LOS ANGELES– LAWFUEL – Law Jobs News Wire – Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, the national law and consulting firm, announced its 2007 Summer Associate roster today. Twenty-one law students will be located in four of the firm’s eight offices: Los Angeles, New York City, Palo Alto and Albany. The mission of Manatt’s Summer Recruiting program is to engage, train and nurture the professional development of outstanding candidates from the nation’s top law schools and from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Manatt is ranked 19th on the Minority Law Journal’s Diversity Scorecard for 2007.
“The firm’s future success depends on the strength of our Summer Associates and our junior lawyers,” said Diana Iketani, Manatt’s Chief Recruiting Officer. “We consider ourselves fortunate that these outstanding students chose Manatt. Our firm has always emphasized the pursuit of excellence, and we’ve developed a summer program that supports mentoring, feedback and professional development. We hope to make their experience both educational and rewarding.”
Los Angeles Summer Associates
Tina Ashtiani is a member of the class of 2009 at Columbia University School of Law. Tina earned her Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English and Middle Eastern Studies from UCLA, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Before law school, Tina gained legal experience in a specialized bankruptcy law firm and at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Tina speaks conversational Farsi.
Paul Bost is a member of the class of 2008 at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he is active in Mock Trial and sits on the executive board of the Christian Legal Society. Paul earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Humanities from Pepperdine University and spent two semesters studying in Germany. Before law school, Paul spent over two years volunteering for programs as diverse as Food on Foot, World Impact, The Dream Center, and the International Justice Mission. Paul has continued his commitment to public service during law school by clerking at the Public Counsel Law Center.
Tiffani Brown returns to Manatt for a second year after splitting last summer between Manatt’s New York office and Goldman Sachs. Tiffani is a member of the class of 2008 at New York University School of Law, where she is a Dean’s Scholar and Erich Leyens Scholar. Before law school, Tiffani received her Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University and her Bachelor’s degree cum laude in Economics from the University of Southern California, where she was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. She has worked at Morgan Stanley and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and Lisbon, Portugal. Tiffani speaks Portuguese and has studied in Brazil, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Sirena Castillo returns to Manatt’s Los Angeles office for a second summer. She is a member of the class of 2008 at the University of Southern California, where she has earned the Judge E. Avery Crary Award and the Barger & Wolen Written Advocacy Award. Sirena earned her Master’s degree in Russian and European Studies and her Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language from Georgetown University, where she was a Presidential Management Fellow. Sirena has also studied in St. Petersburg, The Russian Federation, and speaks Russian and Spanish. Before law school, Sirena worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Office of the County Attorney in Hawaii.
Casey Cohen is a member of the class of 2009 at the UCLA School of Law, where he edits the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, during which time he also studied in Barcelona, Spain. Before law school, Casey worked as a story analyst at Creative Artists Agency, and he also gained legal experience at Foley & Mansfield, LLP.
Sarah Fergusson is a member of the class of 2008 at Emory University School of Law. She serves as an editor on the Board of Emory International Law Review and is a Student Legal Services Caseworker. Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Emory, where she received the Sadker Sociology Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research. After earning her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University, Sarah spent several years at Teach for America in a variety of capacities, most recently as a teacher in the Compton Unified School District. Sarah spent last summer as a summer associate at Stites & Harbison, PLLC, in Lexington, Kentucky.
Erick Flores is a member of the class of 2009 at Georgetown University Law Center. Erick is involved in the Latino Law Society, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, the International Law Society, and Outlaw; and he is a Pro Bono Pledge Participant. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction Honors in Communications from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and earned the Rebele Fellowship. Erick has studied in Madrid, Spain, and is fluent in Spanish. Before law school, Erick held a wide range of positions: legal assistant at a local law firm, publicity intern at Twentieth Century Fox, reporter for the Beverly Hills Courier, and immigration caseworker for the International Institute of San Francisco.
Carol Hu is a member of the class of 2008 at the UCLA School of Law. She serves as an articles editor on the UCLA Entertainment Law Review and as a member of the Asian/Pacific Islander Law Students Association. She currently volunteers at the El Centro Legal Clinic and spent last summer at Hogan & Hartson LLP. Carol earned Bachelor of Science degrees with High Honors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before law school, Carol worked as a senior applications engineer for Oracle Corporation and interned with Microsoft Corporation in software development. Carol has also taught piano and singing to children at Little Genius Learning Center.
Sara Kani is a member of the class of 2008 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). She serves as Assistant Managing Editor on the Berkeley Journal of International Law and as a Clinic Counselor at the East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic. Sarah has also worked as a judicial extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Marc Goldman in the Central District of California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with Highest Distinction, an honor reserved for those in the top 1% of the graduating class. Before law school, Sara taught English in Madrid, Spain, and interned for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. Sara is the Founding Director of International Vision Coalition, a nonprofit community organization in Berkeley.
