Mission: RELA's mission is introducing law students to the intersection between law and the real estate industry, and showing students the various roles that real estate plays in their lives and careers. With support from the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, RELA works in cooperation with its sister group, the UCLA Anderson Real Estate Association, to expose law students to mentors as well as potential future clients or business partners. RELA also seeks to strengthen the connection between UCLA law students and the greater Los Angeles real estate community by engaging with social issues related to real estate.
RELA Board Members
RELA Board 2020-2021
Director of Alumni Affairs / Director of Outreach
Director of Communications
Board Member Biographies
Kevin is a third-year law student at UCLA School of Law and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Kevin graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA in 2017 with a B.A. degree in Political Science. At the age of eighteen, Kevin began his real estate career as a licensed real estate agent at Keller Williams Realty. Kevin has dealt with many facets of real estate including brokerage, investment and development. On the brokerage end, Kevin primarily specializes in value-add gas stations.
During law school, Kevin and his team won first place in the 2019 Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Real Estate Joint Venture Competition, and first place in the 2019 UCLA Transactional Law Competition. Following 1L, Kevin worked as a law clerk at the Los Angeles County Counsel where he assisted the Property Division with land acquisitions. Following 2L, Kevin worked as a summer associate at Pierce Bainbridge where he assisted the managing partner in all aspects of litigation. When not in school, Kevin enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking and playing basketball.
Mary is a second-year law student, and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied Business Administration with an emphasis in real estate. Her studies took her to Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines where she conducted research on each country's respective real estate landscape. Mary spent several years working in the private equity and valuation sectors of commercial real estate before joining UCLA Law in the Fall of 2019.
During her first year, Mary served as one of RELA's 1L representatives and competed in the 2020 Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Competition. Following 1L, Mary worked as a compliance intern for the TCW Group. In her free time, Mary enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her friends exploring new spots in Los Angeles.
Ryan is a second-year law student from Madison, Wisconsin. He studied economics and political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with distinction in 2019. During that time, he worked as a file clerk at a mid-size firm in Madison with a robust real estate practice as well as a breadth of other focus areas. During his 1L year, he volunteered with the El Centro Landlord/Tenant legal clinic and participated in the Pircher Nichols Joint Venture Challenge, kick-starting his enthusiasm to begin a career in Real Estate Law.
Over the 2020 summer, Ryan worked as a land use and project development intern at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit that develops parks, gardens, and green space within LA's low-income neighborhoods. When not in school or working, Ryan enjoys following sports, DJing and discovering new music, and experimenting in the kitchen.
Victoria is a second-year student, born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Victoria graduated summa cum laude with her BA in Economics from George Fox University in 2017. After graduation, Victoria gained experience in real estate while working as a community development program coordinator in the public and non-profit sectors. During her first summer of law school, Victoria researched regional affordable housing policy and programs through the non-profit wing of Pedcor Companies. In her free time, Victoria likes to learn languages and eat good food.
Tim was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is a second-year student at UCLA School of Law. Tim graduated cum laude from New York University in 2018 with a B.A. in Economics and minor in Japanese. After graduating, Tim spent six months living in Tokyo, Japan, where he further honed his Japanese skills as a student at Waseda University.
Prior to beginning law school, Tim worked at the Orland Law Group, where he gained experience in both litigation and transactional law. Tim is specializing in tax and corporate law and is excited to pursue his interests in real estate law. In his free time, Tim enjoys outdoor activities with his friends and family.
Dana is a third-year law student, originally from the Quad Cities, Iowa. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia College Chicago with a major in Arts Management and a minor in Intellectual Property Management. Dana's interest in real estate grew considerably at UCLA Law after taking courses in taxation and real estate finance, as well as researching equitable community redevelopment for Professor Scott Cummings during the summer. In February 2020, Dana and her team won first place at the Pircher, Nichols & Meeks Joint Venture Competition against USC. In her free time, Dana enjoys DJing and knitting
Tiffany Sabbah is a 3L at UCLA School of Law interested in the practice of real estate law. Born and raised in Southern California, Tiffany graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology in 2018. Tiffany's passion for real estate stems from her family's involvement in real estate in the Los Angeles area. As a law student, Tiffany is excited to explore the connection between real estate and the law through her work with RELA, and at her job upon graduation.
Andrew is a third-year law student at UCLA School of Law. Andrew grew up in Tampa, Florida, and is a graduate of New York University. Following college, Andrew was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy. He completed two tours aboard the destroyer USS Spruance, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer.
After 1L, Andrew externed in the chambers of Judge Elizabeth Allen White of the California Superior Court. During his 2L year, Andrew gained valuable real estate experience while externing in the legal department of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT. In his free time, Andrew enjoys tennis, reading, and is a fan of formula one racing.