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News Posted on July 21, 2017

King Hall Welcomes Students for KHOP Summer Session

UC Davis School of Law welcomed 22 new students to the 2017 summer session of the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP). The summer schedule, which began July 8 and includes sessions on July 15, 21, 22, and 29, offers a talented and diverse group of first-generation and economically disadvantaged students a unique opportunity to explore career opportunities in law and receive training designed to help them excel at the Law School Admission Test.

KHOP Students

This summer’s KHOP session includes presentations by Professor Clay Tanaka, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Kristen Mercado, Director of Admission and Outreach Joe Schneider, and Assistant Director of Financial Aid Robyn Reid. Also on the agenda are meetings with Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder, Grace Arupo-Rodriguez ’02, who is assistant deputy director of legal affairs in California Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and three current King Hall students who are KHOP graduates: Angel Castro ’18, Juan Gamboa ’19, and Jessica Martinez ’19.

Established in 2001, KHOP is a unique program that helps first-generation and economically disadvantaged college students prepare for the law school admissions process. In 2016, the program was selected by the American Bar Association to receive the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity. The incoming King Hall Class of 2020 includes nine KHOP graduates.

This year’s KHOP participants include students from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, CSU East Bay, CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, Bethune-Cookman University, University of the Pacific, and UC Davis. Three of those students are participating in the California Community Colleges Pathways to Law Schools Program, a partnership created by the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness that pairs California community colleges with universities and law schools in order to provide outreach to community college students.

This summer's KHOP participants include:

  • Ariella H. Grozbord: planning to graduate from UC Davis in 2018 with a degree in Community and Regional Development, Grozbord completed an internship in Montgomery, Alabama with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she conducted research on mass incarceration. She currently works as a program assistant in the UC Davis Guardian Scholars Program.
  • Pawanpreet Kaur: a 2016 graduate from UC Merced with a degree in Psychology, she is the first in her family to graduate from college. She aspires to be a voice for women and minority groups, especially within her own Sikh religious community.
  • Juan Carlos Quero: a junior at UC Davis, he is a first-generation college student who grew up in Oxnard, California. When not focusing on his studies in English and Sociology, he volunteers for the Yolo County District Attorney's Office Neighborhood Court Program.
  • Karla Tinajero Salazar: a recent graduate from UCLA majoring in Chicano/Chicana Studies, she interned with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and was a founding member of the DACA Project UCLA.
  • Teja Stephens: a 2017 graduate (Magna Cum Laude) from Bethune-Cookman University with a degree in Political Science, Stephens was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta National History Society, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Society, Sigma Iota Rho for International Studies, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.
  • Leslie Gutierrez: a first-generation student from East Los Angeles, Gutierrez is a senior at UC Berkeley. She is involved at in Muxeres Activas en Letras Y Cambio Social (MALCS), the Latino Pre-Law Society (LPLS), and Latinos Emerging in English (LEE). She also interns for Centro Legal de la Raza.