Graham Ojala-Barbour '08
Major: religion and Spanish
(J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2011)
"In my work, I am challenged to apply the often restrictive immigration laws of the United States to try to solve the problems of my clients.
"The training in critical analysis and writing that I received as a PLU religion major assists me on a daily basis. Like a good theologian, a good lawyer must interpret the text creatively to make it relevant to people's lives.
"In addition to providing academic training, PLU’s religion faculty encouraged me to pursue my interests and offered me an opportunity to do so. While a student at PLU, I spoke about the issues facing undocumented immigrants with Religion Professor Sam Torvend, who connected me with a prominent immigration attorney in Minnesota—and this link helped me get started in my career, by providing the opportunity for a fellowship at a non-profit organization doing legal work to help low-income immigrants."