Meet Our Students
Each summer and fall, a team of new students at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law joins the Post-Conviction Justice Project. Second year students Elliott Blufer, Renee Lizarraga, Scott Mills, Lisa Yumi Mitchell, Dorsa Peykar, and Daixi Xu began working in the Project during this past summer under the guidance of Professors Michael Brennan and Heidi Rummel, and administrative assistant Eunice Bautista.
Jason began working for the Post-Conviction Justice Project in the summer of 2013 after completing his first year at the University of Southern California Law School. Originally from Los Angeles, Jason received his B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. Jason looks forward to being a zealous advocate for his PCJP clients.
Laura began working for PCJP in the summer of 2013 after completing her first year at the University of Southern California Law School. Originally from Berkeley, California, Laura attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Finance and International Business. Before attending USC Law, Laura worked for an international development nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Laura looks forward to representing deserving clients and gaining practical legal experience.
Liza was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in college, Liza worked as an Intern Investigator for the Orleans Public Defenders Office. Liza began working for PCJP in the summer of 2013 after completing her first year the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She looks forward to helping deserving clients throughout the post-conviction process.
Shellee is a third year law student at the USC Gould School of Law. She was born in South Korea and grew up in Southern California. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Before attending law school, Shellee worked as a legal assistant in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is excited to continue gaining practical legal experience with PCJP.
Jamie Vogel is a third year law student at USC Law. Originally from Florida, she is a double Trojan, having received a B.A. in Neuroscience, a B.A. in English, and a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2012. Jamie joined the Post-Conviction Justice Project in the summer of 2013 and is looking forward to assisting and working directly with clients.
Jacob is a third year law student at the USC Gould School of Law. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, but went east to Boston to attend Brandeis University, where he received a B.A. In Business in 2012. Jacob started working at the PCJP in the summer of 2013 and looks forward to helping his clients achieve their freedom.
Michael Parente, a 2012 graduate of the law school, worked with the Project during his 2L and 3L years. He represented several clients at parole hearings and was successful in having two parole denials vacated in state court. He is currently an attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.
Dave Radmore graduated from USC Law in 2010 and was admitted to the California bar in November 2010. Dave worked for the Project in his final two years of law school, and, as a clinical fellow he assisted new members of the clinic in addition to representing several clients. Dave helped students with many of the most important aspects of work at the clinic, and provided back-up legal support for the professors when necessary. Dave is now a member of the Litigation group at the Mayer Brown law firm in Los Angeles.
Owen Stewart graduated from USC Law in 2011, and was admitted to the Utah bar in November 2011. Owen worked for the Project from 2009 to 2011, first as a student intern, where he successfully represented several clients before the parole board, then as a student supervisor, where he helped new clinic members with parole submissions and habeas petitions. Upon graduation, Owen moved back to Utah, where he took and passed the bar exam, and began working at the Federal Defender’s Office in Salt Lake City. In October 2011, Owen was awarded the Dorothy W. Nelson Justice Award for his outstanding work in the field of public interest. He now works at the Salt Lake City Public Defender’s Office.