Academic Success Fellows

Fall 2018

All office hours are held in the Pardee Legal Research Center (LRC).

Fellows that hold office hours in the LRC will meet with students on the ground floor at the small tables to the left of the circulation desk.

Section A

Course Professor Days Times Fellow Office Hours
Civil Procedure Heiser TTH 1:00 - 2:50 a.m. Stewart Harris T 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Torts McGowan MW 10:00 - 11:50 p.m. Josephine Leong

M 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

T 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Criminal Law Alexander MW 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Mariam Saleh TH 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Section B

Course Professor Days Times Fellow Office Hours
Civil Procedure Schwarzschild MW 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Caitlyn Emery

W 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

TH 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Torts Ursin MW 1:00 - 2:50 a.m. Christiana Garrett M 10:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Criminal Law Ramirez TTH 10:00 - 11:50 p.m. Kathryn Smith TH 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Section C

Course Professor Days Times Fellow Office Hours
Civil Procedure Martin MW 10:00 - 11:50 a.m. Rebecca Heywood M 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Torts Smith TTH 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Christopher Huntley TH 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Criminal Law Cole MW 1:00 - 2:50 a.m. Jacob Clark TH 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Section E

Course Professor Days Times Fellow Office Hours
Civil Procedure Schwarzschild MW 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Caitlyn Emery

W 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

TH 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Torts Smith TTH 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Christopher Huntley TH 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Criminal Law Alexander MW 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. Mariam Saleh TH 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Additional hours for part-time students available by appointment and/or questions answered via email.

Caitlyn Emery

C. EmerySection B
Professor Schwarzchild - Civil Procedure

Caitlyn is a second-year law student from Florida.  Prior to attending law school, she graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Criminology and a BA in Political Science and minors in History and Sustainability Studies.  During the summer, Caitlyn worked as a law clerk at Clerkin, Sinclair and Mahfouz, LLP, a civil litigation firm in downtown San Diego.  Currently, she is an associate board member of USD Moot Court, an associate member of the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, and serves as the Elections and Involvement Chair for SBA.  In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys reading, traveling and attending concerts.


C. HuntleyChristopher Huntly

Section C/E
Professor Smith - Torts

Chris went to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana and majored in Mechanical Engineering. He is a rising 2L in law school and wants to focus on Intellectual Property law. Chris is currently studying for the patent bar and hopes to become a patent agent before the year is over. He has a golden retriever and when he has some free time from law school, Chris like to take him hiking and to the beach


C. Garrett

Christina Garrett

Section B
Professor Ursin - Torts

Christiana is a third-year law student, and grew up in San Bernardino, California.  Prior to attending law school, she earned a degree in Biology and a minor in Management from California State University San Bernardino.  During her second year of law school, Christiana externed for the Honorable Janis L. Sammartino in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.  This past summer, Christiana worked as a summer associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati in the patent litigation group.  Outside of law school and work, she enjoys playing fantasy football and spending time with friends and family.  


Jacob Clark

jacob clark

Section C
Professor Cole - Criminal Law

Jacob is a 2L and a native San Diegan.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in English.  During his 1L summer, he worked in-house with Cubic Transportation Systems, researched with Professor Mary Jo Wiggins, and studied abroad in London.  He externed for the Honorable Erithe A. Smith in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, and is a member of the San Diego Law Review.  He worked as a summer associate with Alverson Taylor Mortensen and Sanders this past summer, and is currently externing with Procopio, Hargreaves & Savitch.  Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter.


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Josephine Leong

Section A
Professor McGowan - Torts

Josephine is currently a 2L from the San Gabriel Valley who attended her undergraduate education at UCSD for Literature/Writing.  She hopes to practice in entertainment law, but is open to exploring different legal paths.  She is currently on the board for APALSA and Women’s Law Caucus.  On her free time, she likes to try new food places, binge her favorite tv series, and play games with her friends.


K. Smith

Kathryn Smith

Section B
Professor Ramirez - Criminal Law

Kathryn studied sociocultural anthropology at UCSD.  She is a 3L and interested in employment, criminal, and appellate law.  Katy has externed at the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, and California Court of Appeal.  (The Court of Appeal was her favorite!)  When not busy with studying and law review, she loves to exercise and cook.


