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Sara Bobbitt

Managing Attorney of Immigration Legal Services
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
Area of Practice: Immigration Law
Year Graduated: 2012

Undergraduate: Ohio Wesleyan University
Major: International Studies and Spanish double major

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Sara Bobbitt,'12, entered McGeorge School of Law knowing she wanted to represent people on the margins. She considered immigration law after completing an externship at the Mexican Consulate and taking Prof. Raquel Aldana's immigration class. "Then I worked in the immigration clinic and it really solidified my desire to practice immigration," Bobbitt says.

The clinic gave her the opportunity to practice what she was learning and to work directly with clients.

In December 2014, Bobbitt became the managing attorney of immigration legal services at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. She set up the operation, which launched in April.

In addition to providing food and clothing, the food bank offers services such as citizenship and GED and ESL classes. Employees realized that many of their clients also need immigration legal help.

The new unit is partially funded by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. The diocese was running its own immigration legal services nonprofit but closed it and approached the food bank to manage a similar program.

Bobbitt oversees three caseworkers and serves clients. Most cases have been family-based immigration applications.

She saw a surge in demand for immigration services with President Barack Obama's executive order, which allowed eligible undocumented parents of children who are citizens or permanent residents to stay in the United States for up to three years without fear of deportation.

 "When I get to help clients stay in the country where they've been building their lives, it's extremely rewarding," Bobbitt says. "Through the process, I see many clients transform and become empowered with the realization that they won't have to remain in the shadows."

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