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Brian Denny

Brian Denny

Brian has been instructing standardized test preparation courses for several years and is proud to bring his passion for learning and teaching to UCI. Brian has extensive classroom experience as both an instructor and a student. He is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and a teaching assistant in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant and teaching test preparation courses, he has also developed and taught specialized curriculum for an advanced program in several local high schools and mentored first-generation college students. Prior to moving to Southern California to complete his doctoral degree, Brian completed a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Megan Brooker

Megan Brooker

Megan is a currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research explores the intersection between social movement activism and institutional politics. She teaches classes in the social sciences and serves as a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate students. Megan earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Haverford College, an M.P.A. in Public Affairs from Washington State University, and an M.A. in Sociology from UC Irvine. She agrees wholeheartedly with Nelson Mandela’s assertion: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” She looks forward to helping others succeed on the SAT and GRE exams so they can take the next step in their educational journeys.

Lariska Theron

Lariska Theron

Lariska is a dedicated instructor with experience teaching students from a multitude of educational backgrounds. For the past four years, she has worked with students preparing for the SAT/ACT/GRE and has provided college application counseling for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her passion for science led her to multiple undergraduate teaching positions during her time at UCLA. After achieving her B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, she continued to UC Irvine, where she is currently working towards her M.S. in Biotechnology Management. Lariska strives to maximize individual performance by catering instruction to each student’s needs. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter and trying new recipes.

D'lorah L. Hughes

D'lorah L. Hughes

D'lorah has a wealth of experience in clinical education. Prior to joining UCI Law in July 2016, she was Director of Clinical Education at Wayne State Law School, where she was responsible for oversight and development of the clinical education program. Prior to this role, Professor Hughes was Associate Director of Clinical Education and Director of Externships at Wayne State Law. She has also held academic positions at the University of Arkansas School of Law-Fayetteville, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Whittier Law School.

Professor Hughes has directed and taught clinics in the areas of juvenile law, criminal law, and health law, and she developed a clinic in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama/Jackson v. Hobbs. She also co-created the Law and Social Work Services Program, an interdisciplinary program that places Social Work Graduate Students in the Legal Clinic at University of Arkansas School of Law for one-year terms.

Previously, she practiced law as a deputy public defender for the Orange County Public Defender's Office in California and as a staff attorney at the AIDS Legal Assistance Project at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

She holds leadership positions on the Board of Directors for the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) and the Executive Committee for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Balance in Legal Education.