University of San Diego School of Law Commencement 2022

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The Sixty-Fifth


May 21, 2022


The Sixty-Fifth

School of Law Commencement PROCESSIONAL MACE BEARER Herbert I. Lazerow, AB, JD, LLM, DESS, Professor of Law PROGRAM ANNOUNCER Gail F. Baker, BS, MS, PhD, Vice President and Provost COLOR GUARD NROTC San Diego NATIONAL ANTHEM Alyssa Nicole Alarab, Class of 2022 INVOCATION Michael Lovette-Colyer, BSBA, MDiv, MBA, PhD, Class of 2013 Vice President, Mission Integration PRESIDENT’S GREETING James T. Harris III, BEd, MEd, DEd, President DEAN’S REMARKS Robert A. Schapiro, BA, MA, JD, Dean and C. Hugh Friedman Professor of Law PRESENTATION OF THORSNES PRIZES Margaret A. Dalton, BA, JD, Class of 1994, Vice Dean and Professor of Law Corina Thorsnes 2021-22 THORSNES PRIZE FOR OUTSTANDING LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP Roy Brooks, BA, JD, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law 2021-22 THORSNES PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING Gail Greene, BS, JD, Professor of Legal Writing ADDRESS TO GRADUATES M. Margaret McKeown, BA, JD, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit STUDENT ADDRESS Martha J. S. Nelson, Class of 2022 CONFERRAL OF DEGREES Dean Robert A. Schapiro ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF CANDIDATES President James T. Harris III Dean Robert A. Schapiro WELCOME FROM THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Carolina Bravo-Karimi, BA, MSc, JD, Class of 2008, President, Law Alumni Board RECESSIONAL 3


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About the University of San Diego School of Law Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation. USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

USD Mission Statement The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

Michael T. Thorsnes Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship and Excellence in Teaching The Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship is awarded to a faculty member selected by the dean to recognize significant legal research that results in a published book. The Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to a full-time faculty member based on a vote of upper-division students. The prize recognizes a faculty member for extraordinary effectiveness in assisting students, both inside and outside the classroom, with mastering legal subject matter, thinking deeply about legal issues, and significantly improving their analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills. Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Thorsnes created these annual prizes in gratitude for the legal education Mr. Thorsnes received at USD School of Law.

Student Awards After final grades are published, several students receive distinguished awards for exemplary performance in academic and co-curricular activities: Judge Gerald Brown Progress Award • For the student with the greatest increase in grade point average — first to third year Irvin J. Kahn Award • For the outstanding student in real property courses Virginia C. Nelson Graduation Prize in Advanced Advocacy • For outstanding efforts and distinction of earning the highest grade in Advanced Trial Advocacy Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton, LLP Award • Highest GPA in the Labor and Employment Law concentration Scholarship Award for the Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average, Full-Time Division Scholarship Award for the Highest Cumulative Grade Point Average, Part-Time Division 4

Alec L. Cory Pro Bono Award • For contributions to pro bono causes during law school Michael T. Thorsnes Trial Advocacy Award • For outstanding performance on the National Mock Trial Team

University Seal Every institution of higher learning prides itself on its seal, an emblem incorporating the history and finest traditions of the college. Each device pictured on the seal holds a special meaning. The seal adopted by the University of San Diego is a combination of the seals of the two founding institutions, the San Diego College for Men and the San Diego College for Women. The three rings represent the Holy Trinity; the dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The lamp of learning is on the right and the laurel of excellence and achievement is on the left. Below it is the stew pot or Spanish olla, the symbol of St. Didacus’ role of feeding the poor and sick in Alcalá. The three nails have been used traditionally by the Franciscans, the original missionaries to San Diego, as the symbol of the Passion of Jesus Christ. The motto, Emitte Spiritum Tuum, which means Send Forth Thy Spirit, was taken from Psalm 104, which reads: “Thou shalt send forth thy spirit and they be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.”

