Meet Our 2020 Summer Associates
June 22, 2020
Downey Brand is pleased to welcome our 2020 summer associates to the firm. This talented class of seven law students will be with us through July 31, 2020. Although our summer program will feel a bit different this year due to social distancing, our program will still provide summer associates with the opportunity to work on exciting and interesting projects, as well as the opportunity to get to know our wonderful staff and attorneys.
Farah Amjad is a first year law student at University of California, Davis School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History & African American Studies from Princeton University. She is currently a Legal Counselor at UC Davis Workers’ Rights Clinic and prior to attending law school she was a Fact-Checker and Editorial Intern in New York. She is participating in the firm’s summer program by way of the Sacramento County Bar Diversity Fellowship Program. Farah has studied abroad in Italy, Poland and Greece. Among her interests are British television, cultural history, and Scandinavian Noir (crime fiction usually written from a police point of view and set in Scandinavia or the like).
Mark Anishchenko is a second year law student at the University of California, Davis School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Oregon. He worked as a Legal Intern for the Yolo County District Attorney’s office following his 1L year, and worked as a Sales Associate at The Home Depot in Eugene, Oregon for nearly two years. Mark is fluent in Russian, with an advanced level certification from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and enjoys “high adrenaline activities” such as skydiving and downhill mountain biking.
Jaycee Dean is a second year law student at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara. As a 1L she worked at Carter, Wetch & Associates as a Lobbying Intern. Jaycee studied abroad in Italy during undergrad and was on the UCSB Women’s Rowing team.
Breana Inoshita is a second year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies (with a Minor in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning), from the University of California, Davis. During her 1L Summer she worked as a Legal Intern at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, on the Transportation Team. Breana served as a voting board member for a local chapter of the Florin Japanese American Citizens League, one of the oldest and most active local community organizations involved in teaching cross-cultural understanding and promoting civil rights of all people, for 3 years.
Kyle Kloeppel is a second year law student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from University of California, Berkeley. Kyle worked as a data scientist at California Correctional Health Care Services in Elk Grove for about 3 ½ years before attending law school. Among his interests are animal advocacy, mid-century architecture, and eclectic musical tastes ranging from 90’s hip hop, to punk, to folk.
Annie Marcroft is a second year law student at University of Alabama School of Law. She went to San Diego State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy. For part of her 1L summer she was a Summer Associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, and then spent the rest of her summer as a Law Clerk for Honorable Judge L. Scott Coogler with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Annie has 15 years of classical training in ballet and counts craft beer, baking and vintage clothing among her interests.
Danielle (“Dani”) Nafekh is a second year law student at Pepperdine University School of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics with a Minor in Accounting from the University of California, Davis. She spent her 1L summer as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable John A. Mendez at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. While attending U.C. Davis she was a NCAA Division 1 basketball player (Point Guard and Shooting Guard). She also enjoys mystery novels and vegetarian cooking.