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Kendall Fisher

Class of 2018
Editor-in-Chief, University of the Pacific Law Review, Volume 49

Undergraduate: San Francisco State University
Major: Psychology

Music has always been an important part of Kendall's life - she began taking cello lessons on her fourth birthday and later took piano and violin lessons as well. Kendall skipped both the 5th and 6th grades and enrolled in an independent study program through Laurel Springs School in Ojai, California, which allowed her to focus more time on her musical activities.

Kendall played in several youth orchestras and groups, including the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also participated in music festivals like the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. She participated in a chamber music program in Florence, Italy, and went on tour with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra to Spain and France.

During her last two years of high school, she attended the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and won a competition to perform a cello solo with the school's orchestra. That year, she also performed an entire concert on her own at San Francisco State University.   She began her undergraduate career at University of California Los Angeles as a cello performance major but came back home to the Bay Area after that year when she realized she enjoyed making music more when it is not her career focus. A Bay Area native, Kendall finished her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University majoring in psychology. While in college, Kendall also worked at Starbucks as a shift supervisor.   

Kendall took paralegal classes at a local community college at her mother's suggestion. Kendall acknowledges, "My mom knew law school would be a good fit for me, and this would be a great way to get a feel for it. I loved these classes and was sold on the idea of law school, and so I took the LSAT and applied to McGeorge soon after."  

Due to her hard work but mostly the invaluable support system of her mom and sister, Kendall's dedication in law school has paid off, both in being selected as Editor-in-Chief of The University of the Pacific Law Review and academically - she has earned seven Witkin awards. She has also been a research assistant for Professor Michael Vitiello since the end of her 1L year in May 2016.  

Kendall is the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 49 of The University of the Pacific Law Review. Kendall states, "I enjoyed my experience as a staff writer on the law review during my 2L year and was excited to be chosen for this year's Board." As a staff writer, she wrote two pieces that are being published in the journal. The first was part of the "Greensheets" issue, which focuses on California legislation. She wrote on Chapter 627, a bill expanding prohibitions on synthetic cannabinoids, in her article called "Chapter 627: Not All Spice Is Nice," available online.  

Her second piece is a student Comment, which will be published in the third issue of Volume 49 later this year. In her Comment, she writes about sentencing commissions in light of the American Law Institute's recent revisions to the Model Penal Code, and discuss the benefits California could see from adopting a sentencing commission, including better insulation of judicial impartiality.   During her law school summers, Kendall has clerked at both the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General's Office. During the Spring 2018 semester, she will be a judicial extern in Judge Morrison C. England, Jr.'s chambers at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.  

Kendall enjoys spending time with her two dogs, a pug/chihuahua mix ("chug") named Bam and a miniature pinscher named Cooper. She appreciates "the close feel of the school, including both the campus itself and the approachability of every professor." She recalls, "Back when I visited McGeorge before even applying, the first thing that captured my mind was all of the beautiful trees on campus. Over the past two and a half years here, I have gotten to know several professors well and am sure that I will stay connected with them long after I graduate. Last but not least, I have met several classmates that I will be close with for the rest of my life, most importantly my boyfriend Wiemond, who I met in my first-year section at McGeorge and first got to know in the Spring 2016 semester of Global Lawyering Skills I. McGeorge will always have a special place in my heart."

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