University Mace Although the ceremonial mace may have been military in origin, in American higher education the mace has long been the symbol of awesome responsibility. A burden of the highest calling, it signifies the protection of truth and the transmission of knowledge to young minds. For that reason, a mace is substantial and pure, therefore typically sterling silver. In addition to silver, the University of San Diego’s mace is also comprised of a shaft of walnut, a wood common to Spain, the country that inspired the university’s Renaissancestyle architecture. The University of San Diego’s mace was created in 2003 and unveiled at the November 16 inauguration of former President Mary E. Lyons. The flame, which caps the lantern of truth, is reminiscent of USD’s architectural ornament, the omnipresent finial. The flame is also symbolic of the human mind and its burning quest for knowledge. One side of the mace is inscribed with the university’s monogram, the design of which was adopted in 1972 at the time of the merger of the two colleges. The other side is inscribed with the university’s seal, which in 1997 was designed as the perfect merging of the seals that represented the original institutions, the San Diego College for Men and the San Diego College for Women. Appropriately, the merging of the seals into one exemplifies one of USD’s founding mottos, “That all may be one.” The university’s ceremonial mace, in turn, honors the motto on the seal, “Send Forth Thy Spirit.”



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Academic Regalia The custom of wearing a “cap and gown” originated in the Middle Ages when academic dress was mandated for both students and faculty of European universities. The cap and gown, in addition to indicating scholarly status, also served to keep students and professors warm in unheated buildings of the earliest universities. Most of the attire you will see today follows the American conventions for academic regalia—conventions that originated at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The bachelor’s gown has long, pointed sleeves; the master’s gown has oblong sleeves open at the wrist; and the doctoral gown has full, bell shaped sleeves with three bars of black velvet. The cap for bachelor’s and master’s degree holders is a “mortarboard,” a stiff, black hat, flat on top. Doctoral degree holders wear a soft velvet “tam.” Perhaps the most important element of academic regalia is the hood, the length and intricacy of which depend on the academic degree of the wearer. The velvet trim around the hood indicates the academic degree and the satin lining of the hood represents the institution where the degree was earned. University of San Diego School of Law graduates wear hoods lined in Torero Blue and Alcalá White with purple velvet trim indicating the graduate’s law degree. Many American universities have their own distinctive robe, often multicolored, or have a single color rather than black. Among the faculty and administrators in the procession today, you may see people wearing robes in various colors that indicate their alma mater’s distinctive robe. At this commencement you may also see academic dress that follows other, very different national traditions, because USD’s faculty includes professors who hold advanced degrees from universities in other countries.

Regalia Accessories A number of other items such as cords, stoles, medals, or medallions representing various academic achievements or other honors may also be worn at the discretion of degree-granting institutions. Honor cords usually consist of twisted cords with tassels on either end. They may be awarded for various academic achievements, to members of honor societies, or for distinguished extracurricular service. With cap, gown and hood, the honor cord complements the regalia of the law school candidate. Unlike hoods, tassels and stoles, custom allows more than one cord to be worn at the same time. At today’s ceremony, you will see the white honor cord which represents exemplary pro bono service for students who complete a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono legal service during their law school career, and the blue and white knotted cord which represents exemplary pro bono service with high distinction for students who complete a minimum of 250 hours of pro bono legal service during their law school career.


Students may also be wearing other honor cord colors which represent the following student organizations, advocacy groups, or journals: Advocates for Children and Education, Magenta American Constitution Society, Mint Green Anime and Manga Law Society, Emerald Green Appellate Moot Court Board, Purple and Silver Intertwined Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Lilac Black Law Students Association, Special Gold Business Law Society, Peach Christian Legal Society, Red Client Advocacy Team, Teal and White Intertwined Consumer Attorneys of USD, Olive Green Criminal Law Society, Hunter Green Employment and Labor Law Society, Nile Green Environmental Law Society, Kelly Green Federalist Society, Maize/Light Yellow First Generation Legal Professionals, Rust Health Law Society, Purple Immigration Law Society, Turquoise Intellectual Property Law Association, Pink International Law Society, Teal Jewish Law Students Association, Navy Blue La Raza Law Students Association, Orange Law Students for Cross-Racial Understanding, Wine Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Silver Military Bar Association, Royal Blue Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic, Light Lavender National Lawyers Guild, Citrus Green National Trial Team, Red and Black Intertwined Older Wiser Law Students, Green Phi Alpha Delta, Purple and Gold Intertwined Phi Delta Phi, Red, Blue, and Gold Intertwined Pride Law, Cyan Pro Bono Legal Advocates, Gold and White Intertwined Public Interest Law Foundation, Lavender Real Estate and Land Use Society, Copper Saint Thomas More Society, Red San Diego International Law Journal, Lavender and Maroon Intertwined San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law, Royal Blue and Kelly Green Intertwined San Diego Law Review, Silver and Navy Blue Intertwined Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Maroon/Burgundy Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Drab Student Bar Association, Royal Blue and White Intertwined Tax Law Society, Gold Transactional Law Team, Black and Light Blue Intertwined USD Family Law Society, Brown USD Law Democrats, Burnt Orange Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Gold and Dark Green Intertwined Women’s Law Caucus, Light Blue 7


