swim, and read short stories. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and bar hopping.

Shawn is extremely excited to meet the incoming 1L class and can’t wait to welcome them in the fall!

Corey Larez

Corey Larez

Undergraduate: Arizona State University

corey.larez.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Corey was born and raised in Corona, Calif., and graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. 

During undergrad, he had the honor of interning for the late Senator John McCain in his final U.S. Senate campaign, was a research assistant, and studied abroad in London, England, at CAPA Global Education.

Following graduation, Corey worked at a national law firm in Los Angeles as a practice clerk working primarily on appellate matters. Afterward, Corey was a project assistant at an international law firm working with securities class action recoveries.

This past year, Corey was a 1L section representative for OUTLaw and a member of First-Generation Professionals. He moved to the beautiful city of Los Angeles and could not be more pleased to be there.

Corey plans to work for the People's Justice Project during his 1L summer.

Going into the 2L year, Corey is looking forward to being the External Events Chair of OUTLaw, starting a mentorship program at his high school alma mater, and especially being a peer mentor!

He is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to USC Gould and looks forward to a year full of unforgettable moments. Fight on!

Jeremy Lawrence

Jeremy Lawrence

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara

jeremy.lawrence.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Jeremy was raised in Castro Valley, Calif., and still loves the Bay Area. Jeremy attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he majored in Philosophy. During the summers in college, Jeremy led an outdoor youth summer camp and the local little league snack bar.

After graduating, Jeremy was an in-court trial presentation technician for the Securities and Exchange Commission and has worked trials with S.E.C teams in Atlanta, D.C., Texas, Indiana, Miami, and San Francisco. He also worked as a paralegal in Family Law, Employment, Civil Insurance Defense, and Asbestos law.

This year, Jeremy did zoom school of law from DTLA. He was active in the Gould Philosophy Society and the Center for Law & Social Science panels. During 2L, he is excited to be on campus and meet his classmates in person. During his 1L summer, Jeremy will be working in the Mountain View office of Fenwick & West LLP.

With his downtime, Jeremy enjoys photography, live music, urban exploration, and snowboarding. He looks forward to welcoming and being a resource for the incoming Class of 2024. Fight on!

Chris LoCascio

Chris LoCascio

Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside

christopher.locascio.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Chris grew up in Corona, Calif., and graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in Political Science and English. As an undergrad, Chris served as editor-in-chief of the Highlander student newspaper, KUCR radio host, peer educator, and student commencement speaker. He spent his final year of undergrad interning at a Washington, DC public policy organization and studying abroad in Spain and Italy.

When tuition skyrocketed at the UC, Chris founded Fix UC, a student group that developed a new model for funding higher education and was featured in national media including CNN, NPR, Time, and more. Before coming to Gould, Chris started a nonprofit to fight student debt and joined county government as an analyst.

As a 1L, Chris served as a USC Graduate Student Government senator. He will continue his involvement this year as 2L class president, pro bono co-chair of the Barbara F. Bice Public Interest Law Foundation, and legal writing fellow. He spent his 1L summer as a judicial extern for Judge Ronald S.W. Lew of the US District Court, Central District of California.

When not studying, Chris enjoys singing and playing guitar in his band, listening to vinyl records, watching the Lakers and Angels, and traveling to national parks. He cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2024 to the Gould family!

Jacob Mindel

Jacob Mindel

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison

jacob.mindel.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Jake grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in both marketing and real estate and land urban economics. Throughout his undergraduate experience, Jake worked as a personal trainer for the school’s gym. He took a year off before law school to work for the Charlotte Hornets in their basketball operations department.

This past year, Jake was a 1L representative for the Sports Law Society, Real Estate Law Society, Family Law Society, and Street Law Society. Jake was also an Events Chair in SBA. During his 1L summer, Jake is working as a law clerk at Athlaw LLP. As a 2L, Jake is excited to be the president for the Sports Law Society, the vice president for the Real Estate Law Society, and Social Chair for SBA.

In his free time, Jake enjoys pick-up basketball, weightlifting, and hanging out with friends. Jake is looking forward to meeting the new class of USC Gould law students! Fight on!

Raquel Orellana

Raquel Orellana

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

raquel.orellana.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Raquel hails from a little community right in the middle of LA and San Diego County called Ladera Ranch. She made the arduous 2 hour drive north and obtained her B.A. in English at UCLA {#Brojans} in 2019. Afterward, she had the opportunity to work as a Records and Files Clerk at Rutan and Tucker, LLC until the pandemic hit.

