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Brandon Bob

Brandon Bob

Class of 2019
Certified Law Student Intern, Public Defender's Office of El Dorado County

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergraduate: California State University Sacramento
Major: Criminal Justice B.S. degree
Year/Track: 2019


When he was about 6 years old, Brandon Bob knew he wanted to become a lawyer. He recalls, "I grew up wanting to be a lawyer. As young as 5 years old, I would formulate arguments with my parents that were not the typical child argument. They were founded on strong organized arguments." He confesses, "This has been a lifelong dream of mine that I am finally living!"

When asked why he chose McGeorge, Brandon replies, "McGeorge has close ties to the Public Defender's Office. I want to spend my career in the Public Defender's Office, either in the county or federal office. This is because I have a strong want and need to protect every single person charged with a crime and ensure their right to a zealous defense is provided, and I believe I can make a real difference. I also chose McGeorge because of the Federal Defenders Clinic, which I hope to take part in."  

Brandon appreciates the dedication McGeorge's staff and professors have to their students' success. "Here I am now at McGeorge, excited for what is next and enjoying the ride as it is occurring!"

His ultimate hope and dream is to work in the Federal Defender's Office, and he recognizes the path there is usually through the county office. Brandon remarks, "I realize I will need to sacrifice the making of big money to work in Public Defense. I will have to work hard because of large caseloads and not have the most ideal clients, but I truly think I can make a difference and protect everyone's rights, no matter who they are, is the only thing that matters to me."  

Brandon has two daughters who are 13 and 11 years old. He is very close to his brothers and both of his parents, who are still happily married after 43 years of marriage. "I am a diehard san Francisco 49er fan! So much so that even during law school, I find the time to take a few hours to myself every Sunday to watch the game," said Brandon.  

In fall semester 2017, Brandon completed his first criminal trial in the Trial Advocacy course. In that trial, the jury came back "hung" on a first-degree murder charge.

"As any defense attorney or aspiring defense attorney knows, this is a "win" because my client was coming home, as long as the government did not choose to re-try the case," said Brandon. "This trial was an affirmation of what I already knew about myself, that I have what it takes to be a public defender. It was this affirmation because I had numerous jurors as well as the judge himself come up to me and tell me how powerful and persuasive my closing argument was."

Brandon hopes to work at the Sacramento County Public Defender's Office after graduation.

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