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Giordano M. Capovilla '12 is enjoying his career at Deloitte in San Francisco, focusing on the growth of local technology companies. Having graduated a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he lives with brother Henry Eder '12 and brother William Rush '12, continuing to give back to the Iota Omicron chapter. He frequents the South Bay area, where he can be found front row of the Bronco basketball game supporting the new era of Coach Sendek.
Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA '19 was invited to speak at the XXIV Annual Pacific Voice Conference, US Edition, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in October. He also represented Santa Clara at the EU Edition of the XXIV PVC in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland, the same month.
Dewey Tieu MBA '13 is an associate relationship manager in Atlantic Trust’s San Francisco office, with more than five years of industry experience. In this role, Dewey works closely with senior relationship managers to implement investment solutions and provide wealth counseling services to individuals, families and foundations. Prior to joining Atlantic Trust, Dewey was a vice president and associate banker at Citi Private Bank, delivering investment and credit solutions and wealth planning services to affluent individuals, families and institutions. In addition, he is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis ’13, after receiving her Masters In English Composition at San Francisco State University, successfully auditioned for and accepted a full two year scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame's Masters of Sacred Music Program. Recently Gabriela has performed throughout the Bay Area as a soloist and as an ensemble member with various groups.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis | Alto / Mezzo-Soprano https://gabrielaestephaniesolis.com
Briana Mitchell '13 is starring as the titular character in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" at Mountain View's Pear Theatre.
As Mitchell explained to the Mercury News, the play is incredibly relevant.
“It deals with broad questions about humanity — What drives people? What is morality and what does that mean? But it’s a timely piece too, because it deals with socioeconomic status, with money and its impact on society, with power and how people use it.”
Mitchell, originally from Portland, Oregon, moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University in 2009, and now resides in Mountain View. She described her character, Major Barbara, as “a very complex, thoughtful and intentional person. She really cares about making a difference in the world, and being a part of something bigger than herself.”
Guy Marzorati '13 is the AM producer for The California Report and KQED News. He also works on KQED's California Politics and Government Desk. Guy joined KQED as an intern in 2013. He grew up in New York.
Angelica Escruceria M.S. '13 is a design engineer at Canopy Energy. On campus in November, she and Amit Patel '09, M.S. '11 gave a talk to the Energy Club about their work designing residential and agricultural solar projects.
Angela Choy MBA '13 is the co-founder and CEO of Edmission, a college planning site that empowers students and parents to get affordable, high-quality, and personalized college admission advice. Angela has spent her career helping organizations improve processes and drive efficiencies. She is a learner and reader. She loves entrepreneurship, startups, and women leadership. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a mother of two. Follow her on twitter @angelahchoy.
Diane Keng ’14, M.S. '20 is the CEO & Cofounder of Breinify, the first personalization engine to suggest meaningful products to online shoppers based on time sensitive data collection. She has developed software for about five years and recently launched her startup’s innovation at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.
Lillian C. Kautz '14, winner of the Anna Halprin choreography award from the SCU Dance Dept. and the SCU Quinn Martin scholarship for dance and theatre, is the new choreographer for StarStrucktheatre.org in Fremont, CA. She currently choreographed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for a cast of sixty.
Lillian Kautz on facebook and LinkedIn www.eternaldance.com
Scott Hanson '14 is working toward a career in humanitarian and natural building. Volunteer experiences in Rwanda and Nepal have sparked a desire to use engineering knowledge to improve the lives of people around the globe. He enjoys working on construction projects using natural and sustainable materials, and writes about his work and studies on his blog buildgoodthings.wordpress.com.
Manjeet Singh '15 and Anita Kumari '11 are happy to announce the birth of their baby boy, Avi Jakhar, born December 7th.
Sarah Mirza J.D. '15 is an associate in Patent Group at Fenwick & West. While at the School of Law, she was the winner of the annual Jan Jancin Award for top intellectual-property law student in the nation. The award is given by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sarah is the second Santa Clara Law graduate to receive the award since AIPLEF began awarding it in 1998. During her tenure at Santa Clara Law, Sarah won the prestigious Mabie Award for the Outstanding Graduate of her class, was a research assistant for Professor Brian Love, and was a pupil of the William A. Ingram Inn of Court.