Raquel then came to USC where, in addition to surviving zoom school, she was involved as a 1L representative for the Latino Law Students Association and the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society. She is thankful and incredibly eager to be on the board for both this coming year as Events Chair and Blog Development Chair respectively. For her 1L summer, Raquel is excited to be externing for the Honorable Judge Nancy Ramirez.

In her personal (albeit limited) free time Raquel loves a good cup of tea, reading, geeking out over Disney, and playing mad scientist in the kitchen. Raquel is looking forward to welcoming the new 1Ls into the Trojan Family and figuring out the campus together. Fight On!

Kosha Patel

Kosha Patel

Undergraduate: University of California San Diego

kosha.patel.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Kosha is from Corona, CA, and graduated from UCSD in 2019, where she majored in International Studies- Political Science and minored in Business. As an undergrad, Kosha volunteered with JusticeCorps, worked as a legal assistant, served on the Executive Board of Alpha Chi Omega, was a member of a competitive Indian dance team, and spent a summer studying abroad. After graduation, she worked as a healthcare consultant in San Francisco for a year.

While at Gould, Kosha was a 1L Representative for the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), International Refugee Assistance Project, and South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA). She especially enjoyed helping to create a comprehensive Covid-19 housing policy brochure with NLG. As a 2L, Kosha is excited to serve as Treasurer for SALSA, Events Chair for the Business Law Society, Internal Academic Events Chair for the Womxn of Color Collective, and Clinics Chair for NLG. This summer, she will be externing for the Hon. Stephen V. Wilson in the Central District of CA. 

Outside of law school, Kosha loves to hike, visit art museums, rock climb, make pottery, and check out LA's restaurants. She is so excited to be a Peer Mentor and to welcome the Class of 2024 to Gould! Fight on! 

Ravina Patel

Ravina Patel

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

ravina.patel.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Ravina was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from UC Davis in 2019 with a degree in Comparative Literature and minors in Spanish and History. As an undergrad, she was involved in Her Campus at UC Davis, Homeless Outreach through Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E.), and worked at the campus library. After graduating, she worked as a receptionist at a law firm specializing in wills, trusts, and estates.

At Gould, Ravina was a 1L representative for the South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) and will serve as the president this year. She will also be Vice President of Internal Affairs of the American Constitution Society (ACS). During her 1L summer, she will be a law clerk at Bet Tzedek.

In her free time, she loves to read, bake, and listen to cast recordings of Broadway musicals. She is so excited to be a peer mentor and support the Class of 2024!

Danielle Richardson

Danielle Richardson

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

danielle.richardson.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Danielle was born in Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad, and raised in Bodden Town, Cayman Islands. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Medicine, Health, and Society. During her undergraduate years, she served as the President of the Caribbean Students Association, joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and worked at the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. 

Danielle has loved her time at Gould so far. In her first year, she served as a 1L Representative for both the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the International Law and Relations Organization (ILRO). As a 2L, she will continue her involvement with these organizations as the President of BLSA and as the Social Media and Mentorship Chair for ILRO.

For her 1L summer, Danielle will be working with the Los Angeles office of BakerHostetler. In her free time, she loves painting, working out with friends, and binge-watching Masterchef. She is incredibly excited to meet the new 1L students and serve as a peer mentor!

Megan Ricker

Megan Ricker

Undergraduate: University of Florida

megan.ricker.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Megan was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2020 where she studied public relations and history (GO GATORS!!!). Some of her favorite parts of her college experience were studying abroad in Florence, Italy and volunteering weekly, playing basketball at a school for students with intellectual and behavioral disabilities.

As a 1L, Megan was a member of the Entertainment Law Society, the Music Law Society, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society as well as the Women’s Law Association. This summer and during the upcoming school year, Megan will be working in the Small Business Clinic at USC.

Megan has 12 years of experience as an oboist, playing in the orchestra and band of her arts high school as well as elective courses throughout her undergraduate experience. She enjoys all types of music whether that’s rap, pop, classical, or country, and is always looking for recommendations for new Spotify playlists.

In her free time, Megan enjoys swimming, spending time at the beach, baking (as she hopes to provide her mentees with many sweet treats throughout their 1L year), and reality T.V nights with her friends. She is so excited to get to know the incoming 1L class!

Leilani Stacy

Leilani Stacy

Undergraduate: Wellesley College

leilani.stacy.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Leilani Stacy has lived in ten states and three countries and grew up primarily in Hawaii and Maryland. She graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College with a double major in Political Science and Economics, where her passion for racial and gender equity led her to spend time working in community finance and investment banking. After graduation, she completed a Fulbright scholarship researching women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship in Portugal.

