Orientation Leaders

Alexandra Green

Orientation Director

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

Undergrad: Howard University

Favorite 1L Class: Criminal Law

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: MingHin in Chinatown has the best dumplings I've ever had. Chinatown as a whole is a great time! 

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Currently, Avatar: The Last Airbender. For comfort binging, I go to Hulu to watch The Golden Girls. 

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Black Law Students Association, Law School Musical, Student Admissions Committee, OutLaw

1L Advice: Ask the dumb questions. It may seem like you're the only one who doesn't get it, but sometimes the "dumb" question is the key to understanding, and not just for you. 

Brennon Nelson

Orientation Director

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Undergrad: University of Utah

Favorite 1L Course: Civil Procedure

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Try all the incredible restaurants and visit the opera.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Narcos - Mexico

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Law Students for the Creative Arts

1L Advice: Work hard; have fun. With any luck, you can do both at the same time!

Ethan Ames

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Undergrad: University of Toledo

Favorite 1L class: Contracts with Professor Ben-Shahar

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Enjoy the lakefront during the summer with my dog.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Office

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: California Law Students Association, OutLaw, Federalist Society, Orientation Leader

1L Advice: Don't fight the hypothetical.

Brian Bornhoft

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Undergrad: University of Arizona

Favorite 1L Class: Torts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Bonfires at Promontory Point

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Ozark

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Spring Break of Service, Human Rights Law Society, Immigration Law Society, Public Interest Law Society

1L Advice: Plan/attend events for the 1L class in Hyde Park before orientation begins!

Jacob Botros

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Favorite 1L Class: Business Organizations

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Cycling along the lake.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Walking Dead

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Black Law Students Association, International Law Society, Texas Law Society

1L Advice: You're going to spend the next three years faithfully studying legal topics. Don't be afraid to continue exploring the world beyond law.

Ryne Cannon

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Santa Ynez, CA

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Favorite 1L class: Torts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Go to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs!

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Community (Netflix), Will and Grace (Hulu)

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: OutLaw, California Law Student Association, First Generation Professionals, American Constitution Society, Student Admissions Committee, Education & Child Advocacy Society

1L Advice: Make time to get out of Hyde Park and enjoy the rest of Chicago. There are incredible places to eat, drink, and hang out all over the city, and exploring them has the added benefit of breaking out of the law school mindset for a little bit. And don't just stick to the Loop either‚ there are dozens of other neighborhoods that are under appreciated by too many students.

Max Freedman

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Westport, CT

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Favorite 1L Class: Civil Procedure

Favorite Thing to do in Chicago: Try new restaurants.

Favorite Netflix binge: The Office

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Jewish Law Students Association, Graduate Council, Federalist Society

1L Advice: These people are going to be your colleagues for life, so you might as well make them your friends too! 

Meera Gorjala

Orientation Leader

Hometown: McDonough, GA

Undergrad: University of Southern California

Favorite 1L class: Property with Professor Strahilevitz

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Go walking near Promontory Point

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Great British Baking Show

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Environmental Law Society, South Asian Law Student Association, Bollywood dance, Law School Musical

1L Advice: Make sure you take time to explore Chicago, get to know your classmates, and bring a warm coat! 

Kelly Gregg

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: Stanford University

Favorite 1L Class: Torts with Levmore

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Explore Hyde Park by walking my very good dog.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Lukewarm, textualist take: many of the best shows are off Netflix and on Hulu or other streaming devices. But, if we're being pragmatists (as we ought to be!) about this question (and therefore including all streaming), then Bob's Burgers, 30 Rock, and Psych are the shows in my constant re-watch rotation.

Student Organizations or other activities you are or have been  involved with at the Law School: Hemingway Society, Hickam's Dictum, Law School Musical, International Law Society, and OutLaw

One piece of advice for incoming students: Be yourself! Study the way (and amount!) that you want to study and do the things you want to do. These are your three years to do as much or as little with as you want. It's so easy to think that there's an ideal law student or ideal way to "do" law school, but there isn't, so just follow what's right for you and you'll have a great time and learn so, so much.