Mariam Saleh

mariam salehSection A/E
Professor Alexander - Criminal Law

Mariam is a third-year law student.  Prior to attending law school, she received her undergraduate degrees in English and Middle East & Islamic Studies from UC, Riverside.  In the past, Mariam has clerked with the San Diego Public Defender’s office as their Diversity Fellow; the Alternate Public Defender’s office; the San Diego Federal Defenders; and worked as a judicial extern under Judge Burkhardt, a Federal Magistrate Judge. She is an editor on the executive board of the San Diego Law Review.  If she had any free time, she would enjoy reading about politics and spending time with her nieces.


R. HeywoodRebecca Heywood

Section C
Professor Martin - Civil Procedure

Rebecca is a second-year law student and a San Diego native.  Rebecca graduated from UCLA with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Art History.  Prior to entering law school, Rebecca worked as a paralegal in insurance defense litigation.  This summer, Rebecca worked as a Law Clerk for a civil litigation firm in San Diego.  In her free time, Rebecca enjoys learning foreign languages, camping, playing soccer, and cycling.


Stewart Harris

S. Harris

Section A
Professor Heiser - Civil Procedure

Stew is a student in the Tax LLM program.  Prior to law school, Stew graduated from Boston College with a BA and MA in Irish History.  This summer he took the Florida bar and had zero fun.  Stew is a member of CrossFit, Inc.'s legal team, and in his free time, he enjoys coaching rugby and playing golf.

Academic Success 1L Workshop #1: Time Management & Effective Study Strategies

Workshop #1 Dates & Times

Section A/E: Monday, August 27, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section C/E: Tuesday, August 28, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, August 29, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

    • Introduce/reinforce the activities students should be incorporating into their weekly study schedules
    • Introduce/reinforce/practice creating an effective weekly study schedule that incorporates spaced learning, interleaving, and retrieval practice
    • Introduce/reinforce/practice effective memorization strategies
    • Introduce/reinforce how to use supplemental resources effectively to aid learning and understanding  

Academic Success 1L Workshop #2: Case Reading, Case Briefing, and Notetaking

Workshop #2 Dates & Times

Section C/E: Tuesday, September 4, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, September 5, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section A/E: Thursday, September 6, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

    • Introduce/reinforce/ practice effective pre-reading strategies
    • Introduce/reinforce/ practice effective case reading strategies
    • Introduce/reinforce effective note-taking strategies to employ during class
    • Introduce/reinforce/practice strategies for using and revising notes effectively after class
    • Introduce/reinforce/practice strategies for drafting accurate and concise case briefs

Academic Success 1L Workshop #3: Outlining

Workshop #3 Dates & Times

Section A/E: Monday, September 17, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section C/E: Tuesday, September 18, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, September 19, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

    • Introduce the principles behind outlining and organizing information for casebook courses
    • Introduce/reinforce the process of outlining and organizing information for casebook courses
    • Introduce the elements of a complete outline for casebook courses
    • Practice creating a portion of a skeletal outline for a casebook course

Academic Success 1L Workshop #4: From Outlines to IRAC

Workshop #4 Dates & Times

Section A/E: Monday, September 24, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section C/E: Tuesday, September 25, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, September 26, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

  • Introduce/reinforce/practice how to use an outline as a roadmap for completing essay exams in casebook courses
  • Introduce/reinforce/practice how to create issue spotting checklists for essay exams in casebook courses
  • Introduce/reinforce/practice how to create prewriting outlines for essay exams in casebook courses
  • Introduce/reinforce/practice basic IRAC and sub-IRAC format
  • Introduce/reinforce when to use and not to use IRAC

Academic Success 1L Workshop #5: Essay Writing (Analysis)

Workshop #5 Dates & Times

Section A/E: Monday, October 1, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section C/E: Tuesday, October 2, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, October 3, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

  • Introduce/reinforce/practice applying rules to facts on an essay exam
  • Introduce/reinforce/practice how to address and respond to ambiguous facts in an essay exam
  • Introduce/practice identifying and remedying common analysis problems on essay exams
  • Introduce/reinforce/practice effective self-assessment strategies

Academic Success 1L Workshop #6: Multiple Choice

Workshop #6 Dates & Times

Section A/E: Monday, October 15, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section C/E: Tuesday, October 16, 4:30pm – 5:20pm
Section B: Wednesday, October 17, 4:30pm – 5:20pm

Workshop Goals/Outcomes

  • Introduce the purpose of multiple choice tests in law school and on the bar examination
  • Introduce how to approach studying for multiple choice exams
  • Introduce/practice basic strategies and tactics for approaching multiple choice questions
  • Introduce how to diagnose and remedy common multiple choice problems