Before coming to law school, Leilani served as an AmeriCorps FoodCorps service member, teaching students in Boston about food and nutrition. You can find her normally eating food at new restaurants, cooking in the kitchen, teaching yoga, or going outside! She also loves a good book, movie nights, and paint-by-the-number kits to relax. After spending her first year of law school on Zoom, she is looking forward to helping the new incoming class navigate 1L life.

Austin Worrell

Austin Worrell

Undergraduate: Miami University

austin.worrell.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Austin grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University (the cold one in Ohio) in 2018 with a degree in political science and business legal studies. While at Miami University, Austin was involved in greek life, student government, and mock trial. His senior year, he ran for local Oxford City Council, and won the college mock trial national championship against Yale. After undergrad, Austin took a gap year to clerk for a criminal defense firm, before moving to London to pursue his Masters at the London School of Economics.

This past year, Austin was a member of various organizations including OUTLaw, Business Law Society, and the IP&Tech Law Society. During his 1L summer, Austin is working as a legal intern for the General Counsel at AvantStay, one of California's fasting growing startups and the biggest new name in hospitality and travel technology. As a 2L, Austin is excited to be a GSG Senator and on the boards of OUTLaw and the Legal Technology Association.

In his free time, Austin enjoys hitting the beach with classmates, hiking, lifting and running, re-watching Billions on Showtime, reading books about politics and startups, and improving his German and Spanish skills. He is excited to be a peer mentor and cannot wait to meet the Class of 2024!

Sophia Zahn

Sophia Zahn

Undergraduate: Carnegie Mellon University

sophia.zahn.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Sophia grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated in 2019 from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor's and Master of Science in Chemistry. In college, Sophia played varsity and intramural sports, worked on an event to promote mental health, was a teaching assistant, and spent too much time in the lab as a research assistant. 

It was during her time as a research assistant working on her master’s project that Sophia began to think about pursuing science in a different way. As she realized that she enjoyed learning about the discoveries and innovations other scientists were making, she became interested in pursuing science through intellectual property law.

As a first-year law student, Sophia was a 1L representative for the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society and the Energy & Environmental Law Society. This summer she will be working on research involving patents and is looking to start her studying journey to conquer the patent bar.

Outside of school, Sophia has way too many hobbies including embroidery, knitting, and adopting plants. She loves to take advantage of the beautiful California weather and get outside but also loves to stay in and watch tv with her cat, Ollie. She is excited to meet the class of 2024 and welcome them to Gould!

2021-22 Transfer Peer Mentors

Dasol Lee

Dasol Lee

Undergraduate: The University of British Columbia

dasol.lee.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

Dasol Lee obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia in Canada. After graduation, Mr. Lee started tech startups for the U.S. market and raised two seed investments from prominent venture capital firms in South Korea. While running the startups, Mr. Lee faced multiple legal disputes and those experiences served as the jumping-off point to his fascination with the law, specifically in intellectual property (IP) and technology law.

Hye Jin (Annalee) Lee

Hye Jin (Annalee) Lee

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

hyejin.lee.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

Annalee is originally from Korea and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in International Political Economy. Before law school, she worked in the healthcare industry, where she was fascinated by the impact of healthcare law on organizations and individuals. She is a member of Korean American Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Business Law Society, and Technology Student Association, where she will be serving as vice president of public relations. In her 1L summer, she served as a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
 
In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, cooking, swimming, hiking, and volunteering with various organizations. She is thankful for the peer mentors that helped her transition remotely to USC and cannot wait to meet the incoming students.

2021-22 Peer Mentor Executive Board

Steven Perkins

Steven Perkins

Undergraduate: Northwest Missouri State University

steven.perkins.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

A die-hard Cardinals fan, Steven was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Theater. After spending a decade in Chicago acting, he tripped and fell into the craft beer industry where he developed a passion for craft beer. He is now a certified Cicerone and was a top-performing sales manager in both Chicago and Portland.

At Gould, Steven served in many positions including vice president of BLSA, student representative of the Antiracism Working Group, member of the Hale Moot Court honors program, mentor for the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals Program, and peer mentor to an amazing group of 1Ls (Section "B is for "Best"). He is looking forward to taking on the role of Student Bar Association Diversity Chair next year. Steven is interested in a career as a litigator and joined Gibson Dunn as a summer associate in their L.A. office.

Steven is beyond excited to be on the Peer Mentor Executive Board this year! He has lots of hobbies and passions like quoting Will Smith films, riding his bike, and singing — but, truthfully, most of his time is spent chasing his babies (2 years old and 6 months old) around the house. Law school at SC is a great time and he can't wait to share that joy with the incoming class!

