Board of Editors
Kali Alnas Smiley is the Editor-in-Chief of USF Law Review, Volume 57. Kali is from Hollister, CA and prior to law school worked as a domestic violence advocate at My Sister’s House in Sacramento, CA. Kali is currently a research assistant for Professor Sidwell. During her rising 3L summer, she was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Hite at the California Superior Court of San Francisco, Criminal Division. Kali was a research assistant for the Law Library during her rising 2L summer and 2L school year. As a research assistant, she worked on various research projects, including the successful exoneration of Joaquin Ciria. During her 2L year, she was also a member of USF Moot Court and competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In her free time, Kali enjoys hiking, playing with her cat, Biko, and spending time with friends and family.
Alyssa Carbonel Matsuhara is the Managing Editor of USF Law Review, Volume 57. Alyssa grew up in Gilroy, California, and graduated from University of California, Irvine with degrees in Political Science and Literary Journalism. Prior to law school, she worked as a senior business immigration analyst at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP. During her rising 2L summer, Alyssa was a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She was a research assistant for Professor Tristin Green and a Civil Procedure tutor for the USF School of Law Academic Support Program during her 2L year. Alyssa was a summer associate at Fragomen during her rising 3L summer. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring independent bookstores, and watching Warriors, Niners, and Giants games.
Brea Aguas is the Executive Editor of the USF Law Review, Volume 57. Prior to law school, Brea obtained her License as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and worked in the mental health field for 10 years. During her 1L summer she interned for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel. Her work experience with HIPAA and Privacy led to her 2L summer internship with Adobe on their Privacy, Trust and Safety Legal team. Brea hopes to bridge her past work and internship experiences with her future legal career. In her free time, Brea loves to travel, read books, and watch movies.
Kirkman Ridd is the Forum Editor of the USF Law Review, Volume 57. Prior to law school, he worked as an international music producer and filmmaker. He received an MFA in Film and Television from UCLA where he won the Jack Nicholson Award for Screenwriting, and is currently a Professor at the Beijing Film Academy. Kirkman was a Surveys Editor for the USF Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal for which he wrote two survey articles and a blog, and during his rising 3L summer he worked with California Lawyers for the Arts. He co-produces a podcast entitled No Visa Needed associated with the USF Immigration Policy Clinic, and he works with film festivals as an artistic director and educator. Kirkman aspires to follow in the footsteps of the USF School of Law’s dedicated professors and alumni who continue to strive for equality, justice, and understanding in our world.
Vanessa Alvarez is the Technical Editor of the USF Law Review, Volume 57. She is originally from Sonoma County (Rohnert Park, CA) and has stayed her entire life in Northern California, attending UC Davis for undergrad. Even though she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and History, Vanessa is passionate about intellectual property law and is expected to receive the Intellectual Property Certificate once graduating law school. Vanessa has demonstrated her passion for IP by externing for Armengaud Guerlain, an IP firm in Paris, France, her 1L summer and externing at Duane Morris, LLP for her 2L summer. During her free time, Vanessa loves listening to music, walking her dog, spending time with her family, and watching sports (Go Giants!). Vanessa hopes to continue work in the IP practice.
Joe Nazzal is the Symposium Editor for the USF Law Review, Volume 57. He is a first generation college student, Joe earned his BA in Comparative Literature at UC Davis before going on to work in cybersecurity. Since beginning his legal career, Joe has clerked at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Eviction Defense Collaborative, as well as at prominent property and white collar firms in the Bay Area. When not bogged down with legal miasma, Joe enjoys nightly Jeopardy episodes, reading fiction, and the local deli scene in his native San Francisco.
Nathan Christie is an Articles Editor for the USF Law Review, Volume 57. He was a spring 2022 judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at the California Supreme Court. During his 1L summer, Nathan was a judicial extern at Baker McKenzie Vietnam where he did research and wrote about the differences between United States and Vietnamese legal frameworks so as to help his colleagues propose new laws in Vietnam. During his 2L summer, Nathan was a Summer Associate at Ropes & Gray, and he plans to continue there post-bar. Prior to law school, Nathan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Finance, then went on to spend two years at Wells Fargo as a Financial Analyst in their Commercial Bank.
Cherie Corona is an Articles Editor of the USF Law Review, Volume 57. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She has been a Physical Therapist for more than 20 years. She returned to school to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer like her father and grandfathers. She has worked at the Placer County District Attorney’s Office and the San Francisco Superior Court-Unified Family Court. She intends to pursue a career in human rights so she can continue her father’s legacy of championing the rights of the poor and marginalized. In her 3L year, she will be taking the International Human Rights course and clinic. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, traveling to places rich in history, working out with her 3 children, and going to the beach in Truckee.
Nico Gonzales is a Comments Editor of the USF Law Review, Volume 57. He is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Francisco. Nico is also a proud first-generation Mexican-American, college graduate, and law student. At USF, Nico is involved with Law Review, ASP, and the Latinx Law Student Association. During his 1L summer, he externed at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as a Pro Se Law Clerk. During his 2L summer, he interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, where he worked on felony cases. In the future, Nico hopes to work on the international stage. Outside of law school, Nico loves spending time with his family and friends, doing judo, playing soccer, trying new food, watching anime, and playing video games.
Stephanie Moser is a Comments Editor for the USF Law Review, Volume 57. Stephanie completed her undergraduate in biology at Santa Clara University. After graduating, Stephanie spent five years as a biopharmaceutical researcher before ultimately deciding to apply to law school. She hopes to pursue a career in intellectual property – focusing on patent law. In her free time Stephanie enjoys reading, painting, and creating macrame tapestries.
Senior Staff Members
Gurinder S. Jassar
Christina G. Leung
My Kim Ong
Albert J. Ujcic III
Assistant to the Editors
Kenji A. Quijano