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Kimberly Barnes

Class of 2019
Chief Legislation Editor, The University of the Pacific Law Review Volume 50

Hometown: Gold River, California
Undergraduate: California State University, Sacramento
Major: Philosophy

Kimberly Barnes decided to attend McGeorge to become an agent of change. A year before she enrolled at McGeorge, her political leanings shifted from right to left and she became impassioned to fight against corporate citizenship and to champion human and animal rights. "I wanted to have the education that would enable me to pushback."

Barnes dreams of becoming a political advisor and with a law degree, she believes that she can stand apart from the throngs of wannabe strategists. She graduated from Sacramento State cum laude in three years with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a concentration in ethics, politics and law, and a minor in Economics.  

As a Sacramento State student, she worked as the office manager and volunteer coordinator for Doug Ose's congressional campaign and afterwards went on to work for Ose's political fundraiser, Wendy Warfield. Before graduating she also served as a public policy intern for the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Barnes chose McGeorge because of its reputation for preparing lawyers who go on to work in politics.   "I also wanted to be near my family who live in Cameron Park, and I just really enjoy the vibe of the Sacramento area. Plus, something that really drew me to McGeorge was the tight-knit culture between the faculty and students-something I didn't observe at other schools I looked at."  

An animal rights advocate, Barnes became a vegan in early 2016 after seeing the darker side of the animal agriculture business. She recently completed a national research grant from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and published an article about commercial breeders and puppy mills featured on the Animal Legal & Historical Center's website (read here).   

Also an avid writer, Barnes writes for The University of the Pacific Law Review, where her article analyzing the use of forced arbitration in banking contracts will be published in the forthcoming Greensheets edition. Barnes will also be spending the 2018-2019 school year as Chief Legislation Editor on the Law Review's Board of Directors for Volume 50.  

After graduation, Barnes hopes to work for a progressive congressional campaign. "The best thing about coming to McGeorge has been the friends I've made and the time I've been able to spend with my family."

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