“I have never heard such a high-pitched scream in my life.” Barpasser Mario Gonzalez says that eerie noise was coming from his Mom, upon hearing of his success. She would know first-hand what it was like. His Mom, Leah Cole, along with his sister, Rachel Gonzalez, and his brother-in-law, Michael Mahoney, are all San Joaquin College of Law grads and previous barpassers.
Chris Matthes managed to turn learning he passed the bar into a family affair by having his wife and son join him in simultaneously pressing the computer key which would show whether he passed. This is more difficult than it sounds, because his son, Christoph, was not due to be born for another ten days.
Mario and Chris were among the SJCL barpassers toasted at the traditional Champagne Reception. Many were not only celebrating landing a bar card, but also landing a job.
Both Joe Alindajao and Diego Andrade have been picked up by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, with Diego just learning he had been hired that morning, while Alison Morris De Young becomes a Deputy DA for Fresno County. Jordan Brown had the “you pass, you’re hired” offer in hand from Sullivan and Sullivan Law Corporation, Sean Fredin had a similar offer from Lloyd Winter P.C., Ryan Kalashian starts work as an attorney for Marderosian & Cohen, Chris Matthes has been picked up by Campagne & Campagne and Leila Alamri-Kassim becomes an Associate Attorney at Lozano Smith.
Others, like Jeffrey Boggs and Erik Hawkins, have long dreamed of opening their own private practices.
The exact number of SJCL barpassers is not known. The State Bar no longer releases that information to law schools. SJCL has received word of 16 that passed the February Bar, but that could change. Last November, the Law School discovered two more barpassers after they simply showed up at the Champagne Reception and another called the Law School the next day. A fourth barpasser turned up at the Bar Admissions Ceremony and a fifth called SJCL six months later to let the Law School know he had also passed.
If you are an SJCL July Barpasser not mentioned here, please contact the Law School for a cup of congratulations!