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1-on-1 with the 1L Representatives!

I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and speak to our amazing 1L Reps to get to know them a little bit more! I hope that everyone takes a moment to chat with them as well and learn something amazing about them! Without further ado, I present to you…your marvelous 1L Reps!

Kristopher (Kris) Escobedo 


Kristopher was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science.  He loves to travel and has a thirst for adventure, having traveled to 31 countries to date! His life motto,

“Get lost with Kris.”

This also happens to be the name of his social media campaign where Kris posts about free events all over Los Angeles and Southern California, working to inspire people to go out and explore their own city.

Kris chose to attend law school in order to help others, and to protect the ideas of others. He has an interest in corporate law and intellectual property law,  but hasn’t decided exactly what field he wants to go into.

His favorite food is Mexican food and all time favorite place to eat is El Cielito Lindo in DTLA.

Kris’ message to his fellow 1Ls:

I am approachable, down to earth, loyal, and if I don’t know the answer to something, I’ll try my best to find one.

“Get Lost with Kris” on:

Instagram and his blog!


Ashlee Gilford


Ashlee was born and raised in Rancho Cucamonga and graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in Political Science. Ashlee is very involved with her church where she volunteers her time for dance and music. In her spare time, Ashlee loves to watch movies and play spots such as flag football and basketball. Her favorite TV shows include A Different World, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Ashlee has always wanted to be an attorney and is currently interested in Family Law.

She loves any kind of seafood, especially crab and loves restaurants such as Boiling Crab, LA Crab House in Rancho Cucamonga and her favorite, Joe’s Crab Shack. Ashlee loves old school R&B and Christian music, with Usher’s “My Boo” as her all time favorite song.

Ashlee’s Motto:

Keep God first.

Her message to her fellow 1Ls:

I’m open to 1L suggestions.

Ashlee likes to get feedback from her class and brings their concerns to the SBA meetings held every 2 weeks.


Armando Murrieta


Armando was born and raised in Visalia, California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Liberal Studies. He also holds a Masters in Arts and Humanities. Armando has been playing soccer since he was 4 years old and used to coach girls’ soccer for 7 years.

One of the most exciting things Armando has done is that he’s had the opportunity to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. He loves Japanese food and loves ramen noodles from his favorite restaurant in Fullerton known as What’s Up Men. His favorite type of music is Latin Jazz and his current jam happens to be “Lady Don’t Tek No” by Latyrx.

Armando chose law school because he wants to help those without representation and is interested in Special Education Law and Children’s Law.

Armando’s message to his fellow 1Ls:

Don’t worry. We’ll get through this.

Armando is currently a part-time 1L.

Catch Armando running with the bulls at 2:05 here!




Dumplings On My Mind!

Din Tai Fung 
3333 Bristol St,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 549-3388

Dumplings on my mind, dumplings, dumplings on my mind. I mean who doesn’t love pure doughy goodness and some hot and sour soup to top it off? That’s a combo I definitely can’t resist. Luckily, there’s Din Tai Fung a few blocks away from campus! There is nothing I have tried that I don’t like. Every single dish that they have is chopstick-licking good. However, I don’t leave without ordering my must-haves. To start, there is nothing more satisfying than smelling the sautéed garlic string green beans and hot & sour soup headed to your table. My top three main courses are, Pork Xiao Long Bao, Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai, and Mixed Wontons with Spicy Sauce. Those are “get in my belly” good! There is just something about this restaurant that screams warm and inviting. The service is amazing and the food is delicious. As law students, we all need some comfort food from time to time and what better time to go have some delicious and warm dumplings during this time of year. Plus, it’s located in the mall so you can get your holiday shopping done while you’re at it! 



