Real Estate Law Association


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.

Mike Polvi

Mike Polvi, President

Mike is from the Central Coast and graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. His passion for real estate stems from his family background in construction. Following his first year at UCLA Law, Mike served as a fellow at Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in the housing clinic. After graduation, he will join the real estate law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson in Los Angeles.

In 2018, Mike was named a Peter Bren Fellow by the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate and received the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. Graduate Scholarship from the International Council of Shopping Centers. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing basketball and sailing.

Vanessa King

Vanessa King, Executive Vice President

Vanessa was born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a 2017 graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied Business Administration. Vanessa grew up around the real estate industry as both her father and grandfather worked in real estate. Vanessa gained real estate experience as a construction and development summer intern at Kennedy Wilson in Beverly Hills before law school.

Following 1L, Vanessa worked as a summer associate in the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles. After 2L, Vanessa will return to Kirkland & Ellis as a summer associate after spending a portion of her summer as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. When not in school, Vanessa can be found traveling or exploring Los Angeles.

Will Swanson

Will Swanson, Vice President of Operations

Will was born and raised in Los Angeles. In 2016, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Political Science. While at Santa Clara, he worked for a small business incubator and spent a summer abroad working for an NGO.

Will has pursued his interest in transactional law and real estate law through UCLA’s Business Law Specialization and the Real Estate Law Association. He also spent the 2018 summer working in securities law and capital markets for the SEC in Washington D.C. Outside of school, he enjoys golfing and following UCLA athletics.

Scott Kaplan

Scott Kaplan, Secretary

Scott is a 3L pursuing a Business Law Specialization. He grew up in Dana Point, California and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated with a B.A. in History. During undergrad, he was a member of the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team and was a summer intern with the commercial real estate firm, CBRE. After undergraduate study, he worked as a Sr. Valuation Associate at CBRE’s Newport Beach office. After graduation, Scott will join the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Peter Baum

Peter Baum, Treasurer

Peter is a second-year law student at the UCLA School of Law and a native of Portland, Oregon. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 2013, where he was captain of the Division 1 Men's Lacrosse Team. Before law school, Peter played professional lacrosse and worked for a sports and entertainment marketing firm in New York City.

Following his 1L year, Peter worked as a summer associate at Barg Singer PC, a boutique real estate law firm in Portland. After 2L, he will join the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis as a summer associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. In his free time, Peter enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and exploring new neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Blake Senet

Blake Senet, AREA Liaison

Blake is a second-year law student at the UCLA School of Law. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended Georgetown University, where he graduated in 2015. He majored in economics and English and worked at the student credit union while in college. Blake has experience in Construction Law, having worked at Gibbs Giden LLP during several summers. He also worked on real estate transactions at Dentons as part of their corporate analyst program.

This past summer, Blake was a proud winner of a Landau Lawyers League championship during his rookie season as part of the Gibbs Giden basketball team. He hopes to secure a starting lineup spot in the coming years. He also is an avid tennis player and fiction reader.

Victoria Ho

Victoria Ho, Director of Alumni Affairs

Victoria is a 3L who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended U.C. Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to law school, Victoria worked in Human Resources at a technology start-up. During her 1L summer, she interned at Trust Company of the West (TCW) in Los Angeles in their Compliance Department. During her 2L summer, Victoria was a Summer Associate at Paul Hastings LLP in Los Angeles, where she plans to practice after graduation. She is also actively involved in the UCLA Law Journal of Law and Technology."

Alyson Tocicki

Alyson Tocicki, Director of Outreach

Alyson is a second-year law student at the UCLA School of Law, where she thoroughly enjoys the Southern California weather given that she is originally from the East Coast. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Delaware with degrees in both Marketing and Media Communication, as well as a minor in International Business with Spanish. Besides dreams of purchasing her first piece of California property, Alyson’s interest in real estate stems from her mom’s career as a realtor.  Outside of RELA, she is also Secretary of the Student Bar Association and serves as a staff member for the UCLA Law Review.

Kenny Chung

Kenny Chung, Director of Communications

Kenny Chung is from Arcadia, California. He is involved in commercial real estate investment and property management. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his master's degree from Harvard University.