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Meet the PWC Committee members.

The Peer Wellness Coalition currently has eight Committee members who meet weekly to plan events, organize the coalition, and make funding decisions. The Committee intends on adding a ninth member from the 1L class in the upcoming weeks.

 
Diane Aguirre-Dominguez, 2L   My legal interests lie at the intersection of law and technology. Before coming to law school, I worked as a writer. Yoga and meditation have helped me cope with the ups and downs of life, and I enjoy sharing these skills with others. I believe that providing law students with the tools to stay healthy is vital.  As a 1L, I wish I knew that your law school experience is your own, so make choices for yourself and not because everyone else is doing it!

Diane Aguirre-Dominguez, 2L

My legal interests lie at the intersection of law and technology. Before coming to law school, I worked as a writer. Yoga and meditation have helped me cope with the ups and downs of life, and I enjoy sharing these skills with others. I believe that providing law students with the tools to stay healthy is vital.

As a 1L, I wish I knew that your law school experience is your own, so make choices for yourself and not because everyone else is doing it!

Michael David Harris, 2L   I am originally from Chicago and went to undergrad at Emory University in Atlanta. I had a four year gap before law school. During that time I had several jobs in the military, including helping soldiers with mental health and resilience skill-building. At Berkeley, I am also Co-President of the Coalition for Diversity and member of the Law Students of African Descent and veterans group on campus. To help me destress and unwind, I like to run, write poetry and listen to music.  As a 1L, I wish I knew how incredibly lucky I was to study in the Bay Area and took advantage of the long list of community events and initiatives in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

Michael David Harris, 2L

I am originally from Chicago and went to undergrad at Emory University in Atlanta. I had a four year gap before law school. During that time I had several jobs in the military, including helping soldiers with mental health and resilience skill-building. At Berkeley, I am also Co-President of the Coalition for Diversity and member of the Law Students of African Descent and veterans group on campus. To help me destress and unwind, I like to run, write poetry and listen to music.

As a 1L, I wish I knew how incredibly lucky I was to study in the Bay Area and took advantage of the long list of community events and initiatives in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

Callie Davidson, 2L   I am a 2L interested in impact litigation related to public health, drug policy, and criminal justice reform. I grew up in North Carolina, lived in Massachusetts, but fell in love with Los Angeles, where I graduated from UCLA. After that, I spent two years conducting social welfare research and evaluating programs for individuals coming out of prison and rehabilitation. This gave me time to think about coping skills, mental health, and wellness. Ask me about Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Food Justice Project, and Prisoner Advocacy Network. To unwind I meditate, hike, and go out dancing.  My advice would be that it’s easy to let law school become all-consuming. Continue to nourish pre-law school hobbies, make time to explore new interests, and interact with people not affiliated with law on occasion. Doing this has given me more balance and perspective during law school.

Callie Davidson, 2L

I am a 2L interested in impact litigation related to public health, drug policy, and criminal justice reform. I grew up in North Carolina, lived in Massachusetts, but fell in love with Los Angeles, where I graduated from UCLA. After that, I spent two years conducting social welfare research and evaluating programs for individuals coming out of prison and rehabilitation. This gave me time to think about coping skills, mental health, and wellness. Ask me about Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Food Justice Project, and Prisoner Advocacy Network. To unwind I meditate, hike, and go out dancing.

My advice would be that it’s easy to let law school become all-consuming. Continue to nourish pre-law school hobbies, make time to explore new interests, and interact with people not affiliated with law on occasion. Doing this has given me more balance and perspective during law school.

 
Paris DeYoung, 3L   I have devoted my time in law school to disability rights law. Prior to coming to Berkeley, I was worked at an alternative to incarceration program for individuals on Rikers Island with serious mental health issues. My frustration with the carceral system and it's impact on those affected by it, particularly those with mental health issues, led me to law school. I intend on pursuing disability rights and mental health law following graduation.  As a 1L, I wish I knew to make appointments with librarians when you have research questions or research papers! They are super helpful and love to work with students!

Paris DeYoung, 3L

I have devoted my time in law school to disability rights law. Prior to coming to Berkeley, I was worked at an alternative to incarceration program for individuals on Rikers Island with serious mental health issues. My frustration with the carceral system and it's impact on those affected by it, particularly those with mental health issues, led me to law school. I intend on pursuing disability rights and mental health law following graduation.