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Bear Flag Fish Company
7972 E Pacific Coast Hwy,
Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 715-8899

If you can’t let go of summer quite yet, stop by Bear Flag Fish Company and indulge yourself in some of the best poke you will ever have. This authentic spot is filled with fresh and delicious ingredients. If you love seafood than this is definitely the place for you. They have everything from freshly rolled sushi to seafood tacos and burritos. My absolute favorite item on their menu is their ahi tuna poke. It is SO delicious that I want to drive down to Newport and grab some as I write about it. Clearly it’s addicting. They serve the pokebfc1 with warm, freshly fried tortilla chips and that’s all she wrote folks! It is that good. It doesn’t end there! I am a seaweed salad fanatic and they have some of the best I’ve tried out here in Costa Mesa/Newport Beach. Not quite done yet. Their shrimp taco is the! It’s a great place to go for either a quick snack or a full hearty meal. Although they strictly bfc2serve seafood, they have a very diverse and affordable menu. We all know, us law students love a bargain. Bear Flag will not disappoint.









Written by:

Arianna Isbirian

Arianna Isbirian

Student Org: In Vino Veritas

Hello my dearest Poets! I wanted to highlight a new student organization we have on campus, In Vino Veritas. Please take a moment to read through what the organization is about and attend their next event (details below!).

In Vino Veritas.

Mission Statement:

The purpose of In Vino Veritas is to bring together students, professors, alumni, professionals as well as local community members to learn and explore the social, cultural and legal aspects of wine, as well as to enjoy the pleasures that wine, fine food, and good conversation provide.

As a new organization on campus, IVV’s vision is to provide an opportunity for students to further develop a hobby that is sometimes perceived to be unaffordable and inaccessible. We wanted to create a Group at Whittier Law School that will help us all learn about wine in a casual, cost-sensitive way among friends; to explore the legal business opportunities as they relate  to the wine industry, such as wine production, marketing, intellectual property (specifically trademark), land use law, regulatory law.

Join Whittier Law’s IVV, for their 1st on campus event as we compare wines from around the world!! Come taste wines from France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Italy and the good ol’ USofA. We will explore each country’s wine region. Then we will taste! There will be at least five types of red wines on the menu: pinot noir, malbec, sangiovese, cabernet, and more. Wednesday, April 15th from 5:00 – 9:00pm, wine tasting approximately from 6-8pm.


Thank you to Julieta Echeverria for kindly sharing your organization with us! 

Healthy Poets!

It is time to think about preparing for finals physically and mentally. Part of being successful is not letting stress and emotions take over. I find that a healthy diet and regular exercise are helpful. I invited all of you to join the 30-day fitness challenge that started 15 days ago. If you haven’t started it’s ok, it is never too late to start. Start now and give yourself a few days to prepare physically and mentally. Please use my health page.

Feel free to post workouts, recipes etc. You do not need to follow a strict diet just sit down and think about what works for you and actually do it for the next few days. We are in this together people so let’s motivate one another and succeed together.


Thank you Maria Elena! 

Fight Back the Cravings!

Finals are a challenging time for all of us and preparing for them academically, emotionally, and physically is key. Some of us crave foods when we are studying for feel stressed about midterms. Giving into the stress and the cravings can lead to unwanted weight gain and a loss of energy because unhealthy foods won’t give your body the energy it needs. Why do you get cravings? The urges to eat are fueled by feel-good brain chemicals that are released when you eat those types of food. What you need to do is make a plan that stops and prevents those cravings and the unwanted weight gain that comes along with it. Here are a few tips to help combat what I call the “finals effect.”

What to do:

1. Create an upbeat playlist to listen to whenever a food craving strikes. The songs provide a distraction and an emotional release.
2. Wait it out. Cynthia Bulik, author of Runaway Eating says that “food cravings behave like waves: they build, crest, and then disappear.” If you can surf the urge you have a better chance of beating it altogether.
3. Choose the best distraction. Identify your current emotion- anxious, mad, or bored by filling in these blanks: “I feel __ because of __.” Then find an activity that releases it.
4. Work out. Take a 30-40 minute brake and distract your mind to forget about the cravings that fill your mind.