Jacob Johnson

Orientation Aide

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Undergrad: University of Chicago

Favorite 1L Course: Elements of the Law

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Take my dog to Montrose Dog Beach on Sunday Mornings. Explore the city. Go on adventures to different neighborhoods on the weekends.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Office

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Vincent Gambini Society, Intramural Sports: Flag Football, Basketball, Broom Ball, Volleyball

1L Advice: Don't be in a hurry to learn all of the law in your first couple of weeks at law school. Be purposeful about dedicating time to meeting at least some of your classmates and investing in friendships. Some of the people around you will be essential to your success at law school, but also those same people may be friends you will have for the rest of your life.

Andrew Leonard

Orientation Aide

Hometown: Auburn, CA

Undergrad: UCLA

Favorite 1L Class: Torts with Professor Levmore, without a doubt.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring new bars and restaurants downtown.

Netflix Binge Watch: Peaky Blinders

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: I'm in the Doctoroff Program, on the board of the Law and Business Society, and plan to be very involved in the Polsky Center and Booth.

1L Advice: Don't worry if you're not studying or outlining like you're "supposed to" or like you see your peers doing. And remember you're part of a larger grad school - explore and be aware of all that UChicago has to offer!

Olivia Miller

Orientation Aide

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Undergrad: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Favorite 1L Class: Elements of the Law

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Hanging out around Hyde Park‚ especially at Shinju Sushi‚ with friends.

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: Umbrella Academy

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: OutLaw, Law Women's Caucus, AHOY

1L Advice: Study hard, but make time for yourself and for friends.

Elena Musz

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Kalispell, MT

Undergrad: Stanford University

Favorite 1L Class: Criminal Law

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: My favorite Friday night lineup: pizza at Pequod's, brews at the Mousetrap, and Improvised Shakespeare at iO!

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: Better Call Saul

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: First Generation Professionals, American Constitution Society

1L Advice: Keep up with the hobbies that make you feel like you -- run along the lake, play the piano, cook with friends. You will do your best when you feel your best.

Tamara Skinner

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Undergrad: Claremont McKenna College

Favorite 1L Class: Torts with Professor Levmore

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Admire the Chicago skyline from Promontory Point.

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: The West Wing and Jane the Virgin

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Latinx Law Students Association, Student Admissions Committee, the Federalist Society 

1L Advice: Take advantage of the Fall Quarter to get to know your classmates and establish a work-life balance. 

Summer Stevens

Orientation Aide

Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona

Undergraduate Institution(s): Arizona State University

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I really love to just walk around Hyde Park but I think my favorite thing I've done is attend an improved "Shakespeare" performance.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Right now it's Avatar the Last Airbender but that's because I'm feeling nostalgic nowadays.

Favorite 1L class: Torts

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Mental Health Advocacy Project, Law and Economics Society,

1L Advice: I think it's really important to join student orgs that you haven't given much thought to before. You'll meet more people in the law school, develop more connections and friendships, and experience a wide variety of viewpoints that you may not have been confronted with otherwise.

Amber Stewart

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Undergrad: Princeton University

Favorite 1L Class: Civil Procedure

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Check out cool restaurants and bars in the various Chicago neighborhoods.

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: Altered Carbon

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Black Law Students Association, Women's Mentoring Program, Chicago Law Foundation, Impact Initiative, Pro Bono/Community Service

1L Advice: Don't underestimate yourself or your abilities.

Joshua Sullivan

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Easley, SC

Undergrad: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Favorite 1L Course: Property with Strahilevitz

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Running along Lake Shore Park during a morning sunrise. I realize how cheesy that sounds, but nothing beats it.

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Witcher was good (though kinda gruesome).The Boys (though also kinda gruesome). I want to plug Fleabag (but it's on Amazon Prime, not Netflix!). 

Student Organizations or other activities at the Law School: Black Law Students Association and The Federalist Society

1L Advice: Try not to take yourself too seriously. It's easy to get caught up with trying to sound intelligent in class. Or always needing to know the right answer. Law is pretty fascinating if you don't let your self-consciousness get in the way. Enjoy it!