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Lisa Ryan
Year Graduated: 2001
Title: Partner, Sacramento office of Cook Brown LLP
Area of Practice: Employment Law

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Carla Robertson

Hometown: Born in Gifu, Japan but grew up in Fairview, Penn.
Undergraduate: Penn State
Major: Marketing and Japanese


In March of 2011, Carla was studying abroad in Nagoya, Japan, when the earthquake-tsunami struck. She watched the TV as the tsunami rolled in and wiped away an entire town. Although Carla was not caught in the storm, she felt the aftershocks in Tokyo where life seemed to stop. And then, slowly Carla witnessed the world come and work together to put life back into Japan. It was this moment when Carla knew what she still wanted to accomplish in life: her lifelong dream to become a lawyer.

Carla was born in Gifu, Japan and was later raised in Fairview, Pennsylvania. Because she comes from a diverse background (her mother is Japanese and her father is Scottish-Irish) Carla is fluent in English and Japanese and to this day still only speaks to her mother in Japanese.

While achieving a degree in Marketing at Penn State, Carla was a part of the Schreyers Honors College where she wrote a thesis on retail fashion marketing and earned her undergraduate degrees with honors and distinction. She also found time to participate in the Penn State Dance MaraTHON (aka THON) with her co-ed professional business fraternity. The year-long fundraising effort culminated into a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon on campus. Carla personally danced all 46 hours during her senior year.

With her sights set on a California law school, Carla chose Pacific McGeorge to obtain her J.D. degree. By finding the courage to leave everything that was familiar behind, Carla has been able to overcome the obstacles that law school has thrown at her; in the meantime she has been able to come to know her fellow students. "I've made amazing lifelong friends that I know I can never forget or replace," she said.

After her first successful year at Pacific McGeorge, Carla spent her summer interning for the Honorable Judge Stephanie Domitrovich of the Court of Common Pleas at the Erie County Courthouse in Pennsylvania. Carla is still uncertain about what type of law she wants to practice, but as a second year student she has plenty of time to make a decision; in the meantime, she is excited for what awaits in her future law school endeavors.

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