Mid-2000s

Cory's LSAT Class

Corey Harris

Corey's on the far left, along with the rest of my summer 2003 LSAT class -- Olesia, John, Rayen, Tadd, Monika, me and Brynn.  This is one of the many photos I took at Golden Garden Park, on Puget Sound.  If you squint, you can see the snow-covered Olympic Mountains in the background.  

Corey's extensive experience in Latin America -- three different internships in three different countries -- his ability to speak Spanish like a native, and his great grades at Hampton, earned him a blockbuster scholarship at Boston College.

Corey added an LL.M., from Berkeley in 2015, where he was Articles Editor of the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

2018: Corey's in Star Trek territory, boldly going where no one has gone before, if I read the mission statement of Lighthouse Partners Venture Law Fund correctly. He seems to be one of the founding partners of this transnational adventure!

 

Guy Tshiteya and Family

Guy Tshiteya

Guy is one of the many unsung heroes; having escaped from prison during the Mobutu regime, he spent years as a freedom fighter, repeatedly crossing back into the Congo to help others escape. We both agreed that further detail would be dangerous for all concerned.

Theresa and Guy and their three lovely children.  When I visited them in Fort Worth in November, I spent so much time playing with the kids that I barely thanked Theresa for the authentic Congolese dinner she cooked me.  

Guy got a phone call from Rey Aguilar at Utah, and was so giddy at his first acceptance that he called me before he called his wife! In September he wrote,

"I want to thank you again for every thing you have done for me. I owe you my second life. If my family would have had more children to come, I would have named one child after you, just to thank you for what you have done."

2018: Guy is now the head of his own law firm, specializing in immigration law and international adoptions

Medical School Applicant

Quan Dau -- four interviews, four acceptances -- UW, Illinois, Ohio Med, and Drexel.  

"After I was accepted to UW, Drexel also accepted me.  This was surprising because I interviewed there so late that they had given up all their spots and told me the best they could do was put me on the high wait list. It was my latest interview of the year, but it also had the quickest turnaround rate even though I was on their wait list."

Quan is one of the four members of the Dau family dynasty whom I've helped. Nate (a/k/a/ Nhat Dau) settled on Columbia from among the many acceptances: Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, Penn, Duke, Northwestern. It was his undergraduate home, and he's more than willing to return there. In fact, he's still in the Seattle area, bringing babies into the world! 

The next year I helped Quan with medical school. In 2008, sister Tami is turned down Penn Dental (!) to attend UW Dental; she and Quan had almost-joint weddings this year, a week or two apart.

And in 2010 we prepared younger sister Rosie for Pharmacy school. 

Joe got an acceptance to Wisconsin, then followed it quickly with offers from NYU, Michigan and Texas.  He declined to have his face on our web page; he was in the military, and I think he had secrets to hide. But I refuse to let go of one of my favorite emails of all time:

NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU NYU

You get the idea! We're going out to celebrate! Thank you thank you thank you!

José Garcia

José traded in options at Arizona State and Wisconsin for a seat at Loyola Marymount; he had been working for E! Entertainment Network, and was glad to continue living in L.A. and stay connected to the entertainment industry. 

José is still working in "the industry." He's a partner at Blue Sky Labs; and affiliated with Cullen International.

Jose Garcia

Jeff Sunderland

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Jeff and Roxy at Radio City

Jeff lives and works in NY, so he got to spend a few days with me and my employee Roxy at the New York Law Forum.  I forced him to pose with her when she wanted her picture taken outside Radio City Music Hall. There's also a story of a mad dash around the NY Port Authority Bus Station the night Jeff kindly showed Roxy Greenwich Village for me, but we'll save that for one night over drinks.

He wrote,

"I wanted to let you know that I got accepted to GW night school and Indiana Bloomington!

Thanks again for all your hard work on my applications. Clearly, your help has really paid off for me. The good news just keeps rolling in...

2018: It seems that Corey isn't the only alumnus to wander into venture capital. But RJS, Jeff's company, is more involved with real estate and hospitality (hotels?) than technology.

Joe Pipinich

Joe Pipinich

gave me my best compliment as an LSAT instructor: "You rock hardcore!"

Joe and two other LSAT students, Shelley and Jennifer, took a night off to sample the night life.

Joe started off with a rejection -- total bummer, as we used to say.  Fortunately, an acceptance to Miami within 48 hours changed his mood. In June, Tulane made an offer, and the former hockey player headed for an iceless climate.  

After picking up a certificate in Tulane's unique Maritime law program, Joe's now working as General Counsel for North Star Petroleum.

Rodney Tolentino

And I had a trio starting at Michigan in 2008. It gave me a perfect excuse to go visit and have a pastrami on rye at Zingerman's.

Rodney Tolentino is working as an associate at Harris and Associates, back home in California, after devoting some time to community service work.

Raj Bandla is at Locke Lord in Austin, TX, working on affordable housing development.

And John Cooper is too generic a name, and I can't find what he's doing!

Raj Bandla

Raj's acceptance season was the most fun: he got an offer at Fordham just before Thanksgiving. Then he waited patiently to hear from someone else.  On January 12, he ran out of patience: he wrote, "oh sweet jesus, have these people never heard of e-mail????? I need a cigarette."  (I should mention that Raj doesn't smoke.)  By the 13th, he was singing a different tune, literally:

HAIL! HAIL!
TO MICHIGAN THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WEST!!

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