What to eat:

  1. Fill up your stomach with a large glass of water and 1 or 2 tablespoons of bran. According to an article written by Julie Daniluk, doing this will stop the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin for approximately an hour. Bran absorbs water and moisture in the stomach. It physically expands in the stomach and makes you feel full so you will eat less.
  2. Drink Green tea. This tea increases the hormone CCK (cholecystokinin), which is responsible for creating the feeling of satisfaction.
  3. Eat pine nuts. The omega-6 found in pine nuts has shown to release satiety hormones, which promote weight loss and reduce food intake. Pine nuts also stimulate CCK, which is the hormone that works as a hunger suppressant. The effect will last approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Drink Peppermint Tea. Peppermint is a natural hunger suppressant.
  5. Grab some gum. Chewing gum has been shown to help reduce cravings.
  6. From experience, I suggest eating cucumbers. Munching on cucumbers makes you feel full. It’s a guilt free snack because its calorie content is very low and since you are eating you will feel like your mind is being distracted and your stomach satisfied. In addition, it is an inexpensive solution!


Written by:


Maria Elena Parada

Ramen, Wine, and Cheese!

With the winter months and finals approaching, comfort food and indulgence are the first things that come to mind. What better way to satisfy these cravings than with some Ramen or Wine and Cheese! I have been searching for great spots since the beginning of my 1L year, about a year and a half ago. After going on a hunt for the best places, my staples are Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen and Wine Lab.

Oh how I love my Ramen. While working in Little Toyko, Los Angeles, I was on cloud 9; surrounded by different Ramen restaurants. After trying Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen, I fell in love with their traditional Ramen. Their broth is UNREAL and their pork chasu falls apart like butter! What I love mosrament is their variety of toppings and option to customize. When I found a Shin-Sen-Gumi out here, I was excited like a kid in a candy store. I immediately went to try it, to see if it is as delicious as the location in Los Angeles, and I was not disappointed one bit! It was better than what I remembered it to be. The more I talk about it, the more I want to drive to Fountain Valley and satisfy my cravings. This location is like a hole in the wall and always packed like a can of sardines; but that adds to the homey feel. Although we have to wait every time, it is too decadent and comforting, to turn down.

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen
18315 Brookhurst St #1,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 962-8952

WC1Wine and cheese…yum! Wine Lab is the perfect mix of my two favorite things. It is a small and quaint restaurant that is perfect for any occasion. One taste of their cheese plate and there is no turning back. I have yet to meet a cheese I don’t like, but if I HAD to pick, my favorite plate would have to be the Cheesemonger’s Selections. The pairings of the cheese’s, jams, and cured meats was perfect! The plate included delicious prosciutto and salami, alongside fluffy and flakey slices of French baguette. Their flatbreads are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Their Soleil flatbread included pesto, ripe tomatoes, and fresh mozzarellWC2a…need I say more? They have a great wine selection and if you can’t make up your mind on which you want to try, just get a set of flights and get to tasting! All reds and whites at your fingertips. Speaking of fingertips, you will be licking them as you eat their Italian Doughnuts, with their whipped vanilla cream and chocolate sauce. This may sound cheesy but just wait till you try the cheese plate!

WC3Wine Lab @ The CAMP
2937 Bristol St., Suite A101B,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 850-1780


Written by:

Arianna Isbirian

Arianna Isbirian

Whittier Law’s 1L Class of 2017

Law school has been such a rewarding experience thus far. In such short time I’ve been exposed to new spectacles that have evolved my mindset to think in ways unknown prior to law school. I view the knowledge of  law as a positional advantage; like a powerful tool to think effectively. Hence, the reason why I chose to pursue a career in law.

— Mary Jaratanyan, 1L


Law school was a necessary choice for me because I see law as my platform to being of service to those who are disadvantaged and marginalized. Law school has become the most rewarding thing that I have ever complained about. I thoroughly enjoy my classes and professors, but the stakes are high.






— Phil Norris, 1L


Law school is what I expected it to be in the sense that I knew I would make new friends, establish new relationships, and have a new family, but it isn’t what I expected it to be in the sense that the way I think and perceive everything has changed drastically, and I have begun to think like a Lawyer. Now that midterms are over, I definitely feel relieved, but also more stressed in the sense that I now know what is expected of me on an exam, and have to work hard toward fulfilling those expectations.  The pressure is on!

Bahareh Omrani





— Bahareh Omrani, 1L


I think law school is very challenging. However, I like it and I like the fact that close bonds are forming between students. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from law school. I knew it was going to be very challenging and it is living up to that expectancy.

