LASOC welcomes a new group of Fall Fellows

This Fall, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) welcomes Fellows David Mangikyan and Jack Meaney from the University of California Irvine, School of Law, Fellow Rebekah Thomas from Emory University School of Law, and Fellow Katherine Naude Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

David will be working on litigation related to housing & homeless issues, while Jack will be working on consumer issues. Rebekah will be working on a new grant from the California Office of Emergency Services to provide holistic civil legal services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, while Katherine will be working on our Unlawful Detainer Clinic.

Without further ado, meet our new Fall Fellows!

 

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David Mangikyan

Tell us about yourself:

My Name is David Mangikyan and I’m a soon-to-be attorney awaiting bar results. I got my bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, where I majored in Anthropology and Rhetoric. Shortly thereafter, I began my legal education at UCI Law School, where I took a particular interest in Criminal Defense and Immigration Rights Advocacy. At first, I thought I loved both of these fields. I later realized, however, that the only real passion I have is to serve disadvantaged and indigent clients.

What made you interested in joining the Legal Aid team?

LASOC is an exciting opportunity for me. I applied to be a legal Fellow at LASOC because I wanted to surround myself with like-minded people committed to serving disadvantaged populations. I also wanted to join an organization that engaged in a wide range of different fields so that I’m not limited to the same type of case. Finally, I wanted to litigate. With these criteria in mind, I feel very lucky to have been referred to LASOC and somewhat regretful that I was not referred earlier. I hope to become a valued member of the team and to carry a full caseload as soon as I am sworn in.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I could have just as easily not gone to law school.  After I got my degree at Berkeley, I wanted to stay in the Bay Area so much that I would have accepted any decent job. I applied for a position in online marketing and was turned down in the final interview. On that day, I signed up for my LSAT course and got serious about law school. If I hadn’t been turned down, I’d be working at a San Francisco online marketing firm right now!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Play video games, barbecue and smoke meats, watch TV shows, go hiking, care for my dog.

 


 

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Jack Meaney

 

Tell us about yourself:

I’m originally from San Diego, but I went to undergrad out in Philadephia. I lived in Philly for a few years afterward working in non-profit and legal aid, and that’s when I got interested in going to law school — because I wanted to do public interest law. I went to school at UCI Law, and just graduated this last May. I’m excited to work at LASOC!

What made you interested in joining the Legal Aid team?

During law school, I spent a lot of time working on pro bono projects and doing work within the Orange County community. I’m aware how much need there is, and LASOC offered me the opportunity to continue serving that population while getting a broad range of work and practical experience very quickly.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I started a theater company with some friends while I was in Philly and we put up a few shows during the Philly Fringe Arts Festival.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy all of the outdoor opportunities SoCal presents: hiking, camping, and going to the beach. I’m also a fan of reading and cooking (badly).

 


 

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Rebekah Thomas

Tell us about yourself:

I am a graduate of Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA. Prior to law school, I worked as a teacher through AmeriCorps in Atlanta. I then decided that I wanted to work with low-income and unrepresented populations during and after law school. I have interned with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge John Goger of the Superior Court of Fulton County. Lastly, I interned at Legal Aid of Orange County with the Hotline and in the Litigation department in the summer of 2015. After graduating from law, I worked with a Special Education law firm writing due process complaints for children with disabilities.

What made you interested in joining the Legal Aid team?

I will enjoy working at LASOC because I believe in the mission. My life has been dedicated to being a voice for those who can’t be a voice for themselves, so I am excited that my career allows me to do this. The passion and commitment that LASOC has to helping people in different areas of their life when in need is what attracted me to LASOC.

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I am very involved in my church and my husband and I are starting a church in Santa Ana, called Santa Ana Worship Center.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I also enjoy time at the beach and being in the audience of game shows.

 


 

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Katherine Naude

Tell us about yourself:

I’m originally from Newport Beach. I went to undergrad at UC Berkeley and went to law school at Georgetown. I’ll be here until December, and then I’ll be working full time for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy in their Global Project Finance group.

What made you interested in joining the Legal Aid team?

During law school, I did various pro bono projects, including a domestic violence court watch program. We observed cases and made sure the judges were not biased against victims and treated them with respect and fairness, which was a major problem in the past in the DC court system. I liked being able to make a difference in people’s lives. I found out about LASOC through my firm, and this is a great way for me to be able to give back to my hometown while gaining experience. I’m very excited to join LASOC learn from all of you!

What’s something not a lot of people know about you?

I lived in the Bay Area when I was younger.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends and go to the beach.