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Outreach Coordinator Pacific Legal Scholars Program
Dr. Cindy Ostberg
Professor of Political Science Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program & Pre-Law Advisor
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211

Student Profiles

Anastasya Uskova

Anastasya Uskova

Anastasya was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars program and majored in Graphic Design.  While at Pacific Anastasya traveled with a professor to China to do research. She also participated in the national Cut & Paste design competition. Anastasya completed an internship with the San Joaquin County Bar Association where she was able to integrate her graphic design talent and her legal talent to help create a new logo for them. According to the Director of the Bar Association, Rebekah Burr-Siegel: "Anastasya was a joy to work with. She developed a richly symbolic logo that perfectly represents our organization. It's a rare treat to work with someone with interests in both graphic design and the law." Anastasya received the Outstanding Graduate Award in the Art and Graphic Design department as well as in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program.

Anastasya attends McGeorge School of Law. She was offered the highest award granted to McGeorge students, the Kennedy Scholarship, which pays for three years of law school tuition and the cost of first-year of books. Anastasya is interested in a career that incorporates international law and intellectual property, as well as art and design.

Anastasya described her experience in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program: "Through this program, I was not only informed about the real rigors of Law School, but I was also given an invaluable advantage in understanding how to work with, and love the law."

Kelly Volkar

Kelly VolkarKelly was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars program and majored in English, with minors in Pre-Law, Philosophy, and French.  She completed internships with the San Joaquin County Bar Association and the San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office. Kelly also had several on-campus jobs: Building Manager for the DeRosa University Center, Tutor for the Educational Resource Center, and Copy Editor for the Pacifician. She was a member of Pacific's Speech & Debate Team and national honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega Greek Leadership, and the Pre-Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. She graduated summa cum laude and received the Outstanding Graduate Award and Highest GPA Award in the English Department as well as the Outstanding Graduate Award in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program.

Kelly was accepted into McGeorge School of Law and was offered the Kennedy Scholarship. She was also accepted into the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she is a student. Kelly was awarded an Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Fellowship to use for law school. ALD is the national academic honor society for first year students, and awards fellowships to members who have maintained high academic performance during their undergraduate years. Kelly has recently worked for the prestigious law firm of O'Melveny & Myers in San Francisco, and received a judicial clerkship with Judge Richard Tallman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kelly described her experience in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program: "I don't have any lawyers in my family, and I never knew any before the PLS program. I had no idea what Law School was like, and little idea what to expect out of the career I hoped to go into beyond what I had seen on TV. I find myself more prepared than the average student in my entering class, and it is all due to the experience and knowledge I gained as a Pacific Legal Scholar. I can't recommend it enough."

Minhchau Dinh

Minhchau DinhMinhchau "Minnie" Dinh completed the 4+3 Legal Scholars Program and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability. While at Pacific, she presented her legal research at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference, served as a panelist on Asian Pacific Islander community issues at the National Communication Association Conference, and delivered two PURCC (Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference) presentations regarding biology and economics.

During her time in the Legal Scholars Program Minhchau also participated in two fellowships. In the summer of 2009 she work on K-12 Education initiatives in Washington, D.C. with the Asian Pacific Islanders civil rights organization OCA and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. In 2011, she was a Policy and Law Fellow for the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA), where she took graduate courses in public policy and law for seven weeks at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Minhchau received the Outstanding Graduate Award for the 2012 Legal Scholars class.

Minhchau works with the Pacific Ambassador Corps Fellowship through the University of Council of Social Entrepreneurs. She has been in Central Vietnam working on public health and microfinance initiatives. In the future she intends to apply for a joint JD/MPP degree in law and policy.

Christopher Buller

chris buller

Chris was the first engineering student to graduate from the program. Chris was a Powell Scholar, and won the 2013 Senior Project for Civil Engineering while serving as project manager. Working with the non-profit group Water and Education International, Chris helped design a school in Haiti. Chris interned at Miyamoto International where he learned about seismic engineering design. He is currently working at the engineering and consulting firm HDR, inc. as a Water Resource Engineer, specializing in dam safety. Chris is certified by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians to perform rope access work.

Kathleen Shoga

Kathleen Shoga

A member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta, Kathleen graduated with a degree in computer science. While at Pacific, Kathleen interned at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and was the lead developer for the libmsr library and msr-safe kernel model now used in the Tri-labs Operating System. She was System Administrator for Team Venus, University of the Pacific's supercomputing team. Kathleen did extensive research at Pacific, and assembled LittleFe 6 node Beowulf style portable computational clusters as a Professor's Assistant. Kathleen also co-wrote a research publication, Whitelisting MSRs with msr-safe.

Pacific Legal Scholars on the Move

Bryce McLaughlin

Bryce McLaughlin was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars Program, and graduated summa cum laude in Music Management. He was the first student recipient of a Pacific Innovation Grant Fund, and participated in several independent research projects, such as the Artist Rights Workshop and the Music Business Guidance and Assessment Program. His research has been published by the Berkeley College of Music's The Music Business Journal, and he presented his research at the Phi Alpha Theta History Conference. He is the founder and CEO of Key Man Group, a non-profit corporation that helps musicians around the world become successful in today's music business. Bryce is a current student in Pacific's MBA program.

