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ONE TO WATCH: DAYNA LOUIE ’19 Dayna Louie ’19 found her passion for the law when she began a position as a legal secretary on a whim, after a series of unsatisfying jobs in accounting and sales. She became a paralegal and then worked at the Marin County Superior Court as a clerk before starting law school. She is a senior staff member for USF Law Review and McAuliffe Honor Society member, was a student advocate in the Employment Law Clinic, and was a participant and later a tutor in the Academic Support Program. She was recently a summer associate at Hanson Bridgett, where she has accepted a post-bar associate position, and was an extern at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board. This spring, she will be a judicial extern to Justice Ming Chin BA ’64, JD ’67 of the California Supreme Court. Did you dream of being a lawyer as a kid? I never did. I did not have any role models in my life who were lawyers. I did not consider working in the legal profession until after I joined a small law frm as a legal secretary. I decided to go to law school because I found there were limits to what I could do in that position, and I wanted to play a larger role in guiding clients through troubling legal issues.

What is one of your most memorable experiences at USF? Being an Academic Support Program tutor. Having been a part of the Academic Support Program during my 1L year, I felt like I was giving back to the USF community in a positive and meaningful way.

Which class has challenged you the most? As a 1L, I found the Criminal Law materials difcult to understand. However, I didn’t want to let the class defeat me. So I read all the cases very carefully, created thorough briefs, took copious class notes, and did lots of practice exams. I ultimately ended up getting the highest grade in the class!

What made your summer at Hanson Bridgett special for you? The highlight was participating in an asylum clinic. I worked with a partner to help a young Guatemalan woman complete the long and complex asylum form. The young woman had been on a waiting list for several months, awaiting the day she could fnally apply for asylum. I was thrilled to take part in such important work.

What was the highlight of your summer as a judicial extern at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board? Attending a live hearing in San Francisco was a very memorable experience. The appellant appeared pro se and the administrative law judge took extra care in making sure the appellant felt like she was being heard. It was great to see a judge who wanted to make sure a pro se party felt like she had her day in court.

What advice would you give new law students? Do not be afraid to ask questions, ask for help, and use all the resources that are available to you. There are so many people at USF who are interested in helping you succeed, but if you don’t ask for help or use the resources, you are not making the most of your legal education.

What is the best way to de-stress as a law student? The best place to get away and de-stress for me is outdoors. I love visiting the ocean and taking hikes in the woods with my husband. n

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