About

Editors-in-Chief, Samya Abdela

Samya Abdela

Samya Abdela is a 3L at UC Berkeley School of Law and is one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Political Science and is huge Cal fan. She is also a part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and competed at the National Sports Law Negotiations Competition this year. She will be working in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman after graduation and in her spare time likes to cook, travel and mentor aspiring law students. 

Editors-in-Chief, Chante Westmoreland

Chante Westmoreland

Chante Westmoreland is a 3L at Berkeley Law. Chante went to Colorado State University for undergrad and joined Teach For America after graduation. During her time with TFA, she taught elementary school for the San Antonio Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. In addition to teaching, Chante coached high school volleyball, middle school basketball and tennis, and served as a mentor for Girls on the Run. Chante plays on a law school intramural volleyball team and sings in the ProBonotes. Chante is also an avid San Antonio Spurs fan. After graduation, Chante will clerk for Judge Andrew Hanen in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, and will later join the Texas offices of Winston & Strawn.   

Managing Editor, Drew Washington

Drew Washington

Drew Washington is a 2L at Berkeley Law and she is the Managing Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law. In addition, she is currently the Alumni Affairs Chair of Law Students of African Descent (LSAD), board member of the Juvenile Hall Outreach Program and a member of the Moot Court Team. She earned her Bachelor’s from NYU in 2016. Drew ran track and field in college and continues to pursue her love for running. In addition, she loves to travel and mentor young students. Drew worked as a summer associate at Winston & Strawn in San Francisco this past summer and next summer will return to the firm in their New York office.

Publishing Editor, Ephraim Margolin

Ephraim Margolin

Ephraim Margolin is a 3L at Boalt. Prior to law school, Ephraim studied Philosophy at UCLA. This past summer, he was an extern in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The summer before, he worked at the Oakland City Attorney’s Office. An East Bay native, he loves the Warriors, Raiders, and A’s, and hates the Giants and 49ers.

Publishing Editor, James Liu

James Liu

James Liu is a 2L and went to UCLA for undergrad. James spent one year in working at the UCLA Career Center before going to law school. This past summer James was a judicial extern for Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye at the California Supreme Court. In his spare time, James loves everything video games and is very interested in the fast growth of both the video game industry and e-Sports. James also loves everything Game of Thrones and would love to talk to any members about the show/books about his favorite character, Stannis Baratheon.

Article Editor, Olivia Wittels

Olivia Wittels

Olivia Wittels is a 2L at Berkeley Law. She grew up in New York and attended Cornell University (Class of 2014) where she studied English literature and Spanish. This past summer, Olivia interned in Tel Aviv at Shurat HaDin: Israel Law Center, a nonprofit law firm involved in anti-terror litigation. Prior to law school, Olivia worked for an international education NGO, Pencils of Promise, and for NBC Olympics and the U.S. Open. Olivia loves tennis and is the (self-proclaimed) #1 Roger Federer fan.

Article Editor, Luisa Lizoain

Luisa Lizoain

Luisa Lizoain is a 2L at Berkeley Law. Luisa grew up in Toronto and studied Urban Studies at Columbia. Prior to law school, Luisa worked in book publishing and movie distribution. This past summer, she worked at O'Melveny & Myers in the Century City office. She enjoys going to the movies and trying new ice cream flavors.

Article Editor, Melissa Levin

Melissa Levin

Melissa Levin is a 2L at Berkeley Law and one of BJESL's Article Editors. Melissa went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and worked in political communications in Washington D.C. for two years before coming to law school. This past summer, she was a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Richard Seeborg in the Northern District of California. As a North Bay native, her allegiances lie with the Giants and the 49ers.

Article Editor, Rachna Vyas

Rich Vyas

Rachna Vyas is a 2L at UC Berkeley, School of Law and an Articles Editor for Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law. She is also an Executive Editor for Ecology Law Quarterly, Co-President of Boalt Sustainability Team, a member of the Boalt Appellate Team, and a member of The Probonotes.  She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with an A.B. in Public Policy & International Affairs. This past summer, Rachna was a judicial intern for the Honorable Paul D. Wilson of Suffolk Superior Court, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she likes learning new instruments and baking.

Deputy EIC-Entertainment, Lucy White

Lucy White

Lucy is very happy to be a 3L at Berkeley Law, BJESL’s Deputy EIC for entertainment events, and the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Fittingly, after graduation, Lucy is set to work as a first-year transactional associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips—a Los Angeles firm known for their entertainment and digital media expertise. Before law school, Lucy attended UC-Santa Barbara, graduating with a B.A. in Communications and a few years of DJ-ing experience at the university’s community radio station, KCSB 91.9fm. She is also a 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor and enjoys teaching and practicing in the Bay Area as often as possible. 

Deputy EIC-Entertainment, Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson

Brandon Jackson, a 3L at Boalt, grew up in Los Angeles and attended UCLA (class of 2015).  While in undergrad, Brandon worked in film & television production and distribution and attended film markets across the world, including the Cannes Film Festival and Hong Kong FILMART.  Brandon spent his 1L summer and 2L fall semester at GoPro as the sole legal intern and worked at the Los Angeles entertainment law firm Greenberg Glusker during his second summer, where he will be returning upon graduation.  Brandon is spending the fall semester in Toronto working at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as well as Anthem Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Fight Network and Fantasy Sports Network among others.  Brandon has been to all 30 MLB ballparks and has hit a golf ball off the Great Wall of China.  

Deputy EIC-Sports, Stacey Ward

Stacey Ward

Stacey Ward is a 2L at Boalt, and is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law. Prior to law school, Stacey was an English and French double major at UC Santa Barbara. This past summer, she worked at the Department of Labor in San Francisco. Stacey was born and raised in San Francisco, and loves watching the Giants and Warriors. Her favorite NBA player is Manu Ginobili.

Events Editor, Rajan Patel

Rajan Patel

Rajan Patel is a 2L at Berkeley Law. Rajan was born and raised in Oregon and majored in Japanese and International Studies at the University of Oregon prior to law school. He is an avid Arsenal fan, though is still searching for the right NFL, MLB, and NBA teams to support. He is currently going through a "quarter-life-sports-crisis." On the entertainment side of things, Rajan claims that Hulu is better than Netflix. Last summer, Rajan worked as a law clerk for the Office of the General Counsel for the University of California school system. Next summer, Rajan will be working at Kirkland & Ellis in Palo Alto. 

Blog Editor, Joth Bhullar

Joth Bhullar

Joth Bhullar is a 2L at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to law school, Joth studied Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. In his spare time, he loves to write about sports, listen to hip hop, play basketball and cook. This past summer he worked for Baker Botts, focusing on Patent Prosecution and Litigation issues and hopes to focus on the field of Intellectual Property.