The Santa Clara Alumni Association welcomes Liz Connelly '15 as an assitant director. Liz will be focused on being an Alumni Relations regional expert, engaging our Bronco community and building relationships across the globe. Liz has spent her last year in Scranton, PA, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was the Community Health Program Assistant for an organization called United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. She received the St. Clare medal when graduating from SCU, was a Honzel Fellow with the Markkula Center, and worked as the assistant resident director in Swig. Liz and her family are from Spokane, WA, but don't worry—her loyalties lie with the Santa Clara Broncos!
Liz will be managing the following chapters and groups: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Chicano Latino, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington, D.C.
Azadeh Morrison J.D. ’16 is the winner of the annual Jan Jancin Award for the top intellectual-property law student in the nation.
The award is given by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to the top law student in the nation who has most excelled in the study of intellectual property law. Morrison is the third Santa Clara Law graduate to receive the award since AIPLEF began awarding it in 1998. Sarah Mirza J.D. ’15 won the Jan Jancin in 2015, and Linda Wuestehube Kahl J.D. ’10 won the Jan Jancin Award in 2010. In addition, Nancy Cheng J.D. ’11 won the Past President’s Award from AIPLEF in 2011 (considered to be the runner-up to the Jan Jancin).
Morrison holds a master of science in chemical engineering from San Jose State University, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Morrison earned her J.D. in 2016 from Santa Clara Law, where she served as a fellow in the Academic Success Program and also served as the Associate Editor of the High Tech Law Journal. While a law student, she was on the Dean’s List and received several other awards, including the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, the High Tech Excellence Award, and the Inez Mabie Award for the Outstanding Graduate in 2016. She also worked as an intern in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and as a judicial extern for the Hon. Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. As of November 1, Morrison will be joining the patent litigation group at Cooley in Palo Alto.
Morrison says she is grateful for her experience at Santa Clara Law. “Santa Clara Law is not just a law school—it’s a community of people dedicated to your success. If you are willing to work hard and use the resources available to you, the sky is the limit.”
“The unique practical courses offered under the high tech program are invaluable in preparing students for a real-life career in IP,” adds Morrison. “For example, students work with real clients on IP-related transactional matters in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and in IP Litigation class students go through every step of litigating a patent,” she says. “In short, Santa Clara Law students learn by doing, a fact that many employers are aware of and appreciate. In addition, our IP faculty are not only well-recognized scholars in their fields, they take time to get to know students, mentor them, and provide guidance in law school and even after graduation.”
In addition, Morrison says she appreciates the extensive Santa Clara Law alumni network. “I learned early on that our alumni carry the SCU values to their practice and are approachable and open to mentoring and coaching the students,” she says. Plus, she adds, “Santa Clara Law’s excellent reputation in Silicon Valley’s legal community has been developed over many years by the hard work, skill, and intelligence of its alumni. This is a priceless advantage for the students.”
Santa Clara Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg congratulated Morrison on the award. “We are so proud of Azadeh for this outstanding achievement, and we congratulate her on her continued success and wish her all the best in her career. Santa Clara Law is proud that so many of our graduates have been honored with this award, and I deeply appreciate the faculty, staff, alumni, and donors who have worked diligently to keep our IP program a robust training ground and one of the best in the nation.”
Candace Guthmiller ’16 taught geometry at Christian Brothers High School over the summer. She is currently attending University of California Davis - School of Law.
After spending her last quarter at SCU as the only engaged student in her "Theology of Marriage" class, Abby Hazelitt '16 was married to Marc Deetjen this summer. On July 16th, 2016 the two tied the knot and now reside in Palo Alto. Marc is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and after work, Abby returns to SCU to lead a small group with an on campus ministry.
Nnennaya Amuchie JD ’16, MBA ’16 has published “'The Forgotten Victims': How Racialized Gender Stereotypes Lead to Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls—Incorporating an Analysis of Police Violence Into Feminist Jurisprudence and Community Activism” in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice: Vol. 14: Iss. 3, Article 8. She is an If/When/How reproductive justice fellow at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, in the Washington, D.C., area.