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Commencement Committee Roger Pace, PhD, Office of the Vice President and Provost, Co-Chair Coreen Petti, University Events and Partnerships, Co-Chair Jennifer Lee Aller, Student Affairs Charles Bass, Alumni Relations Hilary Beggs, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Stephanie Zaren Castro, University Events and Partnerships Linda Dews, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Mike Dils, University Mobility and Scheduling Lisa Fernandes, University Advancement Amanda Ford, NROTC Anna Garretson, University Marketing and Communications Kacy Hayes, PhD, Knauss School of Business Shyen Hirabayashi, Associated Students Benn Joyce, Professional and Continuing Education Ron Kaufmann, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences Capt. Quinton Kawahara, Public Safety Mary Kruer, University Ministry Jake Kuennen, Athletic Facilities and Operations Frances Laviscount, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Merrill Marker, Student Affairs Facilities Sgt. Henry Marquez, Public Safety Rachelle Martinez, School of Leadership and Education Sciences Andrew McMillin, University Advancement Sabrina Nelson, Center for Student Success Marissa Newman, School of Law Carol Norman, Hospitality Services Rick Olson, PhD, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering Renda Quinn, Parent and Family Relations Stephanie Reighley, University Advancement Sybilla Robison, One Stop Student Center Emma Rojas-Liseski, Parking Services Mariann Sanchez, Graduate Student Life Rachelle Sanders, Office of the Registrar Michael Sauer, Digital Communications Kristin Scialabba, PhD, Office of the Vice President and Provost Carol Scimone, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Reuel Shivers, Office of Graduate Records Cheryl Shoemaker, Hospitality Services Elizabeth Silva, Office of the Registrar Patrick Simon, University Marketing and Communications Gretel Sosa, Parent and Family Relations Rosemary Stallbaumer, Student Financial Services Jim Thrailkill, USD Torero Store Thu Tran, General Services Ching-Fang Tu, Office of the Registrar Samuel White, Graduate Student Council 8

Master of Laws

with a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law

Master of Laws in Taxation

Stephanie S. Germani

Devon Joseph Arabo* Sahar Bijan* Brandon Michael Burger* Justin Barker Cantwell Jennifer Kathryn Conklin* Erin Mariah Conway Alexandrea H. Hanna* Michael W. Hervey* Kaycee Rae Link Cory A. Melendrez Jorawer Singh Mundy* Nareg Pirjanloo* Sarah Elizabeth Roa* Phillip Hoang Tran*

Master of Laws in Comparative Law

Master of Science in Legal Studies

Joshua M. Spandy*

Master of Laws in International Law Hoori Khandani*

Master of Laws in Business and Corporate Law

Hanna Ahmad Adel Alasmari* Mohammed Saleh Alghamdi Ahmed Alhaddad* Omar Abdulmohsen Almassad* Faisal Abdulaziz Almutlaq* Shafi Abduiiah S. Alqahtani Hammam Ali Alrasheed* Moayed Abdulrahman Althagib* Cynthia Ekeng Henshaw Leonardo Husid Rommy Luz Isique-Balbin Il Doo Jeong* Enrique Santos* Puja Sarkar* Céline Schmid Khyra Scholze* Abdulelah S. Shukr*

Kayla Marie DiLullo Marvin Herman Heinze

Juris Doctor Olivia Bernadette Adam Jasleen K. Ahluwalia Kiana Ajir Alyssa Nicole Alarab Mohamed Sami Aldossary Edoardo Leonardo Amari di Sant’Adriano Evan Ilija Andersen Christopher Thomas Angelich Briana Michelle Antuna Timothy Scott Aram Lissette Natalia Alejandra Argoud Matthew J. Arms Brooke Marie Arthur Ellen H. Atkinson Jasmine Baboldashtian Jinshi Bai Colten D. Ballinger Sabrina E. Barr Kenneth Stanley Bostwick

