Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, May 2013

Class Rank: Top 1%; Grade Point Average: 4.142; Dean’s List, 2010–2011, 2011–2012, 2012–2013

  • Associate Editor & Subscription Manager, Southwestern Law Review, 2011-2013
  • Author, The Devil’s in the Intent: Does 18 U.S.C. § 666 Require Proof of Quid Pro Quo Intent?, 42 S.W. L. Rev. 229 (2012); No Remedy for this Wrong? Analyzing the Appropriate Remedy for Violations of California Penal Code § 834c,
  • Recipient, Full-Tuition Wildman/Schumacher Scholarship, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
  • First Place Brief Writer, Intramural Moot Court Honor Program Competition, 2011
  • Honorable Mention Advocate, Intramural Trial Advocacy Honors Program Competition, 2011
  • Recipient, CALI “Excellence for the Future” Awards: Criminal Law; Legal Analysis, Writing & Skills I & II; Civil Procedure II; Constitutional Law I & II; Public International Law
  • Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Evidence, Business Associations                                   

Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language, summa cum laude, May 2008

Grade Point Average: 3.98; Dean’s List: 6 of 6 semesters

  • Recipient, Full-Tuition Senator Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship
  • Recipient, Alumni/Academic Major Award: Spanish
  • Member, Honors Program; Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society; Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society; Business Administration Honor Society


United States District Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles, California

Judicial Law Clerk, August 2013 - Present


United States District Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles, California

Full-Time Judicial Extern, January - May 2013


Southwestern Law School Immigration Law Clinic, Los Angeles, California

Law Clerk, August 2012 – December 2012

Represented indigent, undocumented clients before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services under the supervision of an immigration attorney by interviewing clients, advocating on their behalf to case players, and preparing forms for submission to USCIS; conducted a community outreach presentation to social workers regarding various forms of immigration relief for underserved populations


Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Los Angeles & Inglewood, California

Law Clerk, May– August 2012

Advocated for clients through several motions to dismiss, suppress evidence, and for new trials; prepared a homicide trial with my supervising attorney, including crime scene visits; prepared research memoranda on various legal issues; interviewed juvenile clients


Thomson Reuters Westlaw, Los Angeles, California

Academic Education and Training Intern, July 2012 – September 2012

Scrutinized and revised current online training materials; developed new law-student-focused online tutorials and materials


Student Representative, August 2011 – June 2013

Train students and faculty members on effective and efficient research on both classic Westlaw and WestlawNext; troubleshoot and advise faculty members and club leaders on use of TWEN course pages; answer questions in-person in the Westlaw lab or via email


Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California

Research Assistant to Professor Caleb Mason, May – September 2011

Researched cross-border drug smuggling cases from the United States-Mexico border and coded them into a spreadsheet for analysis; reviewed, proofread, and commented on academic papers, including the now-viral Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading with Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and Perps


Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Los Angeles & Inglewood, California

Law Clerk, May – August 2011

Researched and wrote several motions; performed legal research and prepared research memoranda; interviewed clients and witnesses; assisted in a homicide trial and a receiving stolen property trial from voir dire to verdict


Olen Jewelry, Los Angeles, California

Founder & President, July 2003 – August 2010

Founded and operated an Internet-based retail business; built a national and international client base; managed an inventory of fine and fashion jewelry



  • Graduate Gemologist & Accredited Jewelry Professional, Gemological Institute of America, 2009
  • Certified Diamontologist, Diamond Council of America, 2007
  • Eagle Scout Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America, 2003
  • Graduate, National Student Leadership Conference – International Diplomacy


  • NALEO naturalization workshops
  • Southwestern Law School Student Ambassador
  • Los Angeles County Probation Department Volunteers in Service to Others (VISTO) Program
  • Southwestern Law School & Public Counsel General Relief Advocacy Project (GRAP)


  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (medium fluency)

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