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Alumni Association

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Alumni Association

The USC Gould Alumni Association is a community of more than 15,000 alumni worldwide. Its mission is to further the tradition of the Trojan Network by creating and maintaining meaningful connections among alumni and with the law school. All graduates of USC Gould's JD and master's degree programs are automatically admitted to the Association.

Led by a volunteer alumni board appointed by the dean, the Alumni Association oversees a wide range of networking, educational, and enrichment programming throughout the year. We encourage graduates to contact their local leaders to learn more about activities in their area.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE [email protected]

  • Karine Akopchikyan, JD 2015 - President
    Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory and Nastis, LLP

  • Margaret Abernathy, JD 2014 - Vice President
    General Counsel and Head of Operations, Legal/Operations
    Phase Four, Inc

  • Nathan Hardy, JD 2015 - Secretary
    Associate Attorney
    Reed & Davidson, LLP


  • Jerusha D'Souza, LLM 2020 (Mumbai, India)
    Foreign Attorney

  • Varun Nischal, LLM 2009 (New Delhi, India)
    Q&A Advocates

  • Nikita Shankar, LLM 2019 (Mumbai, India)
    Principal Associate

  • Kaifan "Kevin" Zhu, LLM 2018 (China)
    Legal Manager
    Pingan Group

LOS ANGELES COMMITTEE [email protected]

  • Ayano Ichida, JD 1997 - Co-chair
    Law Office of Ayano Ichida

  • Leila Rossetti, JD 2006 - Co-chair
    Senior Counsel
    Anderson McPharlin and Conners, LLP

  • Astrid Anaya, MSL 2022
    Real Estate Program Manager

  • Jose Del Rio, III, JD 2019

  • Jeffery Elder, JD 2012
    Deputy Legal Counsel II
    Southern California Association of Governments

  • Noemi Lujan Perez, BA 1996, MSL 2019
    Chief Strategy Officer
    ECODiversity LLC

  • Joshua Moore, JD 2014
    Coordinator, Casting Administration, Content Legal

  • Jasmine Richter, JD 1999

  • Janet Shamilian, JD 2019
    Associate Attorney
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

NEW YORK COMMITTEE [email protected]

  • Ofunne Edoziem, JD 2008 - Chair
    Associate Attorney, Private Law Practice
    Perkins Coie, LLP

  • Zach Aries, JD 2017
    Associate Attorney
    Shearman & Sterling, LLP

  • Eric Pelletier, JD 2016
    Senior Vice President

  • Morgan Brock Smith, JD 2021
    Associate Attorney
    White & Case, LLP

  • John Stanley, JD 2017
    Associate Attorney
    Dechert, LLP

  • Eun Suk Yang, JD 2020, LLM 2021
    Staff Attorney, IP Desk
    KOTRA New York


  • Lisa Harrington, JD 1993 – Co-chair
    Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
    Viant Technology

  • Janani Rana, JD 2009 – Co-Chair
    Minyard Morris

  • Anitha Cadambi, LLM 2011
    Senior Associate Director and Adjunct Professor of Law
    USC Gould School of Law

  • Annee Della Donna, JD 1988
    Della Donna Law

  • Christie Johns, JD 2002
    Head of West Coast Sales

  • Brianne Kendall, BA 2007, JD 2012
    Associate Attorney
    Jones Day

  • Brian Kim, JD 2019
    Corporate Counsel
    Smile Brands Inc.

  • Jason Lee, JD 2009
    K&L Gates, LLP

  • Fred Thiagarajah, JD 1999
    Principal Attorney
    Right Choice Law, Inc.

  • Anne Waddell, JD 2016
    Managing Associate

SAN DIEGO COMMITTEE [email protected]

  • Robert Theiring, LLM 2019 – Chair
    Associate Attorney, Litigation
    Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

  • Eva Adel, JD 2019
    Associate Attorney
    Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, LLP

  • Whitney Hodges, JD 2010
    Sheppard, Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

  • James Kramer,, JD 2012
    Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP

  • Te-Aira Law, JD 2012
    Associate Attorney
    Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP

SAN FRANCISCO [email protected]

  • Irene Jang, JD 2018 - Chair
    Associate Attorney
    Latham & Watkins, LLP

  • Vanessa Bell, JD 2015
    Associate Attorney
    Kilpatrick, Townsend, & Stockton, LLP

  • John Esparza, MSL 2022
    Counterintelligence Officer
    U.S. Department of Defense

  • Jessie Hewins,, JD 2010
    Interim Director
    Homebase/The Center for Common Concerns

  • Hon. Ronald Stovitz, JD 1967
    Judge Pro Tem
    State Bar of California

WASHINGTON, DC [email protected]

  • Alexandra "Aly" Highsmith, JD 2019 - Co-chair
    Associate Attorney
    Latham & Watkins, LLP

  • Alexander "AJ" Merton, JD 201 – Co-Chair
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

  • Ava-Joye Burnett, MSL 2020
    News Reporter
    WJZ-CBS Baltimore

  • Lauryn Carr, JD 2015
    Agency Counsel
    U.S. Army JAG Corps

  • Jamie De Boer, JD 2013
    Trial Attorney
    U.S. Department of Justice

  • Daniel Koffman, JD 2010
    Business Attorney
    The Veritas Law Firm

  • Brandon Thompson, JD 2019
    Associate Attorney
    Perkins Coie, LLP