Class Notes

UCLA School of Law alumni are doing great things in widely varied fields, demonstrating each day the wealth of opportunities afforded by a prestigious law degree. They are starting up entrepreneurial ventures, prosecuting and defending clientele in an astonishing variety of fields, working as judges and public servants, and serving our country. Catch up with your classmates here to find out their latest news, or submit your class notes!

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Class Notes - 2010s
  • Tina Koonse ’10 was quoted in November in a front-page Los Angeles Times article on wage theft in the garment industry. A graduate of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies program, Koonse is the legal and policy research manager at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.
  • Dominic Quiller ’10 was mentioned in the Daily Journal concerning a case against the Torrance school district. Quiller is a partner at the firm McCune & Harber LLP.
  • James Behrens ’11 practices bankruptcy and restructuring law in Los Angeles at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. His recent article, “Don’t Fear the 363 Sale, Fear the Delay that Follows It,” was published in the March 2014 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and was recently selected to be included in Best of ABI 2014: The Year in Business Bankruptcy.
  • Jessamyn Vedro ’11 is an associate in the litigation group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP. Vedro is also an accomplished ballerina who has performed in notable show such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella.
  • Lauren Woodland ’11 reprised her role as Brittany Hodges on The Young and the Restless during the show's 45th anniversary week. Woodland is an Associate at Miller Barondess LLP. She is a civil litigator specializing in business and entertainment litigation.
  • Lulu Chiu Gomez ’12 was elected as the Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Liaison to the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising. She is an associate at Snell & Wilmer's Los Angeles office.
  • Francis Guzman ’12 has been announced as the recipient of the Juvenile Law Center’s 2018 Leadership Prize. Guzman currently directs the California Youth Justice Initiative (CYJI) at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL).
  • Jonathan Tobin ’12 was featured in an article on The Eastsider website about his firm Counsel for Creators. Tobin's practice is focused on the needs of creative businesses and individuals. He deals with matters involving copyrights, trademarks, software, design, licensing, business, art law and contracts.
  • Marshall Hunt ’13 was confirmed as a new member of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Hunt is an attorney at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC in Tempe, Arizona.
  • Robert Pepple ’13 joined Epstein Becker Green as an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice in Los Angeles.
  • Christina Snider ’13 was appointed Governor's Tribal Advisor and executive secretary to the Native American Heritage Commission.
  • Adam Ackerman ’14 joined the American Red Cross Santa Monica Bay Chapter. Ackerman is an associate in Mergers & Acquisitions at O’Melveny & Myers.
  • Hammad Alam ’14 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Alam will advocate for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian students and families who are victims of school bullying in San Bernardino County.
  • Jordan Cunnings ’14 won a victory for a client through her work at Public Counsel. This is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement in Los Angeles.
  • Jamie Friedland ’14 was named one of the Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine. Friedland was recognized for his volunteer work with other lawyers to give free assistance to travelers affected by the travel bans set forth by President Donald Trump. Friedland is an associate at Latham & Watkins. Prior to joining Latham, he served as a law clerk to Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Natasha Gandhi ’14 was named to the 2018 “Pathfinders Program” class for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Gandhi is an associate at the firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP in Dallas, Texas.
  • William Marshall ’14 joined the firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP in Denver, Colorado as an Associate in the Environmental Group and Natural Resources Department.
  • John Scheerer ’14 joined Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise as an Associate. Prior to joining Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, Scheerer was a litigation associate at Hueston Hennigan LLP, and previously at Irell and Manella LLP.
  • Courtney Corbello ’15 accepted a new position as State of Texas Assistant Attorney General - Law Enforcement Defense in Austin, Texas. Previously she served as a briefing attorney for Judge David Newell, and a law clerk for the State of Texas Criminal Court of Appeals.
  • Sara McDermott ’15 was mentioned in the Daily Journal for her work in authoring a letter prompting a review of the federal judiciary’s workplace policies. McDermott is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.
  • Ariane Nevin ’15 wrote an article on The Blog on the Huffpost entitled "South African Judges Should Visit A Prison Once A Year." Nevin is the National Prisons Specialist at Sonke’s Policy Development and Advocacy Unit, where she was the UCLA – Sonke Health and Human Rights Fellow in 2015. She now leads the policy and advocacy work in Sonke’s national prisons project.
  • Kelly Orians ’15 founded two nonprofit organizations, First 72 and Rising Foundations, which help create avenues for those released from prison to avoid returning to a criminal life. Orians was featured in the Forbes article "Not Going Back to Prison: A Rising Foundation in New Orleans."
  • Sonia Singh ’16 was mentioned in the Los Angeles Daily Journal article entitled "Resolving Insolvency", concerning multi-million dollar reorganizations and her firm Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP. Singh recently joined the firm as an associate.
  • Erika Georgiou Cumbee ’17 , an Associate Attorney at Quinn Emanual Urquhart & Sullivan LLP (Complex Commercial Litigation), was featured in the Daily Journal.
  • Brady Granger ’17 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Granger will design and implement a robust and cohesive program of legal clinics, legal representation, outreach, and community education sessions serving the community of veterans in West Texas.
  • Sabine Jean ’17 joined Outten & Golden's New York office as an Associate. Jean, the Public Interest Fellow at the firm, will be a member of the firm's Individual Practice Area, Class Practice Area, and co-chairs the Firm's Public Interest Committee.
  • Nabeelah Mia ’17 wrote an article on The Blog on the Huffpost entitled "South African Judges Should Visit A Prison Once A Year." Mia was a 2016-2017 UCLA-Sonke Health and Human Rights fellow.
  • Ira Catherine Perez ’17 was added as an associate at Bell Nunnally. Perez is a member of the Corporate and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions and Tax practice areas. She joined the firm after working on trust and estate administration, investment analysis and energy leases (including wind and oil and gas) at one of the largest Texas-based banks.
  • Nathan Goncalves ’18 was selected by Equal Justice Works for its 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. Goncalves will aid low-income disabled veterans in their rehabilitation, by addressing family law problems through direct assistance, counsel and advise, and legal education to promote family reintegration.
  • Larken Yackulic ’18 was named a member of the 2018 class of Skadden Fellows, a group of 29 graduating law students and judicial clerks who are devoting the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work.