» Student and Alumni Success

“Student and Alumni Success” showcases the diverse interests and accomplishments of various law students and graduates. Although they all share a common degree, they are more than just lawyers. They are entrepreneurs, Presidential Management Fellows, partners and shareholders at major law firms, in-house counsels for multinational corporations, judicial clerks, accountants, auditors, public interest workers, human rights defenders, mediators and much more. Read a few of our alumni and student success stories collected over the years below.

+ - Bradley Schoenleben (JD ’07) helps lead the charge against human trafficking

bradley schoenlebenBradley has worked on the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage children for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers since its founding in 2013.

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+ - Peter Javanmardi (JD ’08) claims $16.6M verdict in wrongful termination and racial discrimination case

peter javanmardiPeter took on the client in 2014 when he founded his firm, Javanmardi Law, PC. The award included $373,514 in economic damages, $2.5 million in non-economic damages, and $13.8 million in punitive damages.

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+ - Franziska Oehm (LL.M. ’16) serves as judge for international Nuremberg Moot Court Competition

franziska oehmFranziska was invited to serve a judge for the international competition, which is open to students from around the globe who are interested in international criminal law. The event is judged by local practitioners and academic experts and held in the historic Courtroom 600.

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+ - Jeremy Jass (JD ’11) obtains a $2.25M verdict in sexual assault case

jeremy jassJeremy obtained the verdict on behalf of a woman sexually assualted by an Orange County sherrif's deputy. The jury in the case found the county liable because of a policy that allowed the deputy to remain on-duty while under criminal investigation for a previous sexual assault complaint. 

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+ - Christopher Navarro (LL.M. ’11) is thriving in rapidly-evolving music law industry

christopher navarroChristopher went from boutique entertainment law firm owner to Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Music Latin Entertainment after participating in Chapman’s Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic.

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+ - Leslie Ivie (JD ’08) finds her passion serving the community as founder of the Restoration Law Center

leslie ivieLeslie founded Restoration Law Center, which provides low- or no-cost services for nonprofits and individuals, in 2015 and has since been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for her work.

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+ - Robert Odell (JD ’12) credits impressive success in the courtroom to Chapman oral advocacy training

robert odellAs a founding partner of Workplace Justice Advocates, Robert and his business partner have secured several multi-million dollar verdicts, including on $25-million whistleblower and wrongful termination verdict against a major medical device company.

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+ - Brandon Willms (JD ’15) jumps into high-profile cases as new Colorado Deputy District Attorney

brandon willmsBrandon puts his advocacy training from Fowler School of Law to use as Deputy District Attorney for two counties in Colorado.

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+ - Diana Day Zivich (JD '07) lands principal position with sports agency thanks to creative networking

diana dayHaving worked her way from on-air sports broadcaster to Principal at an elite full-service sports management and marketing firm, Diana is eager to impart the biggest lesson learned over the course of her career: network early and often.

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+ - Jack Anderson (JD '15) parlays externship into position at Blizzard Entertainment

Jack Anderson in the officeJack found himself in a unique place as the only first-year associate at Blizzard Entertainment after parlaying a hard-earned externship into a full-time position.

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+ - Kalman Hutchens (JD ’08) co-founds local charter school

kalman hutchensKalman, a consumer rights attorney by day, co-founded Kinetic Academy in Huntington Beach in 2016.

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+ - Samantha Dorey (JD ’11) finds niche in big law

samantha doreySamantha handles civil litigation for multi-billion dollar companies at the national firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

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+ - Jeffrey Greenman (JD ’06) proposes new legislation after a case over prescription mix-up

jeffrey greenmanJeffrey will take a recent Southern California case to Sacramento in hopes of bringing about new legislation to change how prescription medications are handled.

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+ - Jason Burris (JD '08) finds national spotlight with unusual elder abuse case

jason burrisJason jumped into the national spotlight with a feature in The Washington Post’s “True Crime” section covering one of his more unusual cases.

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+ - Tracy Theodore (JD ’09) finds passion and purpose as Executive Director of Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation

tracy theodoreTracy joined the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation, which provides empowerment and prevention resources to victims and families impacted by family violence, in 2015.

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+ - Michelle Knowles (JD ’00) receives First Chair Award for her accomplishments as in-house counsel

michelle knowlesMichelle was recognized by her peers in September of 2016 with a First Chair Award, which recognizes the country’s most innovative and accomplished in-house counsel for their achievements and significant contributions to the legal community.  

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+ - Caroline Hahn (JD ’03) elected president of the Orange County Korean American Bar Association

caroline hahnCaroline was elected as OC KABA president after three years as an active board member and nearly 10 years as a general member. 

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+ - Hunter Taylor (JD '07) helps youth find a second chance through literacy as Deputy DA

alumnus Hunter TaylorHunter took a unique approach to his role as a Deputy DA with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, founding and leading Real Men Read, an outreach program for incarcerated and at-risk youth designed to address the correlation between literacy and crime rates.

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+ - Wolfgang Frisch ’97 (JD ’00) joins Chapman Law Board of Advisors

wolfgang frischWolfgang is a Senior Vice-President at UBS Financial Services and has been a member of the Chapman Family since the 1980s.

+ - Sean Bigley (JD '13) finds niche in national security

Sean BigleyJust six months after passing the bar, Sean opened his own law firm dealing exclusively with federal security clearance matters and representing clients in administrative tribunals at agencies like the CIA and Department of Defense.  

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+ - Amanda Singer (JD '13) starts in highly competitive field after graduation

Amanda SingerAmanda Singer became a business owner in the highly competitive mediation field after participating in Chapman's Mediation Clinic.

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+ - Nilima Shah (LL.M. '13) passes California Bar Exam on first attempt

Nilima ShahInternational LL.M. Graduate Nilima Kamal Shah passed the California State Bar on her first attempt with hopes to establish her own immigration law practice in Southern California.   

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+ - Christian McGuigan (JD '10) parlays work in Fowler Law clinics to career in social action film

Christian McGuiganAfter participating in Chapman's Entertainment Contracts Law Clinic, Christian McGuigan became the manager of a social action film campaigns.

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+ - Tiffany Chang (JD '13) pioneers student gay rights organization at Fowler Law

Tiffany ChangTiffany Chang, a recipient of the "Outstanding Graduate Award," pioneered a student gay rights organization while studying at Chapman's Fowler School of Law. 

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+ - Munira Akhunzada (LL.M. '13) lands prestigious position with UN Women

Munira AkhunzadaMunira Akhunzada’s journey from Afghanistan to Chapman and back helped her land a position with UN Women.

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+ - Darrell Greenwald (JD '10, LL.M. '11) pursues solo practice after two degrees at Fowler School of Law

Darrell GreenwaldDarrell J. Greenwald (J.D. '10 & LL.M. '11) founded the A.L.A. Law Group after completing both his JD and LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law at Fowler School of Law.

+ - Kathryn Casey Bonkowski (JD '03) becomes shareholder at Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh

Kathryn Casey BonkowskiKathryn Casey Bonkowski finds her years on Chapman Law Review helpful as a shareholder at Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh. 

+ - Kyndell Paine utilizes networking prowess to land position at Disneyland Resort

Kyndell PaineKyndell traces her success in landing the plum position to her participation in an innovative legislative advocacy course at Chapman, part of the school's Institute of Public Law program.

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+ - Ranna Jahanshai (LL.M. '11) becomes first international student to pass the California Bar exam

Ranna JahanshaiRanna Jahanshai (LL.M '11), originally from London, had to learn three years' worth of material in two months.