Bonnie Wheeler

Bonnie Wheeler was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars program and graduated magna cum laude in Business, with a concentration in Business Law. She founded the Pacific Global Law Brigade club and successfully led a group of Pacific students to Panama to help indigenous people with legal work. She was a member of Pacific's Greek Judicial Review Board, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was also a member of several national honor societies, such as Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Bonnie is a law student at UCLA.

Julia Sweeney

Julia Sweeney was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars program and majored in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. She studied abroad in Spain and completed an internship in Washington D.C. for Senator Barbara Boxer's office. Julia completed research and presented her findings at the Midwest Political Science Conference. She also worked for the Students with Disabilities office and the Educational Research Center on campus. Julia was accepted into the highly selective Teach for America program, and taught in the Mississippi Delta. Julia has plans to attend law school.



Nabeel Cajee

Nabeel Cajee was in the 3+3 Legal Scholars program, and completed a self-designed major of Science and Conscience, and also studied pre-dentistry. He was the Executive Director and founder of Stockton 2020, the nation's first youth-based library advocacy movement to promote reinvestment in local libraries. He served as a research assistant to a Pacific Sociology professor, and co-presented the findings at the Conference of the Pacific Sociological Association in Seattle, WA. While at Pacific Nabeel assisted a Biology professor in research, which contributed to her academic papers and will be published. He also helped develop a dental device for elderly individuals with disabilities. Nabeel is attending the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.


Anthony GarciaAnthony Garcia majored in Communication with a minor in Pre-Law. He has a beautiful Tenor voice, and sang in Handel's Messiah for the Stockton Choral and several other productions throughout his undergraduate career. Anthony participated in an internship with Judge Murray at the San Joaquin County Courthouse during his junior year, and subsequently conducted undergraduate research for Judge Murray. During his senior year, Anthony served as President of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-law fraternity on campus. He is attending Georgetown University Law School.

Ann Mc Adams

Ann Mc Adam

While at Pacific Ann was a member of the social sorority Delta Delta Delta and the professional pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. In the summer of her sophomore year, Ann received the Pacific Fund Summer Research Fellowship Grant for a research paper about foster care in the United States. Her mentor for this project was Dr. John Myers, a professor at McGeorge School of Law. In the Fall of her Junior year she studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain. That same year she became a member of Phi Kappa Phi honors society, and was chosen to serve as a student vice president. She was also inducted into Beta Gamma sigma, the leading Business honors society, and named Outstanding Graduate in the Pacific Legal Scholars Program. Her plans for life after graduation include working at Bowman while studying for the CPA exam. She plans to attend law school once she has become a licensed CPA so that she may enter the field of tax law.

Kyle Sasai Delivers Hope to Local Students

Kyle Sasai

Kyle Sasai is a Political Science major in the Pacific Legal Scholars program. Kyle has spent much of his time at Pacific developing HopeStreet, which is a program that delivers backpacks with school supplies to eighth grade students at Cleveland School in Stockton. Kyle and several of his fellow Pacificans speak to the Cleveland students in small groups, giving them words of advice about high school, college and reaching for their dreams. HopeStreet is intended to encourage middle school students to receive their high school diploma and pursue a college degree. The Record and News 10 has covered HopeStreet, and Kyle has been invited to speak at their promotion ceremony.

Kyle credits much of the success of his HopeStreet project to the support he received from the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, particularly from his advisor, Dr. Dylan Zorea, and the program Director, Dr. Cynthia Ostberg. Kyle stated: "The Legal Scholars Program has not only enhanced my legal knowledge, but also has set a foundation for law school, which helps in the classes I am taking now. I have learned valuable legal writing skills that have been useful in internships. In addition, I have received insight by being exposed to the law through events and visiting law firms." Kyle is currently in a Master's program here at Pacific.
Read more about Kyle Sasai and HopeStreet

Daniella Green

Daniella Gree

While in the Legal Scholars Program, Daniella was inducted into the Order of Omega, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and served as the President of the Knolens Chapter of Mortar Board for the 2013-14 academic year. She was a 4-year student athlete as a member of the Tiger Dancers. She

was also a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and was named the 2012-13 Greek Volunteer of the year. Additionally, Daniella completed an internship with the law firm of Beattie & Aghazarian where she wrote the firm's office policy, procedure and culture manual. She has met Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy three times and introduced former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice at Pacific's first Advancing Women's Leadership Forum. She is currently attending Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Sarah Gamble

Sarah completed her degree in Political Science in three years. While at Pacific, she was Vice President of the Pacific Political Students Association, the Statistics Chairman and Ivy Linker Chairman of the Alpha Phi Sorority, and a Residential Life and Housing Office Student Assistant. She participated in the first Pacific Capital Summer Experience, the American University Washington Semester Program, and completed an internship with both the California Republican Party and Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), in Washington DC. Sarah is joining the United States Army and has been accepted into Officer Candidate School. She will graduate as a Second Lieutenant in January of 2018, and aspires to be selected as an Army Intelligence Officer.

Luiza Macedo

Luiza graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Luiza has worked with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs since 2016 and is currently working on the nation's first city-led guaranteed income experiment, known as the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. Luiza has worked on several local political campaigns and plans to continue her community engagement role at SEED before pursuing graduate school.