*Requirements completed December 31, 2021



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Jordan Bourque Mary Grace Braun Yannick Bretschneider Hamlianne R. Bridgeman Elizabeth Ann Buckle Heather Star Buechner Shannon Nicole Cahill Bryce William Calabria Traci Lynn Campbell Rachel Anne Campos Jacob Thomas Carbajal Kristin Noelle Carbone Denise Carrillo Chloe Bryn Elizabeth Casciola Joshua Fernando Cervantes Preston A. Chaffee* Ian Si-An Chan David Cheong* Steven Michael Chobotov Patricia Diedrich Clark Sophia Joelle Coffey Cameron Chase Connelly Ciara Rochelle Cooper Sean Nicholas Costa Benjamin M. D’Alton Colleen Elizabeth Daly Carys Taylor Davies Gwendolyn K. Davis Tyler de la Peña Rami Dennaoui Kenneth P. Dolitsky Christy Ann Dresch Christopher Dugan Brennan Willem Edwards Brooke Engel Brian Temple Eskow Darren Michael Ewing Michelle E. Felts Nicholas Angelo Fennell Adrielli Ferrer Sarah M. Fix AnaJolie Foster Natalie Zgheib Fournier Joelle Nanette Foxwell Liam Nalu Gaarder-Feingold

Mariane Fitryani Gantino Sarah Grace Garbuzov Marcel Garcia Matthew Ray Garnica Danny L. Gatto Taylor M. Gee Jonathan Michael Gil Kristen N. Gilleon Grace Ryan Gilman Jacob Weise Goldschlag Aisling Joy Gorman Christy M. Goudamanis Sina Govashiri Elliott James Greb Jonathan M. Greenbergs Connor Grant Greth Max Aaron Gruenberg Wesley Robert Haley Lea Nicole Halvin Taylor Kaur Hamer Alison L. Hansen Mark S. Harris Kerry Elizabeth Hayden Kyle Mark Headrick Leslie A. Hennessy Mikaila Cristian Hernández Lauren Jane Hoffman Cameron Allan Holl Amy Danielle Holmes Hayley P. Hornafius Harrison Hought Lindsey M. Jacques Nancy E. Jamison Anya T. Janssen Diana Rami Jekki Kaitlyn Rose Jensen Kirstin A. Jensvold-Rumage Sana Jodayri Ali Ashrafi Jordan Lee Jones Lucy Jones Dalal Kaddoura Jason Kandah Sabrina Kaplan Tanvi Kardile D. Alexander Kat *Requirements completed December 31, 2021


Jacob Hokin Katz Joel Arthur Kaufmann Charles Adam Kausen Jonah P. Kavanaugh Meena Kaypour James Edward Keegan Johnathan K. Keller Jordan Leigh Kellogg Sanam Khajenoori Minjung Kim Matthew Seungyeol Kimn Ashley Nicole King Grant Mitchell Klasna Allan Andrew Knight Yulian Y. Kolarov Lauren Renee Kownacki Amanda Kruse Anna Kukharenok Marissa Claire Lebert Christine Marie Michel Lentz Karen Marie Lindow Valerie Victoria Lopez Shelby Rose Lorenzi Alaina Nicole Lynch Adrian Roshawn Lyons Maximilian Chase Mabile Oliver Earl Maize Therese Angela Marcelo Madison McKenzie Marder Erin Nicole Martinek* Brisa Ariana Martinez Claudia Carmel Mascari Austin L. McCall Matthew C. McDermott Kendall McKee Kathryn Pearl Mefford Jonah M. Mekebri Alana Lee Mellgren Jenna Marie Misuraca Paloma Helena Monesi Alec James Morgan Kendra J. Muller Shannon Leigh Munemura Kevin Michael Murphy Kristina Lily Nakao

