Board of Pre-Law Advisors





Board members are attorneys currently enrolled in the doctoral program in political science. Members of the board bring broad and deep experience as law students and attorneys. They are available for individual appointments to discuss careers in law, selection of appropriate law schools, the application and admissions processes, and other concerns that you may have about this career path. Please contact each directly to arrange an appointment.






Lee Dionne

Lee graduated from Northwestern Law in 2009, where he served for two years as an editor on the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology.  As a business lawyer (e.g., contracts, mergers & acquisitions and securities), Lee has experience both in large law firm and private practice settings. Currently, Lee is building on his academic interest in U.S. legal and political institutions as a UCSD graduate student in American politics.

Nazita Lajevardi

Nazita graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She worked as a legal researcher for a NGO in Bangalore, India, as a certified law clerk at the San Mateo District AttorneyŐs Office, as a mediator in the San Francisco Small Claims Court, and as a Student Law Clerk working on juvenile criminal defense cases. She is currently an active member of the California Bar.

John Porten

John graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. John spent five years in private practice focusing on corporate ownership disputes and commercial litigation, and continues to serve as a legal advisor in non-profit organizations, including a project administered by the American Cancer Society.