Class of 2018
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Major: International Affairs
Samina Azizi has had a strong desire to pursue law since she was very young. Growing up in Lawrenceville, Georgia as the oldest of five children, it was always her dream to stand up for others and protect those who need it. As the daughter of Afghan immigrants, Samina enjoys speaking Farsi and celebrating diversity, including her own: "Muslim American females in the field of law is quite underrepresented; Now more than ever, it is of great importance that first-generation Middle Easterners, like myself, advocate for tolerance by exemplifying modern Islam and core American values."
Samina attended the University of Georgia as an undergraduate and majored in International Affairs with a minor in Religion. She worked as a legal assistant at Dillon Law Firm after her graduation. While law was always an interest, Samina put her dreams on the backburner while she pursued another passion: education. After attending Pepperdine University, Samina received a Master of Arts in Education. She took up student teaching positions during her graduate school education and went on to teach full-time as a certified Google Educator: "My favorite part about teaching was the special bonds and daily interactions I had with my students; my long-term career goal is to represent disadvantaged students on legal issues and empower them with access to the most advanced educational technology available."
Even with a promising teaching career, Samina knew that she still wanted to pursue law. Moving to Sacramento seemed like the greatest opportunity for her. Samina likes that she can be so involved with her fellow students at McGeorge. At McGeorge, Samina is proud to be the 1L rep for Women's Caucus because she believes in their mission in empowering women in law, as well as minorities. Samina is open to working in the laws of business, intellectual property, and education in the future.