Peer Advisors

The Law School's Peer Advisor Program aims to alleviate the anxiety associated with the law school experience and help every student achieve success at the Law School. Six third-year law students serve as Peer Advisors under the direction of the Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Academic Advising to help first-year students navigate life at the Law School. Peer Advisors are available during office hours to consult on class preparation, time management, life at the Law School and general support. They also coordinate several programs throughout the year for first-year students, offering tips on preparing for class discussions, exam preparation, events during each quarter, course selection, and other related topics.

The Peer Advisor Program has three main features—group workshops, individual meetings, and informal mentoring.

Group Workshops: The Peer Advisors offer a series of workshops to first-year students designed to assist them in adjusting to law school. Typical workshops include the following:

  • a presentation on preparing for class 
  • a faculty panel discussion on preparing for and taking law school exams
  • a panel presentation on what to expect each quarter
  • a panel presentation on learning from grades
  • a presentation on 1L elective course selection

Individual meetings: Students can use office hours discuss concerns related to preparing for classes, understanding their grades, and preparing for exams, as well as general questions about the Law School.

Informal mentoring: The Peer Advisors attend Law School and 1L community events to make themselves available for informal conversations and mentoring.

Office Hours: Peer Advisors will be available during office hours in Room 435 to answer questions you may have.  

Liam Brown

Liam Brown grew up in McKinney, Texas before attending college at the University of Texas. There he studied economics and subsequently completed a Master’s in Business Administration, while pursuing a career in software development.

At the Law School, Liam has served as Professional Development Chair of the Black Law Students Association, 2L Representative of OutLaw, a member of the Law and Technology Society, and Pre-Orientation Leader. Additionally, he serves as an Articles Editor for the Law Review. During his 1L summer, Liam was a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis (virtually) in LA. He returned there for his 2L summer and will be joining the IP Litigation group at Kirkland & Ellis in LA after graduation.

 In his spare time, Liam likes to explore new restaurants and is always trying to find the best sushi spot. He is looking forward to providing any help or advice to those navigating law school for the first time!

Autumn Quarter office hours: Tuesday: 12:15-1:15 p.m., Friday: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
 

Rob Clark

My name is Rob Clark, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the Class of 2024! I grew up in Liverpool, New York. I then attended Binghamton University, where I studied economics and mathematical sciences, and the University of Pennsylvania, where I received an M.A. in economics. I ran a small tutoring business for a year while applying to law school.

At the Law School, I've been involved with several student organizations, including OutLaw, the Law and Economics Society, and the Student Admissions Committee. This year, I am the Founding Executive Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Business Law Review. I am also the Vice President of the Hinton Moot Court Board after competing as a Semifinalist last year.

During my 1L and 2L summers, I was a Summer Associate at Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia. I have also held positions as a Research Assistant for Professor Emily Buss. During my 2L year, I volunteered several hundred hours with the Center for Disability & Elder Law, providing legal services to indigent clients.

Outside of law, I enjoy exploring the fine dining and theatre scenes in Chicago. I look forward to meeting you and serving as a resource as you join the Law School community!

Autumn Quarter office hours: Wednesday: 2-4 p.m.*
*On Wed., Nov. 3, Rob's office hours will be: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Nik Nevin

Nik has wanted to be a peer advisor since 1L year and is looking forward to meeting as many members of the class of 2024 as possible. His favorite Hyde Park restaurant is Uncle Joe’s Jerk Chicken

Autumn Quarter office hours: Tuesday: 4-6 p.m.
 

Caroline Veniero

Caroline Veniero is a 3L from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a degree in History, she did Teach for America in Cleveland before returning to UChicago for law school. She spent her 1L summer as a legal extern to Judge Patricia O'Brien Sheahan in the Circuit Court of Cook County and as a research assistant for Prof. William H.J. Hubbard. She spent her 2L summer working as a summer associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago.

Outside of class, Caroline serves as the Symposium & Reviews Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. She also coaches UChicago's undergraduate mock trial team. When she's not in class, studying, working on the journal, or coaching (it happens!), she enjoys taking barre classes and exploring the city with her friends.

Autumn Quarter office hours: Monday: 2-3 p.m., Wednesday: 11 a.m.-Noon
 

Ellen Wiencek

Ellen is a 3L from Medina, Ohio, a city just south of Cleveland. She studied mathematics and economics at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, and then spent four years working at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., before starting law school.

At the law school, Ellen is an active member of the Chicago Law Foundation, the Law Women’s Caucus, and the Student Admissions Committee. She is also an Articles Editor for the Law Review. Ellen spent her 1L summer working for the Federal Public Defenders for the Southern District of Illinois and her 2L summer working for Sidley Austin in Chicago.

Most weekends, you can find Ellen picnicking on Promontory Point, playing pickleball in Kenwood, or making the latest recipes from the New York Times Cooking app. Ellen loves living in Hyde Park and is excited to welcome you all to the law school!

Autumn Quarter office hours: Monday: 3-5 p.m.
 

Erik Zimmerman

My name is Erik Zimmerman, and I am excited to get to know all the 1Ls! I grew up on a farm in rural Central Illinois before attending college at Southern Illinois University. After graduating from college, I moved to New York City where I pursued graduate degrees (Masters and PhD) in philosophy at The New School for Social Research. During this time I taught classes on gender and sexuality and contemporary French philosophy, and I oversaw the day-to-day operations of an undergraduate residence hall.

I became interested in law school after participating in #blacklivesmatter protests and LGBTQ+ advocacy. I came to law school to gain the tools and experiences necessary to advocate for civil rights and police reform. At the law school, I have had the opportunity to put these tools into action working in the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project clinic. I also served as president of Outlaw, the LGBTQ+ affinity group on campus, and participated in both Hinton Moot Court and Spring Break of Service. I am passionate about public service and was awarded the 2L Public Service award this year for my work in criminal justice and civil rights, as well as my pro bono work at a monthly transgender name change clinic in Chicago.

I have interned at both the Police Accountability Project and in the Federal Defender office in the Middle District of Alabama, where I represented clients on death row in their sentencing appeals. After law school, I hope to work as a public defender and eventually work on civil rights issue related to prisons, policing, and criminal justice.

When I am not at The Law School, I am usually reading (I read 120 books last year), cooking a new dish, or weight lifting at the gym. I am an extrovert who loves being around people so don’t be a stranger and be sure to say “hi!” if you see me around campus or out in Chicago!

Autumn Quarter office hours: Thursday: 2-4 p.m.