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Alumni Spotlight

Nathan Brodnax, BA in Philosophy Class of ’04Nathan.Brodnax

Nathan Brodnax is a Partner at Zieve, Brodnax & Steele, LLP—an Irvine based law firm specializing in creditor rights matters. Mr. Brodnax concentrates his practice on foreclosure litigation and title curative issues, as well as a variety of other loan default related areas. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named the Department’s Outstanding Graduate of 2004. Nathan went on to graduate Cum Laude from the Pepperdine School of Law, where he was a member of its prestigious Law Review program. After being admitted to practice law in California in 2007 he became dual licensed in 2011 after passing the Arizona Bar Exam. In his free time Nathan is a regular contributor to a variety of legal publications, including the United Trustee Association Quarterly and the Legal League Quarterly. Nathan currently lives in Huntington beach with his wife and three daughters.



Here’s a sample of what our alumni are up to:

Clinton Packman, BA in Philosophy Class of ’10
PhD student, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is his bio from the University of Wisconsin Department of Philosophy: Clinton is primarily interested the (meta)ethics of belief, epistemic permissivism, and mushy credences. He also enjoys thinking about issues in applied ethics having to do with the moral limits of markets (particularly with respect to data markets) and corporate social responsibility. When he isn’t worrying about what he should believe, what should be for sale, etc., he can likely be found biking around Madison, playing with his dogs, or working on Philosophy TV.

Chhunny Chhean, BA in Philosophy Class of ’05
Senior Assistant City Attorney, Dallas Texas. Before pursuing a law degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Chhunny graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude at Cal State Long Beach. Chhunny currently counsels the City of Dallas on policy, election issues, and the Ethics Advisory Commission.

Michael Zar, BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies Class of ’02
Associate Attorney at Kushner Carlson. Before pursuing his law degree at University of San Diego, Michael was a Peccorini Scholarship Award winner and Honors student. Michael specializes in business and real estate law.

Geneva Englebrecht, BA in Philosophy Class of ’05
Associate Attorney at Thompson & Horton, LLP. She specializes in disability law, education law, and children’s rights. Before pursuing her J.D. at Whittier Law School (2008), Geneva received numerous awards from CSU Long Beach, including President’s List, Distinguished Student Award, and Dean’s List. She was also a Senior Attorney with the California law firm of Atkinson, Anderson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

William Senior, BA in Philosophy Class of ’02
Senior Associate Attorney at Benjamin L. England & Associates. He specializes in food, drug, device, and cosmetics law. After leaving CSULB, William earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Franica Tawn, BA in Philosophy & Political Science Class of ’01
Earned her J.D. at U.C. Hastings Law School in 2007, and is a general practice attorney in Lancaster, CA.

Emily Barrett, MA in Philosophy Class of ’14
PhD student University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is her bio from the University of Wisconsin Department of Philosophy: Emily received a B.A. in philosophy from Colby College and an M.A. in philosophy from Cal State Long Beach. In her master’s thesis she defended the view that delusions are beliefs, and her research sparked an interest in philosophy of psychiatry. She also has interests in epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of cognitive science.

Rebekah (Bonner) Cummings, BA in Philosophy Class of ’11Rebekah.Cummings

Rebekah is a faculty member at the University of Utah where she works as a Research Data Management Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library. After graduating from CSULB in 2011, Rebekah earned her master’s degree in library and information science at UCLA and worked on a National Science Foundation grant studying the data practices of scientists. Upon graduation, Rebekah received the 2013 UCLA Chancellor’s Marshall Award, “an honor given to one Information Studies student who exemplifies academic excellence and service to the Department and its community.” Rebekah trains researchers at the University of Utah in data management best practices and works closely with them to find, manage, and share their data. In addition to her data management work, Rebekah is the library liaison to the Department of Philosophy and chairs a steering committee to build a digital scholarship space on campus. Rebekah enjoys politics, and was recently elected as the President of the Utah Library Association. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, son, daughter, and Australian Shepherd.

Kele Perkins, MA in Philosophy Class of ’13Kele Perkins
Kele works at Whittier High School, where he teaches AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, and Speech & Debate (including Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, and Model UN). He is also the advisor of the school’s Philosophy Club and Chess Club. Under Kele’s supervision, the Whittier Chess Club won the 2014 National Junior Chess Congress Championship in the ‘Age 16 and Under’ division. They have also won 5 consecutive league titles, and in 2016 they won the state championship for the ‘Under 1400’ division. As the founder of the club, Perkins has directed more than 100 free rated tournaments. In 2013, Kele earned the MA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, where he pursued interests in logic and epistemology, with particular interest in the issue of epistemic closure. Following his graduation, Kele is also now in his third year as a part-time faculty member at Long Beach City College, where he teaches Critical Thinking. He is married and has two children.