Pamela Kohanchi is a member of the class of 2008 at Stanford Law School. She also volunteers at the Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto Immigration Clinic. Pamela graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. She was an Honors Scholar and earned the UCLA Alumni Award and the Jewish National Fund Community Award. Before law school, Pamela gained legal experience at a local law firm and at the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Pamela is fluent in Farsi and speaks Spanish and Hebrew.
Viral Mehta is a member of the class of 2008 at Boston University School of Law, where he is a member of the Public Interest Law Journal, South Asian Bar Association and South Asian American Law Students Association. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UC Irvine, with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Viral has clerked at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office and, prior to law school, he worked as a law clerk at an Orange County law firm.
Emil Petrossian is a member of the class of 2008 at Loyola Law School, where he is a staff member on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Emil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in History from Whitman College. Emil has served as an extern for the Honorable Aurelio Muñoz in the Superior Court of California. Before law school, Emil worked in the City Attorney’s Office in Walla Walla, Washington. Emil is fluent in Armenian and conversant in Farsi and Spanish.
Tom Robertson is a member of the class of 2008 at William & Mary School of Law, where he is a Graduate Research Fellow and a member of the William & Mary Law Review and the Moot Court Team. Tom earned Bachelor’s degrees magna cum laude in Mathematics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Last summer he interned in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. Before law school, Tom taught mathematics in Concepcion, Chile, and worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Tom speaks Spanish and volunteers his time as a tutor at a local urban high school and as a mentor at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
Tatiana Small attends the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she expects to earn a joint law degree and a Master’s degree in Public Policy in 2008. Tatiana is a Public Policy and International Studies Graduate Fellow and a recipient of the Morgan Lewis Book Scholarship, and she serves as an editor on the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from UCLA and has studied in Bahia, Brazil. She is currently working for the State Bar of California’s Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, and previously consulted on the Critical Response Team for the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles.
New York City Summer Associates
Kendall Hancock is a member of the class of 2009 at Harvard Law School. She holds an A.B. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. Before law school, Kendall performed legal and bioethical research at Purdue Pharma and the Brown Center for Geriatric Research. Kendall speaks Spanish and spent a summer in Paraguay volunteering for Amigos de las Americas. More recently she has volunteered for Hasbro Children’s Hospital Read to Me program, where she personally developed a reading program for Spanish-speaking youths; and before that she co-founded a student-run sexual awareness program.
Gabriel Martinez is a member of the class of 2008 at Columbia University School of Law, where he is the President of the Latino Law Students Association, a staff member on the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and a member of Outlaws. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellow and a founding board member of the Student Organization of Latinos. Gabriel’s diverse work experience includes internships at the American Civil Liberties Union, Fortis Capital Corporation, the New York Women’s Foundation and the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Benny Walk is a member of the class of 2009 at New York University School of Law, where he has received the Dean’s Scholarship. After earning his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Accounting from Morehouse College, Benny studied at the London School of Economics and earned an MSc in Local Economic Development. Benny is a partner at Privileged, Inc., a theatrical production company based in Atlanta. Before law school, he interned for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama in Washington, DC.
Christen Young is a member of the class of 2009 at Yale Law School, where she is an editor on the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, as well as the Yale Law and Policy Review. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to law school, Christen was a Public Policy Specialist for the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, D.C., and more recently, a researcher for the Pro Bono Network.
Palo Alto and Albany Summer Associates
Elizabeth Curtis is a member of the class of 2009 at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she received the CALI and Witkin Awards for excellence in legal writing and research. Before law school, Elizabeth gained legal experience at a San Francisco-area law firm and at Sony Computer Entertainment America. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Cal Leadership Alumni Scholar. In the political arena, she has worked with U.S. Senator John Kerry and has interned for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, the Lew Edwards Group and Staton Hughes.
Teri Nguyen is a member of the class of 2009 at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is a cum laude graduate of UCLA, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Public Policy. Before law school, Teri gained legal experience in two local law offices, at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and most recently, at a legal software development company in Ontario, California.
Jerald Sharum returns to Manatt for a second year after spending last summer in the Albany office. He is a member of the class of 2008 at Albany Law School, where he is the editor-in-chief of the Albany Law Review and an associate production editor for the New York Legal History Journal. He also expects to earn a Master’s in Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany in 2008. Jerald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Jerald has clerked for Justice Leslie Stein in the New York State Supreme Court and for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor. He will be splitting his summer between the Palo Alto and Albany offices.
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