Orientation Leaders

Christian Price

Orientation Director

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Undergrad: University of Washington

Favorite 1L Class: Torts (because of Levmore)

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Run along Lake Shore Drive

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Netflix is cool and all, but I binge watch Desus & Mero on Showtime

One piece of advice for incoming students: Say “yes” to things you usually wouldn’t and lean into new experiences. 

Rebecca Ritchie

Orientation Director

Hometown: Glencoe, IL

Undergrad: Harvard University

Favorite 1L Class: Elements of the Law

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Walk along the lake shore path and the river walk. 

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Grace and Frankie 

One piece of advice for incoming students: Especially fall quarter, take advantage of the opportunities to get to know your class and get out and enjoy the city!

Ethan Ames

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Undergrad: University of Toledo

Favorite 1L class: Contracts, Prof. Ben-Shahar

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Bike on the Lakefront Trail

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Office

One piece of advice for incoming students: Don't fight the hypothetical.

Dane Christensen

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Amory, Mississippi

Undergrad: Brigham Young University

Favorite 1L Class: Contracts with Professor Ben-Shahar

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Surprisingly, going to the beach

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Office and Better Call Saul

One piece of advice for incoming students: Chipotle and 5 Guys make for great 1L comfort food

Kristen Gagalis

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Winchester, MA and Houston, TX

Undergrad: Rice University

Favorite 1L class: Contracts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: try out as many different coffee shops as humanly possible!

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Friday Night Lights (#Texasforever) and The West Wing

One piece of advice: Allow yourself to focus on making friends fall quarter. You can always buckle down academically as it gets closer to finals, and the stress of that is much easier to manage for those who have built their social support network!

Katherine Karnosh

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

Favorite 1L Course: Torts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Go to a Joffrey Ballet performance (students can get tickets for $20(!) and their shows are absolutely amazing)

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Friends 

One piece of advice for incoming students: Don't take any one piece of advice too seriously. Different people do law school in very different ways, and there are a lot of different ways to be successful in law school. Follow any advice that makes sense for you, but don't get caught up trying to do everything exactly the way that someone else did it, and don't think that there's only one right way to be successful in law school.

Claire Lee

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Undergrad: Purdue University

Favorite 1L Class: Constitution Goes to School by Justin Driver (my 1L elective) 

Favorite Thing to do in Chicago: exploring Chicago's neighborhoods to find new coffee shops

Favorite Netflix binge: Parks and Rec

One piece of advice for incoming students: Spend the first few weeks really getting to know Chicago and your classmates outside of the classroom!

Brennan Nelson

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Johnson City, TN

Undergrad: University of Utah

Favorite 1L Course: Civil Procedure

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Visit Lyric Opera

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Narcos

1L Advice: Make good friends, study hard, and try to relax!

Reba Orloff

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad: Tufts University

Favorite 1L class: Contracts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: run on the lakefront and go to City Winery

Favorite Netflix binge watch: The Office

One piece of advice for incoming students: Don't worry about what other people say is the best way to study or approach 1L, follow your gut about what works best for you. 

Mazen Osman

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Lake Grove, NY

Undergrad: Cornell University

Favorite 1L Class: Comparative Legal Institutions

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Eat Chicago dogs at Portillos

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Narcos

One piece of advice for incoming students: Don't take 1L too seriously and enjoy the ride.

Olivia Probetts

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Denver, CO

Undergrad: Northwestern University

Favorite 1L Class: Torts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Explore different neighborhoods

Netflix Binge Watch: Schitt's Creek

One Piece of Advice for incoming students:  Take advantage of the meals with your professors. It's a great way to get to know them outside of the classroom context, and you get a free meal!

Hayden Putre

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Undergrad: University of Georgia

Favorite 1L Class: Siegler's Criminal Procedure II

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Eat

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: Chef's Table

One piece of advice for incoming students: Establish a work balance from the get-go which regularly gets you out of Hyde Park and away from thinking about law school

Lily Ramser

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Turner, Maine

Undergrad: University of Cincinnati

Favorite 1L Class: Bail to Jail

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Walk the park trails on Lakeshore Drive

Favorite Netflix binge watch: It is a tie between The Office and Parks & Rec

One piece of advice for incoming students: Try to do something outside the law school on a fairly regular basis. Whether it is going to the gym, taking a walk, or meeting friends downtown, having something to do outside the confines of the law school helps maintain perspective.

Kaleigh Ruiz

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh

Favorite 1L Course: Criminal Law I with Professor Masur

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Pilsen Art Walk

Favorite Netflix binge watch: Dexter

1L Advice: Make time for stress relief and fun!

Kevin Solove

Orientation Leader

Hometown: Lake Worth, FL

Undergrad: University of Florida

Favorite 1L Class: Torts

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Go to a Cubs game

Favorite Netflix Binge Watch: Any Arrowverse show

One Piece of Advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Professors are very amenable to staying after class to answer any and all questions, and are extremely helpful in office hours. In my experience, your classmates are helpful too: you're all in this together!