» Bobbie K. Ross ('09) opened her own practice; exemplifies community service and leadership

Bobbie RossBobbie K. Ross (’09) certainly leads a busy life. In addition to running her own law firm, the Law Office of Bobbie K. Ross, she donates her time to a wide variety of community service and leadership activities.

“I honestly just woke up one morning and decided to open my own firm. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time, and it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, “said Bobbie K. Ross. Her law firm focuses on civil rights and constitutional law (with an emphasis on the Second Amendment), but she also handles general civil litigation, bankruptcy cases, and appellate work.

Ms. Ross is currently the chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Civil Rights Second Amendment Subcommittee, after helping found the subcommittee. She had the task of convincing the ABA Section of Litigation leadership that there was enough interest in Second Amendment jurisprudence, and ultimately prevailed. 

Additionally, Ms. Ross has donated her time as Corresponding Secretary of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, a high-school mock trial coach, Assistant Editor of the ABA Pro Bono & Public Interest Litigation Committee Newsletter, and Subcommittee Co-Chair of the Minority Trial Lawyer Newsletter Editorial Board.

“It was always important for me to give back and help others as much as I can. Plus, I just enjoy it,” explains Ms. Ross.  “You will find a way to make time for things you like to do.”

Even as a student at Chapman, Ms. Ross was always involved in a wide variety of activities.  She cites Pre-Trial Civil Practice, Trial Practice, and Federal Civil Procedure as the classes she took while at Chapman that helped her most in giving her usable skills and putting her “miles ahead” of other attorneys.

"I would recommend that students in general (not just those looking to go solo) take as many skills courses as they can,” says Ms. Ross.  “Chapman has some awesome adjunct professors and their real-world legal knowledge will help prepare students for their future legal careers and put them ahead of others who graduated at the same time.”

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