The Student Becomes the Teacher
Bibi Fell, ’04 (JD), is currently an adjunct professor, teaching advanced trial advocacy.
Fell, who was admitted to higher ranked schools, says USD School of Law is the “best choice I could have made. It was the best choice back then, and it’s still the best choice today.” Fell also feels it was USD’s extensive alumni network that “really gave me a leg-up.” She credits her relationship with alumni and faculty members for the opportunities she received to build her reputation, both within the San Diego legal community and at USD. Fell is a Senior Trial Attorney at Gomez Trial Attorneys, a plaintiff’s personal injury firm. “Looking back on how I built my career and got my position at Gomez Trial Attorneys, every step of the way, someone from USD pushed me along and introduced me to the right people.”
As an adjunct professor, Fell is consistently impressed with the quality of USD students, who she says display a “strong work ethic and good critical thinking.” She also notes that she has a “strong preference to recruit graduates from USD,” and that the USD graduates at her firm and who she encounters in practice are very high performers.
Fell’s husband, Trevor Davids, is a part-time 1L student at USD School of Law. Fell recounts telling him, “if you want to live and practice in San Diego, USD is the best choice.” Davids’ experience at USD has been just as positive as his wife’s. “Collegial is a good word for it,” he says when describing the environment at USD, “it’s not a cut throat experience at all.” There’s also a common theme he’s noticed among students in his part-time program: “They’re all people with real and solid careers who are looking to do something even more with their careers.”