Snell & Wilmer 2023 Fellowship for Advancement and Resources Fellows
PHOENIX – Snell & Wilmer’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is pleased to announce our 2023 Fellowship for Advancement and Resources (FAR) Fellows, who will be a part of the class of 2027. Established in 2009, the FAR Fellowship provides fiscal resources, guidance, and mentorship for diverse undergraduates to enter and succeed in law school.
We are delighted to announce that we have selected six participants for the 2023 FAR program: O’saretine Grace Agbonze, Fabian Guzman, Jushaun Stephaun Jamieson, Martha May, Victoria Fay Minnieweather, and Ivan Rene Quintana. Read more about them below, along with latest updates on FAR fellows and alumni.
O’saretine is a first-generation African American born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She graduated, magna cum laude, from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. O’saretine has worked as a Case Manager at Kerr Robichaux and Carroll Law Firm, which inspired her to pursue a career in law. Her current goal is to pursue a career in criminal and civil rights law and provide representation for marginalized ethnic groups in legal disputes. O’saretine enjoys biking, hiking, and exploring new areas in the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys fostering animals from local shelters. As a FAR fellow, she is looking forward to becoming acquainted with her mentor and receiving support from fellow aspiring law students. O’saretine is excited to learn new strategies to prepare for and take the LSAT and learn from the experiences of others in the FAR program.
A native of Lynwood, California, Fabian graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in History. While an undergraduate, he conducted research on the history of street names in Los Angeles County which led to his current role as an archival researcher for a London-based genealogy and probate research firm. Fabian was awarded the 2021-22 Reed Hastings/HSF Scholarship and was recognized by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as the 2022 HSF Male Scholar of the Year. In his free time, Fabian enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and hiking along the California coastline. As a FAR Fellow, Fabian looks forward to connecting with attorneys at the firm. He hopes to continue being an advocate and become a successful attorney.
Jushaun is a first-generation college graduate and first-generation immigrant. He was born in Falmouth Jamaica and has been living in the US for almost 6 years. Jushaun is a recent graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Public Law Certificate. During his time at SDSU, he served as the 2022 President of the student chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He spends his free time volunteering as a Patient Advocate for the Jewish Family Services of San Diego. His goal is to become an attorney specializing in intellectual property, sports, and entertainment law. A fun fact about Jushaun is that he is a hardcore Manchester City fan. Jushaun is excited to see all the opportunities and guidance that the FAR program has to offer in his law school journey.
Martha is soon to be a first-generation college graduate and future law student. She is a senior at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts studying Business, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. During her educational journey she has participated in advocacy events, taught at Hopkins private school, and interned at the local courthouse. Her passion for the law centers around educating laypeople and strengthening the cores of justice. As a FAR Fellow, Martha looks forward to rigorously navigating the law school application process and garnering the essentials she needs to be a successful law student. Martha enjoys reading a delightful book, traveling, and trying new things.
Victoria is a first-generation college graduate who recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Gregarious by nature, Victoria loves networking and getting involved in her community. During her senior year at Portland State, she served as secretary for the University's Student Legal Services Board and currently serves on the city of Wood Village’s Urban Renewal Board. Since 2020 she has worked as a legal assistant and paralegal at various premier law firms in Portland, OR where she cultivated a love for employment law litigation. This love has led her to aspire to become an employment law attorney focusing on defense work, arduous advocacy, and substantive resolutions to workplace-related complaints. As a FAR Fellow, Victoria looks forward to developing a holistic understanding of what makes a successful law student and attorney, receiving mentorship, and submitting strong law school applications. During her free time, she loves to cook, play chess, and spend time with family.
Ivan was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities. He is a first-generation college graduate from Arizona State University (ASU) and Mesa Community College (MCC). Ivan is a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar and recipient of the 2022 ASU Martin Luther King Jr. Student Servant-Leadership Award. In his spare time he enjoys podcasts, cooking, hiking, and spending time with loved ones. What he looks forward to the most as a FAR Fellow is to be able to gain insight, wisdom, and career advice from the distinguished attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.
A few updates on prior FAR Fellows and Alumni:
- William Gaspard (2022 Fellow) – Is currently interning at Adams & Reese and Bradley, Arant, Cummings. In the fall, he will be beginning his second year of law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Monae Ollivierre (2022 Fellow) – Is an incoming 1L at Rutgers Law School – Camden for a dual JD/MPH degree. She is also a New York Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) fellow.
- Elizabeth Mesa Torres (2022 Fellow) – Has been working with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Fresno, CA. She is currently studying for the LSAT.
- Jamilah McMillan (2021 Fellow) – Is currently working as a legal intern at Brooklyn Defender Services. In the fall semester, she will be in South Africa doing Children's Rights legal work at the University of Cape Town Law School.
- Joseph Kemp (2017 Fellow) – Is currently a corporate associate at Gunderson Dettmer LLP in New York. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a JD & MBA and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master's in Education.
- Andrea Galicia (2015 Fellow) – Is an attorney advisor in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, an office within the Department of Justice. Andrea is also a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, serving as the Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee.