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From Clinic Advocate to Public Defender: Meet Brendan Nafarrate '21

February 26, 2024

Brendan Nafarrate ’21 was raised by immigrant grandparents from Mexico and Guatemala, whose struggles inspired him to advocate for his community. Before law school, he was a paralegal assisting non-citizens in their family law and immigration matters. With a strong desire to serve his community, he enrolled in Southwestern Law School. While there, he was particularly active in the clinics and public interest projects. He was a student advocate in the Community Lawyering Clinic and the Ninth Circuit Appellate Litigation Clinic.

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