- Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
- Length of Ceremony: Approximately 2 hours
- Time: Friday, May 29 at 6:00 PM
- Location: Chabot College Grand Court (If
RAIN, Chabot College Performing Arts Center)
- Student Information
Sergio C. Garcia
Attorney at Law
Sergio Covarrubias Garcia was born on March 1, 1977 in the State
of Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of 17 months he was brought to
the United States by his parents. When he was about 10 years
old, Sergio decided to become an attorney, after seeing the
injustice in his country. In Mexico, Sergio was involved in
school academic contests, was school president and graduated
from the equivalent
to junior high with the highest honors.
His father decided to bring Sergio and all his family back to the
United States. On November 18, 1994, his father applied to
adjust Sergio’s legal status, his application was approved on
January 15, 1995.
Sergio went to Durham High School and graduated with several
awards. At that point, he had captured the attention of
prestigious institutions: Stanford, Berkeley, UC Davis and
others. Sadly, he was forced to decline offers from these
institutions since he was still in the process of adjusting his
status and therefore did not qualify for the scholarships these
Instead, Sergio continued his education at Butte College where he
obtained AA degrees in Social and Behavioral Sciences and AS in
Business Administration. After Butte College, Sergio transferred
to Chico State University where he successfully completed the
Paralegal Certificate Program in 2005.
Later he enrolled in Cal Northern School of Law. Going to a night
school allowed him to continue working full time during the day
while attending school at night. Sergio successfully graduated
from law school with a Juris Doctorate on May 9, 2009. Degree
that he dedicated to his mother on mother's day.
On November 21, 2009 Sergio successfully passed the
California Bar Exam on his first attempt, but following an
extended and grueling investigation he was denied a license
solely on the basis of his lack of immigration status which had
been in process for more than 15 years.
years waiting for his day in court the California Supreme Court
in San Francisco heard the arguments for the landmark case of
Sergio C. Garcia on September 4th, 2013. After oral arguments a
denial became imminent short of action from the legislature.
Fortunately, in an unprecedented show of support the California
legislature passed AB1024 inspired my Mr. Garcia's case. This
law is historic not only in the bipartisan support 91 to 9, but
also in the fact that it passed in 7 days.
On January 2, 2014 the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous
ruling in favor of Mr. Garcia and against the U.S. Department of
Justice. This landmark decision will open the door for many
others who were waiting to become attorneys and hoping that Mr.
Garcia's sacrifice would dramatically change history and allow
them to fulfill their dreams.
The same year SB 1159 made its way to the Governor's desk
and was signed opening the door to an estimated 1.85 million
professionals in California starting January 1, 2016. This law
allows undocumented professionals to obtain their professional
licenses by the use if an ITIN number instead of a social
security and was inspired by Mr. Garcia's bruising journey. Mr.
Garcia has in fact made history!