2021 Susman Godfrey Prize Winners
The Susman Godfrey Prize is an honor awarded annually to up to 12 students of color who are finishing their first or second year of law school. The Prize is part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to celebrate and promote diversity among civil trial lawyers. You can watch the inaugural SG Prize Winners Reception here.
REGINA CAMPBELL, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1L
Regina is a first-year law student at the UCLA School of Law. She is a two-time All-American college mock trial award winner and will serve as a Susman Godfrey 1L Diversity Fellow this summer. Regina earned her B.A. in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.
JEMIE FOFANAH, New York University, School of Law, 2L
Jemie is a second-year law student at the NYU School of Law and a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, an honor given to outstanding students who plan to pursue a career in public service. Before law school, she worked for Judge David S. Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey Jr. Jemie earned her B.A. in Political Science at Temple University.
TRAVIS GIDADO, University of Chicago Law School, Third-year JD/MBA
Travis is a third-year student at the University of Chicago Law School who is concurrently pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the Booth School of Business. Prior to law school, Travis received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. Travis also completed master’s degrees at the University of Cambridge (King’s College) as well as Peking University, where he was a Yenching Scholar.
KAYSIE GONZALEZ, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1L
Kaysie is a first-year law student at the UCLA School of Law. Kaysie earned her B.A. at Harvard University.
MARIAH LEVY, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2L
Mariah is a second-year law student at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Philosophy at Howard University.
MIN LOBB, Columbia Law School, 2L
An incoming 3L at Columbia Law School, Min is a James Kent Scholar—the highest honor awarded based on academic achievement. She is a Development and Diversity editor for Columbia Law Review and served as a teaching assistant to three of her 1L professors. Prior to entering law school, Min was a director at a marketing and market research firm and earned her B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing at Baruch College.
CHARISMA NGUEPDO, University of Houston Law Center, 2L
Charisma is a second-year law student at the University of Houston Law Center and the first African-American Editor in Chief of the Houston Law Review. She taught through Teach for America from 2015 – 2017 and has provided instruction for teachers at several schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Charisma earned a B.A. in both African American Studies and Criminology at Penn State University. She also earned a M.S. Ed from Johns Hopkins University.
DANIELLE ROYBAL, Stanford Law School, 2L
Danielle is a second-year law student at Stanford Law School. She is a member of the Stanford Law Review and a recipient of the Judge Thelton E. Henderson Prize for Outstanding Clinical Performance. Danielle earned her A.B. at Harvard University and previously worked as an Intern at the State Department Office of Global Women’s Issues. Danielle graduated cum laude with High Honors from Harvard University.
ARIJEET SENSHARMA, New York University, School of Law, 2L
Arijeet is a second-year law student at the NYU School of Law, and current Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review. He has spent two summers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served as a legal intern at Planned Parenthood, and volunteered at the NAACP LDF’s Racial Equity Strategies Clinic. Arijeet earned his B.A. in Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Virginia.
REHAN STATON, Harvard Law School, 1L
A first-year student at Harvard Law School, Rehan became interested in the legal field while working with formerly incarcerated individuals. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Rehan was selected as the Undergraduate Student Speaker at the University’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony and was tapped to be the Keynote Speaker at its Department of History and Philosophy Graduation Ceremony that year.
GALYN SUMIDA-ROSS, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1L
Galyn, a first-year law student at UCLA’s School of Law, worked for Partners for Justice, an organization devoted to disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. In her first year, Galyn earned a 4.10 GPA and was accepted into UCLA’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest. Galyn earned her B.S. in International Culture and Politics at Georgetown University.
HENRY ZHU, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 2L
Henry Zhu is a second-year student at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. He is the Technology Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review and an executive board member of the Asian Pacific American and OUTLaw Students’ Associations. Between college and law school, he worked at an investment bank, a civil legal services nonprofit, and the Spanish Ministry of Education. Henry earned his B.S. at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.