Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Undergraduate: CSU, Fresno
Major: Philosophy, Pre-law
Bahar Madani knew she wanted to be a lawyer when, as a 5th grader visiting family in Iran, she was shocked to experience children in desperate conditions begging her-the same age as them-for money.
"My mom explained to me that not all children are lucky enough to have the means and family to care for them. So from a young age I knew that I wanted to get involved with child custody and adoption," said Bahar.
"My long term goal is to have my own practice helping families adopt children from overseas."
Bahar was born and raised in Fresno as a first-generation Iranian American and is fluent in Farsi. Although she knew from a young age that she wanted to be a lawyer, the path to law school was somewhat rocky, she says, since she did not know anyone in law school or anyone who had gone through the process.
"Overall it was all worth it," said Bahar. "I made it here and I am certain that being an attorney is the right career choice for me."
A visit to the McGeorge campus sold her on the school. "This is a 10-acre, beautiful campus dedicated to graduate students," said Bahar. "It is nice to be on a campus filled with only professional students."
Bahar is involved in several campus activities. She's currently the SBA Treasurer at McGeorge and also the work study assistant at the Registrar's office on campus.
She also just completed a 2015 Sacramento County Bar Association Diversity fellowship. As one of only 15 students accepted from McGeorge and UC Davis combined, Bahar was placed in the law offices of Harris & Yempuku as a law clerk the summer after her first year of law school.
This is Bahar's first step toward her goal: passing the bar the first time and landing a job with a great law firm.
She believe she'll be well-prepared for this goal. "The faculty and staff here are amazing," said Bahar. "They will go out of their way for anyone who needs anything. It really is a family feel here."