Danielle Wilkins

Danielle Wilkins

Undergraduate: Spelman College

danielle.wilkins.2022

Danielle was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Economics and a minor in Management. She is passionate about international travel and studied abroad three times while at Spelman in China, England, and Ghana. After graduating, Danielle worked as a technology and management consultant in the finance, media, and technology industries.

Danielle was a 1L representative for Street Law and Barbara F. Bice Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and continued her involvement with PILF as a 2L, serving as the pro bono co-chair. Danielle is interested in a career in criminal justice reform. After 1L she worked at the ACLU of Southern California on their jails team, helping to improve confinement conditions and medical services for inmates in the L.A. County jails. This summer she will work at Parole Justice Works under the direction of Professor Heidi Rummel, developing resources for parole attorneys and incarcerated individuals who are released on parole, to help ensure successful parole hearings and, subsequently, successful reintegration.

Danielle loves food and studied culinary arts at ALMA School of Italian Cuisine in Parma, Italy, and at the International Culinary Center in NYC. She loves gourmet food, but thinks Dominos is great too! She also enjoys yoga, reading novels and autobiographies, attending shows, and laughing with friends. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to USC Gould!

Genevieve Zimmerman

Genevieve Zimmerman

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

genevieve.zimmerman.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

Genevieve was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. She made her way down south to Los Angeles to attend UCLA where she studied World Arts and Cultures and Communications Studies (dangerous to say on this side of town but... Go Bruins!). During her time at UCLA, she was event chairman of her sorority and a camp counselor. Genevieve also studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prior to attending Gould, Genevieve worked in San Francisco at a digital marketing firm. Once she excitedly committed to Gould, Genevieve took three months off to travel throughout Israel, Greece, and Thailand.

During her 1L summer, Genevieve virtually worked for the New York Attorney General's Office in its Public Integrity Bureau. For her 2L summer, she lived in the big apple working at Latham & Watkins.

This past school year, Genevieve worked in the Post-Conviction Justice Project clinic, was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and served as an executive board member for the Criminal Law Society and the Women's Law Association.

In her spare time, Genevieve enjoys watching Netflix, hiking with friends, doing yoga, and looking up new local restaurants. After an incredible year as a peer mentor, Genevieve is excited to continue her involvement with the program and welcome the Class of 2024!

2021-22 Academic Success Fellows

Jessica Block (Sections A-E)

Steven Perkins

Undergraduate: Tulane University

jessica.block.2023@lawmail.usc.edu

Jessica was born and raised in Irvine, California. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2020 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Public Health. During undergrad, Jessica studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and volunteered as a court watcher in the Orleans Parish criminal courts. Jessica was a law clerk at CDF Labor Law LLP in Orange County during her 1L summer. In her free time, Jessica enjoys going to concerts, hiking, skiing, and finding the best ice cream in Los Angeles. She is really looking forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 to Gould!

Tia Kerkhof (Sections F-J)

Steven Perkins

Undergraduate: California Lutheran University

tia.kerkhof.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

Tia grew up in Palos Verdes, California. She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2019 with a major in Political Science and minor in Legal Studies. During her time at CLU, she played volleyball, worked at a family law office, and studied abroad in Australia and Washington DC, where she interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office. During her summers, Tia was a 1L summer associate with Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis and 2L summer associate with Paul, Weiss in New York. She spent the month before 1L solo road-tripping around CA, the month before 2L solo road-tripping around Oregon, and the month before 3L road-tripping back from New York. Outside of law school, she enjoys hiking, playing with her pet rabbit, working out, trying new restaurants, and being at the beach. She is very excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to the Trojan Family!

Genevieve Zimmerman (Sections K-O)

Steven Perkins

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

genevieve.zimmerman.2022@lawmail.usc.edu

Genevieve is a Berkeley, California native and graduated from UCLA in 2017 (Go Bruins!) with a double major in World Arts & Cultures and Communications Studies. She then worked in San Francisco for two years at a digital marketing firm. After traveling for three months throughout Israel, Greece, and Thailand, Genevieve was excited to come back to L.A. to start at Gould. During her 1L summer, Genevieve was a public service fellow with the New York Attorney General's Office's Public Integrity Bureau. During her 2L summer, Genevieve was a summer associate at Latham & Watkins in New York City. In her free time, Genevieve enjoys yoga, hiking with friends, and is looking forward to going back to concerts. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to the Trojan Family!

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