Academic Success Fellows

Spring 2024

* All office hours are held on the main floor of the LRC, unless otherwise noted.

Weekly Handouts

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Weekly Handouts

Fellows Bios

Section A

Constitutional Law I - Professor Claus

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Katia Kehyeyan

Office Hours: Thursday 1:00-2:00 P.M.

Katia Kehyeyan is a 3L from Pasadena, California. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University in 2019. Katia's interest in disability justice and teaching began when she worked alongside adults with developmental disabilities on college campuses. During her law school career, she worked at USD's Education and Disability Clinic and studied abroad at King's College in London. After graduation, Katia hopes to intersect her public interest work with her business background. In her free time, Katia enjoys hot yoga, attending live music events, and painting ceramics.

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Brandee McGee

Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00-5:00 P.M. (in WH 3C)

Brandee is a 3L from Orange County, California. She earned her B.A. in Modern Languages from Rhode Island College in 2012 and M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from NYU's campus in Madrid in 2013. Brandee is the President of PILF and co-chair of DEI SAG. She was recently published in San Diego Law Review's Symposium Issue on Black Reparations, and hopes to land a post-bar job in D.C. with a national public interest organization. Her professional interests include campaign finance reform, abolition, civil and human rights, and workers' rights. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, weightlifting, practicing judo, and cooking.

Contracts - Professor Petrucci

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Matt McDonnell

Office Hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Matt McDonnell is a third-year law student from Dana Point, California. Prior to law school, Matt received his B.A. in Political Economy from USC. Along with his position as an Academic Success Fellow, Matt is the Vice President of the Transactional Law Team and a Comment Editor for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. This past summer, Matt was a Summer Associate at Dentons, and will join their Real Estate Practice Group as an Associate post-bar. In his free time, Matt enjoys surfing, spending time at the beach, and watching sports. 

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Trevor Schrum

Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00-4:00 P.M.

Trevor is a second-year law student from San Diego, California. He has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. He is a member of the Moot Court associate board on campus. Over the summer he worked as a research assistant concurrently with working in a workers compensation defense firm. In the future, he hopes to work in criminal law with a specialization in criminal appeals. In his free time, Trevor enjoys weightlifting, golfing, and hanging out with his friends.

Property - Professor Wonnell

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Danara Greer

Office Hours: Tuesday 7:30-8:30 P.M.

Danara is a second-year Juris Doctor candidate from Missoula, Montana. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, a post-secondary certificate in Global Leadership, and a post-secondary certificate in Philosophy, Politics and Law from the University of Montana. The most meaningful experience of her undergraduate studies was composing her thesis on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) epidemic. Danara is an Associate Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal, a Teaching Assistant for the LWR Department, and she serves on the executive board of the Name and Gender-Marker Change Clinic. Danara is currently working as a law clerk at the civil litigation firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP, and this spring she will be working as a judicial extern for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Outside of the classroom, Danara enjoys playing ukulele, supporting local coffee shops, and spending quality time with her sisters.

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Bea Guzman

Office Hours: Wednesday 8:30-9:30 A.M.

Bea Guzman is a current 3L. Bea is from Venezuela and moved to New York when she was young. Bea loves reading and watching movies, but horror is her favorite genre in both. In terms of my legal interests, Bea hopes to work in policy/advocacy focusing on advocating for mental health patients and survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence.

Section B

Constitutional Law I - Professor M. Ramsey

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Caroline Bulger

Office Hours: Thursday 12:00-1:00 P.M.

Caroline is a 2L from Woodstock, Georgia, who received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia. She spent her 1L summer working for the San Diego Office of the Public Defender and researching for Professor Dov Fox. Caroline is passionate about criminal law and its relationship with civil rights issues. She is Social Chair of the Criminal Law Society, and an Associate Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. In her free time, Caroline loves to hike, read, and hang out with her cat. 
 
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Ferdinando Scappaticci

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00-3:50 P.M. (in WH 2B)

Ferdinando is a 3L student who is a San Diego Native. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) majoring in History and dual minoring in Political Science and Italian Studies. At USD, he is a Parishioner at the Immaculata Church (his favorite place on campus). Ferdinando is fluently bilingual in English and Italian and loves using his status as a San Diego native to recommend great local Italian restaurants or fun things to do to anyone who will listen! In his free time Ferdinando loves playing fantasy football, watching sports, and sightseeing around San Diego.

Contracts - Professor D. McGowan

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Michelle Herbert

Office Hours: Thursday 10:30-11:30 A.M.

Michelle Herbert is a 2L from San Clemente, California. She received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and minor in Spanish from the University of Alabama where she graduated magna cum laude in three years. Michelle spent her 1L spring, 1L summer, and 2L fall working as a law clerk at a real estate litigation practice in San Diego and will continue working there during her 2L spring semester. She will spend her upcoming 2L summer as a summer associate at The Legacy Lawyers in Irvine, California. She is passionate about civil litigation, pickleball, Taylor Swift, and her dog, Bandit. Roll Tide!

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Erin O'Connor

Office Hours: Thursday 4:30-5:30 P.M.

Erin O'Connor is a 2L from Portland, Oregon. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon where she graduated cum laude in 2021. Erin spent her  1L summer and 2L fall working as a law clerk at Romanucci & Blandin LLC - a civil litigation firm in Chicago - and will continue working there during her 2L spring semester.  She is passionate about reading, Taylor Swift, and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Property - Professor Wiggins

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Ashley Pyle

Office Hours: Monday 9:00-10:00 A.M.

Ashley is a second-year student who received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Real Estate from the University of San Diego School of Business. Currently, along with her position as an Academic Success Fellow, Ashley is a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and a member of the San Diego Journal for Climate and Energy Law. Ashley is interested in pursuing a career in real estate and business litigation. Outside of the academic setting, Ashley enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing, and pickleball.

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Raynier Ramos

Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00-11:00 A.M.

Raynier Ramos is a Juris Doctor and Masters of Arts dual degree candidate at the University of San Diego. He received his Bachelor's degree in both Legal Studies and the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, focusing specifically on civil rights issues and how those issues show themselves in art and historical/cultural movements. Raynier is specifically interested in entering education and public interest law. He hopes to do that through civil litigation and advocacy focused positions. He previously interned at the San Diego City Attorney's Office, Civil Division, the USD Education and Disability Clinic, the Sweetwater Union High School District, and the Human Rights Campaign. In his free time he likes to go on hikes, bake/cook, and add to an increasing pile of books that might get read one day!

Section C

Constitutional Law I - Professor Rappaport

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Ryan Haile

Office Hours: Thursday 1:15-2:15 P.M.

Ryan Haile is a Juris Doctor and Masters of International Relations concurrent degree candidate at USD. He received his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Theology, from University of San Diego in 2019. Prior to starting law school, he worked at Qualcomm for 2 years in their government technologies division. Ryan interned in summer 2022 for Qualcomm in their global affairs department, working on policy related matters. Ryan is passionate about National Security and is specifically interested in being involved in policy matters surrounding this topic. Ryan is a member of the Federalist Society where he serves in the role of Secretary for University of San Diego’s chapter. Ryan loves to read, hike, play sports and spend time with his family.

 
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Cesar Serrano

Office Hours: Monday 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Cesar is a second-year law student hailing from Escondido, CA. He earned his B.A. in Political Economy at Williams College. This past summer, he externed for the Honorable William V. Gallo and the Honorable Steve B. Chu at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. In his free time, Cesar likes to read, play video games, work out, and spend time with loved ones.

Contracts - Professor Ferruolo

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Sam Casey

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:15-2:15 P.M.

Samantha Casey is a third-year law student from Chicago, Illinois. Sam originally moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration and Real Estate and minored in Spanish. Due to her love for USD and San Diego, she decided to attend USD Law for her Juris Doctor. At USD Law, Sam is the President of the Transactional Law Team, a Comments Editor for the San Diego Law Review, and the Vice President of the Real Estate and Law Use Society. Last summer, Sam was a Summer Associate at Jones Day and will return as an Associate post-bar. Sam enjoys going to the beach, swimming, walking her dog Riley, and practicing yoga.

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Josh Sarsfield

Office Hours: Monday 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Joshua Sarsfield is a second-year law student from Sunnyvale, California. He received a M.A. in Leadership Development and a B.S. in Business Administration from Chapman University. Prior to law school, he worked in Special Events at Chapman University. At USD, Joshua is an Associate Member on San Diego Law Review, Associate Member on Moot Court, and the Co-Chair for Representatives for Youth in Academic Affairs. Additionally, Joshua was a law clerk at Disability Rights California and an extern for Sweetwater Union High School District. Joshua is specifically interested in education and disability law. In his free time, Joshua enjoys cooking, video games, and tennis. 

Property - Professor Bell

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MaryBeth Ammari

Office Hours: Tuesday 5:00-6:00 P.M.

MaryBeth is a second-year student from Orange County, CA. She received her B.S. in  Diplomacy and International Relations with a minor in Arabic at Seton Hall University. At USD, she is an Associate Member on San Diego Law Review and a 2L Associate on the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team. This past summer, MaryBeth was a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Sammartino at the District Court for the Southern District of California and is pursuing a career in civil litigation post-bar. She enjoys crocheting, reading, and trying new recipes.

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Haley Cordoba

Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-2:30 P.M.

Haley is a 2L from San Ramon, California. She completed her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Arizona. Haley has developed a strong interest in domestic relations while at USD Law, and currently serves on the executive board of the Family Law Society. She has completed internships at Elder Law and Advocacy and the San Diego Superior Court’s Office of the Family Law Facilitator. This semester, Haley will be volunteering at the USD Women’s Clinic. In the future, she hopes to work in family law. Haley has a passion for rescue dogs, and always has a foster dog or two along with her resident pitbull, Tonka.

Section E

Constitutional Law I - Professor M. Ramsey

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Ferdinando Scappaticci

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00-3:50 P.M. (in WH 2B)

Ferdinando is a 3L student who is a San Diego Native. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) majoring in History and dual minoring in Political Science and Italian Studies. At USD, he is a Parishioner at the Immaculata Church (his favorite place on campus). Ferdinando is fluently bilingual in English and Italian and loves using his status as a San Diego native to recommend great local Italian restaurants or fun things to do to anyone who will listen! In his free time Ferdinando loves playing fantasy football, watching sports, and sightseeing around San Diego.

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Avery Pierce

Office Hours: Friday 10:00-11:00 A.M. (on Zoom)

Avery is a second-year Juris Doctor candidate from Wayzata, Minnesota. She received her B.A. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Law and Politics, from the University of Minnesota. The most meaningful experience of her undergraduate studies was her internship with a non-profit called Tubman, during which she advocated for domestic violence survivors. Avery is an Associate Editor for the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Vice President of Trial Lawyers of USD, and was elected 2L Class Representative of the Student Bar Association. This Spring Avery is working as a certified law clerk at the Attorney General's Office, in the Appeals, Writs and Trials Section of the Criminal Division. Outside of the classroom, Avery enjoys film photography, international travel, and spending time with her two cats: Loki and Cleo.