— Daniel Cabrera, 1L


I chose law school because as far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer due to pretty much comparing John Grisham novels to the actual practicing my family attorneys did within their firms back home in Hawai’i. I saw that being a lawyer was another avenue for helping others, being an agent of change and a position that could make the world a better place. Also, I was rather fond of the idea of walking around in downtown Honolulu in three-piece suits (only Lawyers in Hawai’i wear suits). Now that midterms are over, I feel that I have the on-going challenge of trying out different methods that work for me to not only retain the material, but to succeed in grasping the plethora of concepts we learn inside and outside of our classes.

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— Daniel Soo, 1L


I would say that Whittier is actually more than what I expected it to be. The friendly environment, approachable professors and stuff are all a huge plus to the school. Being in an environment where at every corner guidance and assistance is offered is a great support for 1L’ers. I’m glad that I chose Whittier law school.

— Sona Gichyan, 1L


I decided to volunteer at a local law office in order to further increase my knowledge and understanding in the legal field. It did not take a long time to find a local law office that gave me an opportunity to take a look at the inner workings of this profession. At first all the terms and nuances of this type of work was confusing and challenging, however, in a short period of time I was feeling comfortable answering questions and helping people understand complicated laws and regulations. I was enjoying the work I was doing. This was the point that I have pushed all of the doubt aside and realized that this is the field that I wish to pursue a career in.

— Nare Keshishyan, 1L


As of today I like law school. Ask me tomorrow that may change. I’ve started to take it one day at a time. Now that midterms are over I feel a little less lost. Before I was just hoping I knew how everything went together. Now I know that I didn’t, but I know where what to change.

Wade Price





— Wade Price, 1L


Law school is definitely turning out to be a different, in a positive way, experience than I had originally thought.  The amount of work is greater than I expected it to be, and believe me I expected it to be a large amount.  However, with this amount of work has brought a great sense of accomplishment.  Each week I learn more and am able to apply more than I was able to do the previous week.  Ultimately, law school has been difficult and challenging yet equally if not more so rewarding and empowering.

Michael Paone





— Michael Paone, 1L



1L Section Representatives, Liana Khachatryan, Shaian, Mohammadi, Elda Rosales asked their respective sections  the following questions:

1. Why did you choose law school?
2. What do you think of law school so far?
3. Is law school what the expected it to be? How so?
4. Now that midterms are over, how do you feel?
The responses to the questions are displayed above.
Thank you to all the 1Ls for their contribution.

TEAM POETS Fights Against Breast Cancer

“TEAM POETS of Whittier Law School” fundraised over $1,300 for Susan G. Komen Foundation of Orange County to support the fight against breast cancer. This sum exceeded last year’s collected amount of $400.

Student Bar Association teamed up with six co-sponsoring student organizations* to form TEAM POETS as it officially kicked-off its annual Think Pink Campaign on September 3.


For almost two months, TEAM POETS representatives solicited donations by selling pink bracelets for $1 and by collecting general money contributions. Students, faculty and staff members showed their support by visiting the Think Pink table held at the lower concourse all September long. As an incentive for participating in the cause, donors received a raffle ticket for every $3 donation they make. The tickets were entered into a weekly Thursday drawing for a chance to win a gift card to Ruby’s Diner and Spa Gregorie.


On September 28, twenty-six law students represented TEAM POETS at Komen’s “Race for the Cure” event in Newport Beach. From 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., TEAM POETS participated in the 5k race around the Fashion Island shopping center and handed out healthy snacks and drinks to event participants at its event team station.

TEAM POETS also collected money through its official Komen OC webpage. The top online fundraisers were Claudia Dean (2L) at $300; Emily Covington-Vogt (3L) at $275; and Chris Vogt (Whittier Law supporter), Jayd Banuelos (2L), and Claire Chang (3L) at $125 each.

TEAM POETS’ Think Pink Campaign concluded successfully on October 31.

According to Komen OC, 75% of the net income of Komen OC remains in the local community to fund educational outreach, screening and treatment programs for underserved individuals in the community. The remaining 25% will fund the Susan G. Komen Award and Research Grant Program, which funds breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs.

*Co-sponsoring organizations: Criminal Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Black Law Students Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Women Law Students Association.