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Mentorship Program

First generation students face unique challenges as they seek to adjust to the law school environment and pursue their dreams of legal education.  Balancing school work and family life, handling financial pressures, and dealing with unfamiliar expectations can all be more difficult for first generation students.  Many first generation students have difficulty assimilating and feel isolated not only from other students but also from their families and home communities. Unable to draw upon the experiences and advices of family members, many feel unprepared for the rigorous academic work and personal changes that come with enrollment at a top law school.

Mentorship relationships can address these issues by providing first generation and economically disadvantaged students access to King Hall faculty or staff members who have faced many of the same challenges. Many, including Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso, were first-generation college students themselves.  In addition to giving practical advice to the new students about how to best manage their time, study, and utilize college resources, staff and faculty  mentors offer personal guidance, insight, and fellowship that help students feel at home, make choices that are right for them, and reach their full potential as students and legal professionals.

Staff and Faculty Mentors

Afra Afsharipour

Raquel Aldana

Kelly Behre

Alan Brownstein

Andrea Chandrasekher

Jack Chin

Holly Cooper

Joel Dobris

Chris Elmendorf

Rick Frank

Jasmine Harris

Bob Hillman

Ed Imwinkelried

Judy Janes

Irene Joe

Kevin Johnson

Hollis Kulwin

Peter Lee

Camille Pannu

Amagda Perez

Lisa R. Pruitt

Cruz Reynoso

Leticia Saucedo

Donna Shestowsky

Madhavi Sunder

Clay Tanaka

Rose Cuison Villazor