Rosa S. Namgoong Jeffrey M. Nellis Ronan Andrew Nelson Martha Jensen Smith Nelson Cameron Robert Neubauer Rami Noeil Emiliano Buster Nunez Michael David Nunez Emily Joy Oetting Angela Jean O’Hara Hannah Christine Ohman Harry Patrick O’Neill Katelyn Elizabeth Pascucci Nicholas D. Paúl Sophia R. Petrichenko Kyle J. Pettine Win Pham Allison Sage Plette Danielle Antoinette Pompeo Jake Elijah Posnock Austin S. Prewitt Lily Leila Purqurian Sean Alan Reed Julia Nicole Reilly Jessica Lee Remlinger Rachel Anne Rockwell Lucia Caroline Chahna Rose Mondona Mona Rostami Lauren Marie Rubio Kyle A. Rudolph Sheridan Alexandra Ruf Morgan Alexander Ruiz Kelsie Elaine Russell Nicole Saab Abigail Catherine Saddler Alejandra Estefania Salceda Cendejas Todd A. Sayles Trent Daniel Scheurman Alexander Adrian Schindler Anna C. Schwartz Yuki E. Sekine Kelley Renee Sheehan Benjamin Louis Sheinman Phillip Michael Shelton Tarik J. Shoukeh *Requirements completed December 31, 2021



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Graham Andrew Simmons Erica Cherise Skerven Ashley Alexandra Snook Nyasha N. Soda Mead Dashiell Solomon Divya Devi Sriharan Michael David Staight Oliver Peter Stallmach Tristan G. Stidham* Erin Kathleen Sully Sterling Shae Swift Gregory Reynolds Sylvester Lindsey K. Tanita Samuel Leslie Tari Jasmine Marie Tauer Jordan Alexander Teja Ashley Thompson Lydia Vo Tran Rachel Minh Thao Tran Brittany Lauren Tufenkjian Auston Powell Turman Madhavan Srinivasan Vajapeyam Sheila Vajdi

Emaleigh A. Valdez Tess Charlotte van Hulsen Fernando D. Vargas Lesli Michelle Venegas Hernandez Connor Day Vermeys Joseph A. Vetti Julie M. Voorhes Minh Hieu Thi Vu Lauren Nicole Wade Ashley Elisabeth Walters Allison Anne Washburn Joseph A. Welsh Jennifer Laura Wilczynski Morgan H. Williams Frannie Winters Aaron Markus Woods Bryan Michael Wyman Isabella T. Wynn Ziran Xuan Anayeli Zavala Hayley K. Zech Zhouming Zhu Courtney Ryle Zuniga

The above list constitutes all students who have declared the corresponding graduation date and requested that their names and degrees appear in the commencement program. It is not a certified list of degree recipients.

*Requirements completed December 31, 2021




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Welcome to the Alumni Association! Today, you join more than 16,500 law alumni and 75,000 total USD alumni as a member of both the Law Alumni Association and universitywide Alumni Association.

Alumni Association benefits include: • Invitations to regional alumni events and programs • Lifetime access to #HireUSDLaw and the Office of Career and Professional Development for job postings, resume services, Westlaw and Lexis career libraries, and career resources/guides • Lifetime access to the Pardee Legal Research Center and Copley Library • Free facility pass to the Sports Center and Mission Fitness Center for one year after graduation and lifelong access at a discounted rate • Discounts for USD athletics, Torero Store, Outdoor Adventures, Bartell Hotels, Professional and Continuing Education, movie theaters, southern California attractions and more • The Advocate–the annual law school magazine, The Docket–the law school’s monthly e-newsletter, and the USD Magazine.


Next steps: • Update your contact information • Connect with alumni by region • Participate in alumni events and programs • Join an Alumni Affinity Network • Stay up-to-date on alumni news • Join T.E.A.M. – Torero Employer and Alumni Mentors Expand your network and connect on an exclusive online alumni platform that fosters connections, referrals, professional advice, and meaningful career conversations. • Support scholarships, fellowships, clinics, centers and institutes • Request your official USD Alumni Association membership card

Alumni snapshot: • USD law alumni live in 60 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia • The top five international countries for USD law alumni are Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada and Mexico • Top states for USD law alumni are California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Virginia, and Texas • More than 11,000 USD law alumni reside in California • The top five California counties for USD law alumni are San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside/Bernardino and San Francisco • You are now part of a global USD alumni network

Congratulations, Class of 2022!


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