A speaker series featuring legal professionals discussing how they find meaning, purpose, and identity in the law; how they use their law degrees in creative and innovative ways; and how they connect the personal and the professional in their lives.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Religous Life
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM (USC Gould School of Law)
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM (USC Gould School of Law)
Niels Frenzen specializes in immigration law and is director of the USC Law Immigration Clinic. He has been teaching at USC since 2000 and practicing law since 1985. Prior to joining USC, Professor Frenzen practiced with nonprofit law offices in Los Angeles and Miami. His work experience includes serving as directing attorney of the Immigrants' Rights Project at Public Counsel in Los Angeles; as supervising attorney at the Haitian Refugee Center; and as legislative coordinator of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union. He received his B.A. from Beloit College and his J.D. from Drake University Law School. He also has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern Law School.
Annette Wong is a 2012 graduate of USC Law School. After taking the California bar exam, Annette spent three months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working with the Supreme Court Chamber in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. While at law school, Annette cofounded the Critical Legal Studies Association, a student-led organization that explores the law’s intersection with race, gender and sexuality. She was also active in the Faculty Diversity Initiative’s push for USC to hire a full-time Asian American professor, and was a Center for Law History and Culture Fellow. As a 3L she received an Edward S. and Eleanor J. Shattuck Award for demonstrating potential for becoming an outstanding legal professional. She is a 2008 Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and a 2006 graduate of Yale University, where she majored in history and international studies.
Janice Kamenir-Reznik is the founding president of Jewish World Watch, an organization that works to mobilize synagogues, their schools, their members and the community to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world. Previously, she practiced environmental real estate law for the firm of Reznik & Reznik, which eventually merged with the statewide firm of Jeffer, Mangels, Butler and Marmaro. She chaired the environmental practice group and remained a partner until her retirement from the active practice of law in 2003. During those years in practice, she was president of California Women Lawyers, the statewide women’s bar, a founder and President of California Women’s Law Center, a public interest organization advocating for the rights of women and girls, a trustee of the California State Bar’s Trust Fund, and a trustee of the LA County Bar. Janice earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, her MSW from the USC School of Social Work, and her MJCS from Hebrew Union College.
Jesse Sisgold is the founder of the corporate and entertainment law firm Sisgold P.C., which is based in Beverly Hills, CA. Previously he worked at Heller Ehrman LLP and Valle Makoff LLP. Active in public interest matters, he serves as a director of Angels at Risk, a nonprofit organization offering substance abuse counseling to at-risk teens and their families, and a director of SOL-LA Music Academy, a nonprofit organization offering free musical training and concerts for kids. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.