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TJSL Students Shine with Prestigious Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships

Published: May 08, 2013

Thomas Jefferson School of Law couldn’t be prouder of the growing list of students who are being honored with prestigious awards and opportunities that showcase their credentials in a noteworthy way. It's going to be quite a summer for them all!

The following students have earned impressive fellowships, scholarships, highly sought after internships, extremely valuable post-graduate clerkships and other recognitions that will enhance their resumes and help further prepare them for exciting and satisfying careers: Lance Henry (3L) is a Management Intern in the Office of San Diego City Councilmember Myrtle Cole.  Two TJSL students, Amelia Mattis and Brad Sorrentino, both 3Ls, are interning in The Hague, Netherlands this summer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Ian Seruelo (2L), who is president of the newly formed student group LELA (Labor and Employment Law Association), has received a prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship.  This Fellowship will fund his summer internship with the IUE-CWA, which is the industrial division of the Communication Workers of America. 

Randy Abreu (2L) was recently awarded the 2013 Google Policy Fellowship. He will do a paid internship in Washington, D.C. with the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Marisol Gonzalez (1L) has landed a summer internship with SONY Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles and Ricardo Elorza (1L) will be interning this summer with San Diego-based Qualcomm. Three other TJSL students will be interning at Qualcomm this summer: Sam Kossack, Brent Bettesworth and James Harris.

Jason Miller (2L) will be working at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Istanbul, Turkey.  Miller will be working for Umurcan Gago, a Director of Tax Services at PwC, writing treatises on doing business in Turkey and the Middle East.

Amy Louttit (3L) has testified that recently in Sacramento before legislative committees hearing four different pieces of legislation on the rights of homeless youth. As homeless youth activist, Louttit has a perfect four-for-four batting average on the bills she has testified for or against.

Danielle Gilbert (3L) will be doing a summer internship with The Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review in San Francisco, after a highly selective process.

Samantha Morales (2L) will be interning this summer in Washington, D.C. for the Department of Justice, in the Office of Tribal Justice, where she will work on Native American legal issues.

Monique Rodriguez (2L) will be a judicial intern to the Honorable Fernando Gaitan, the Chief Judge for the Western District of Missouri, after a rigorous selection process involving both the Just the Beginning Foundation’s Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project and the Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference. Debbie Micev (3L) will be interning this summer with Federal Magistrate Judge William McCurine, who is also one of TJSL’s Trustees. Micev will be assisting with all pre-trial matters in Judge McCurine’s court and writing a Writ of Habeus Corpus. Katie Smith (2L) will be interning this summer with Chief Judge Laura Taylor, a 9th District Bankruptcy Judge in San Diego.

A total of 12 TJSL students will be doing judicial internships during the summer of 2013: See the Complete List

Shannon Laoye (1L) was recently selected for the National Bar Associations Gertrude E. Rush Scholarship, in honor of one of the true trailblazing African-American female attorneys.

Susan Quassani (3L) was selected in April as a participant in the 2013 American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. She will serve her internship at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Laredo this summer.

Eric Schneider (3L) and Jason Stones (2L), who both work with TJSL’s Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (VLAC), been named to the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program.  They will both work at the VLAC on behalf of the Summer Corps.

Stacey Zapanta (3L) is a recipient of the California Bar Foundation’s Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship and she is just one of a handful of California law students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

Stephannie Obioha (1L) will be doing an internship in Geneva, Switzerland this summer at a WaterLex, a non-governmental Swiss organization dealing with water governance and human rights, affiliated with the United Nations.

Cameron Oxberry (1L) will join the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Principal Legal Advisor (“OPLA”) in Los Angeles as a legal intern this summer. This flagship office is the largest legal program within the Department of Homeland Security, providing legal advice, training and services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Yasser Clor (3L) has accepted a post-graduate 3-6 month funded internship in Bergamo, Italy. Clor will be working with ADAPT, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting research in the field of industrial and labor relations from a comparative and international perspective. As a fellow with the organization, Clor will collaborate with attorneys on comparative labor and employment law issues.

Pamela Rivera (1L) has been named to a Diversity Fellowship position at SONY Electronics, through the San Diego County Bar Association and Association of Corporate Counsel-San Diego Diversity Fellowship Program.

Antonina “Nina” Prestigiacomo (1L) will be doing a summer internship in the tax litigation department at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago.  The tax litigation department represents clients before the U.S. Tax court, U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Chase Victorson (2L) will be interning at the famous Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, where he will be working for legendary Director of New Talent, Andy Engel. Victorson will be producing and promoting comedy shows at Gotham and booking comedians.

Samantha Birkner (2L) and first-year student Alyssa Casiple (1L) will embark on exciting compliance internships with area universities in their athletics departments. Samantha Birkner received an impressive opportunity with Point Loma Nazarene University to work as its compliance intern. Casiple was recently selected by University of California, San Diego to work in its Department of Athletics as a compliance intern. Kim Coulter (1L) will be interning this summer with the ACLU in San Diego. She will be investigating and researching fair housing issues arising from the disparate impact of certain landlord practices on low-income and minority communities. She also will be seeking solutions for civil rights issues arising from conditions of confinement in San Diego County jails. Christina Hebert (1L) will be working for the Disability Rights Office of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. There, she will be researching and writing on policymaking in connection with the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act and Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. 

Jennifer Pua Uyehara (1L) will join the Department of the Attorney General in Honolulu, Hawaii as a legal intern this summer. Uyehara will work primarily with the Education Division, where she will help represent the State at administrative hearings. Jacqulyn Lewis (1L) has been selected as a Fellow for the San Diego County Bar Association and will be working this summer at Mintz Levin, which is one of the top firms in the country. She will be working with attorneys who specialize in Real Estate, IP, and Employment Law. Brittany Walker (3L) has secured a coveted position as the sole legal intern with Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit organization based in Arlington, VA. This organization is committed to educating consumers, business owners and the general public about the value and operation of an open and market-oriented economy. Rosana Barajas (3L), along with May 2013 gaduates Stacey Zapanta and Susana Inda, have received bar stipends from the San Diego La Raza Scholarship Find.

John Anwesen (2L) will be working as a legal intern with Sempra Energy this summer. Anwesen is part of the highly selective San Diego County Bar Association Diversity Fellowship Program and hopes to be getting experience in the area of  international law while at Sempra. Third-year law student Mathew Work will be working at Joey Gilbert & Associates as a Certified Summer Associate. Even more exciting, Work also signed an employment contract with the firm for a position after graduation.

Sara Denton (3L) has secured an internship with Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP for this summer. Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP is a boutique law firm in downtown San Diego specializing in immigration and nationality law and appellate litigation, including civil, criminal and immigration appeals.

These students to bring honor themselves and to the law school with their accomplishments and appointments.

Congratulations from everyone in the TJSL Family for distinguishing yourselves and making us proud.