Class of 2019
Hometown: Holon, Israel
Undergraduate: CSU Sacramento
Uri Grant finds it comical he speaks fluent Russian and English because he is originally from a country that only speaks Hebrew, Israel. Coming to the United States at the age of nine, he learned the English language by doing year-round competitive swimming.
Being competitive, Uri decided to challenge himself and become a swim coach when he entered CSU Sacramento. Working with his swimmers, Uri focused on helping them achieve their goals inside and outside of the pool. This passion of helping people landed him a job at a major hospital, Dignity Health.
Working at Dignity Health only bolstered Uri's competitive spirit and passion for helping others. He learned the drastic need for better patient care and representation of medical enrollees; this is where Uri decided to go to law school.
Originally, Uri's educational path built a route to psychiatry, but after some soul-searching and opportunities to observe multiple facets of the legal field, Uri felt destined to go to law school. He commented, "it is my dream job to continuously solve analytical puzzles and never run out of things to learn; but most importantly, I want to help others." After taking a tour of the campus, Uri made the decision to enroll in McGeorge because he knew the school developed professionals.
Being of a competitive nature, Uri immersed himself into McGeorge's culture at every opportunity presented. He is a member of the Mock Trial team where he was a finalist of the Ben Franz competition, a primary editor for the Volume 50 of The University of the Pacific Law Review, a research assistant in environmental law for Professor Rachael Salcido, a student representative for the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, the Vice Magistrate of McGeorge's Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, a board member of the Health Law Association, and a board member of the Trial Advocacy Association. In addition, with the help of McGeorge's Externship Department, Uri accepted a full-time judicial extern position where he will work for Magistrate Judge Allison Claire during his fall semester of his 3L year.
Through McGeorge, Uri received amazing legal experience where he could continue his passion of helping others. He worked at the Department of Managed Health Care researching challenging legal questions enrollees faced under the Knox-Keene Act, he worked at a private family law firm dealing with custody battles and dissolutions when people were at their most vulnerable state, and he also worked at a local litigation firm, Porter Scott, extensively researching and drafting memorandums for many civil litigation practices.
From his gained experiences, Uri is destined to continue his professional career as a litigator. He intends to stay in Sacramento and deepen his roots. Moreover, his goal is to connect the Slavic community to the American legal system, saying: "the community needs someone to act as a bridge; it is tough, but I want to help break the language barrier and build their confidence in our legal community."
When asked about his favorite part of McGeorge, Uri replied, "Everything! The campus feels like home because all the students go through the trenches together. The classes are great for legal discussions and learning. The professors and staff are here for us-ready to answer all our questions. And of course, you cannot forget the free coffee."