As a 1L, I wish I knew to make appointments with librarians when you have research questions or research papers! They are super helpful and love to work with students!

Jamie Firth, 3L   I'm from Santa Cruz, studied community health at Brown University, and worked as a health policy analyst for four years prior to law school. I joined the Peer Wellness Coalition to improve mental health and wellness resources for students and to work to reverse tends which show that law school negatively impacts students' mental wellbeing.    One thing I wish I knew about as a 1L is Quimbee.com. It's a helpful tool to understand the key points of a case and saves you from getting bogged down in unnecessary details. Plus, Berkeley law students get free access!

Jamie Firth, 3L

I'm from Santa Cruz, studied community health at Brown University, and worked as a health policy analyst for four years prior to law school. I joined the Peer Wellness Coalition to improve mental health and wellness resources for students and to work to reverse tends which show that law school negatively impacts students' mental wellbeing.

One thing I wish I knew about as a 1L is Quimbee.com. It's a helpful tool to understand the key points of a case and saves you from getting bogged down in unnecessary details. Plus, Berkeley law students get free access!


Julia Hirata, 2L   I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After attending Harvard College, I returned home to teach eighth grade English at Aiea Intermediate, a school just ten minutes from where I grew up. I then taught English for a year in Jeonju, South Korea (the home of bibimbap!) before coming to Berkeley Law. In addition to being a member of the Peer Wellness Coalition, I am part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team, Women of Berkeley Law, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Asian American Law Journal. A few of my favorite things include cooking dinner with my family, practicing Lagree pilates and watching reality TV.  As a 1L, I felt very pressured to find my place immediately. I wish I knew that I had the latitude to explore activities even in 2L year, and form academic and social relationships on my own time.

Julia Hirata, 2L

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After attending Harvard College, I returned home to teach eighth grade English at Aiea Intermediate, a school just ten minutes from where I grew up. I then taught English for a year in Jeonju, South Korea (the home of bibimbap!) before coming to Berkeley Law. In addition to being a member of the Peer Wellness Coalition, I am part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team, Women of Berkeley Law, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Asian American Law Journal. A few of my favorite things include cooking dinner with my family, practicing Lagree pilates and watching reality TV.

As a 1L, I felt very pressured to find my place immediately. I wish I knew that I had the latitude to explore activities even in 2L year, and form academic and social relationships on my own time.

 
Gayne Kalustian, 2L   I’m a California native and joined the Peer Wellness Coalition to try to change the culture in the law school around wellness, health, and disability. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career as a disability rights attorney. In my “free” time, I love to garden and cook.    One thing I wish I knew as a 1L is that while there are skills you need to learn to be a lawyer, there is no “type” of person/student/studier that makes the right or best type of lawyer. Everyone got into Berkeley by being great in some way, so don’t lose sight of that and believe that it has value.

Gayne Kalustian, 2L

I’m a California native and joined the Peer Wellness Coalition to try to change the culture in the law school around wellness, health, and disability. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career as a disability rights attorney. In my “free” time, I love to garden and cook.

One thing I wish I knew as a 1L is that while there are skills you need to learn to be a lawyer, there is no “type” of person/student/studier that makes the right or best type of lawyer. Everyone got into Berkeley by being great in some way, so don’t lose sight of that and believe that it has value.

Luna Martinez, 2L   I'm a Mexico City native and am new to the Bay Area. Before law school, I worked on community organizing, environmental policy, and animal rights outreach. I am especially interested in issues of food justice and hope to work on improving our commitment to human rights, food access, social justice, and sustainability in the Berkeley Law community.  One thing I wish I knew as a 1L is the amount of pressure students face to go into corporate careers, as well as mechanisms to resist it.

Luna Martinez, 2L

I'm a Mexico City native and am new to the Bay Area. Before law school, I worked on community organizing, environmental policy, and animal rights outreach. I am especially interested in issues of food justice and hope to work on improving our commitment to human rights, food access, social justice, and sustainability in the Berkeley Law community.

One thing I wish I knew as a 1L is the amount of pressure students face to go into corporate careers, as well as mechanisms to resist it.