SJCL February Barpassers (L to R) back row: Michael Landers, Firas Jaber, and Brett Barcellos; middle row: Megan Brown, Cheri Wortham, Maria “Lupita” Cordova, and Michael Titus; front row: Mandy Kendzora and Randell Harper. Also passing but not pictured: Harout Bouldoukian, Erika Rascon, and Patricia Ziegler-Lopez.                                                                                  
It’s hard to be happier than the Happiest Place on Earth.  But Megan Brown was.  She had accompanied her husband as chaperones for Roosevelt High School’s Grad night at Disneyland the evening her bar results were released.  She says she tried to play it low-key, but her husband wasn’t having it.  He was so ecstatic that not only did roughly 200 Roosevelt High Grads took note, but so did Disneyland, awarding them free ice cream and Fastpass tickets as they celebrated in the Tiki Room.

Randell Harper, her husband, and daughter took off for Avila Beach for a day of celebrating her passing the bar, because when you pass the bar, everywhere is the happiest place on earth!  San Joaquin College of Law received word that the State Bar will not be releasing the names of bar passers to the public or even law schools, so there may be more than the dozen grads who told the school they had passed the February bar.  Those who attended the traditional Barpassers Champagne Reception on May 16th filled the hallway with laughter and plans for the future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Firas Jaber missed the opportunity to take the July bar due to family issues, but was victorious when he took it in February.  He has been clerking for the Tulare County Public Defender’s Office and hopes to be hired on as an attorney soon.  He would join classmates Sarah McNabb and Jarrett Rogers, who passed the July bar and are already working there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Some Barpassers already have a job in hand, having clerked for firms who made the “You pass, you’re hired” offer.                                         
Maria "Lupita” Cordova couldn’t say enough about the support she received while in law school from Perez, Williams, Medina & Rodriguez LLP, where she has clerked for years.  Less than 24 hours after receiving word she had passed, they met with her to finalize her new position and salary.                  
Meanwhile,  Harout Bouldoukian is hoping to turn his clerkship at Wadhwani and Shanfeld (a bankruptcy firm in L.A.) into an Associate position, Mandy Kendzora plans to work as a contract attorney at Wagner, Jones, Kopfman & Artenian, and Brett Barcellos will be talking with the Dias Law Firm about turning his clerkship into work as an attorney.              
Others, like Michael Titus, wanted to wait until they were sure they passed before taking on a position.  Titus had already scheduled his first interview to take place just five days after getting word he had passed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
For most, the relief is almost overwhelming.  At least two admitted they had logged in to the State Bar every day since passing, triple checking that they were indeed listed as a “Barpasser.” 
SJCL congratulates all February Barpassers, including:

Brett Barcellos
Harout Bouldoukian
Megan Brown
Maria Cordova
Randell Harper 
Firas Jaber
Amanda Kendzora
Michael Landers
Erika Rascon
Michael Titus
Cheri Wortham
Patricia Ziegler-Lopez