Ian Worrell, ’21, turns fellowship into career launchpad

A portrait of Ian Worrell, wearing a military uniform. The background of the image is an American flag and another red flag.

Ian Worrell, ’21, is doing a clerkship in Nevada's Ninth Judicial District. After he finishes the clerkship, he plans to go active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps officer.

Ian Worrell, ’21, is not one to rest on his accomplishments; he just keeps building on them. To cap off his many undertakings as a University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law student, Worrell served as the Stauffer Public Interest Law Fellow last spring at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF). The John Stauffer Charitable Trust created the John Stauffer Fellowship in Public Interest Law in 1980 to help McGeorge students gain work experience and training in public interest law litigation at PLF.

Worrell found the internship at the nationally renowned law firm more than just intellectually stimulating.

"It was a very good experience. I helped research and draft parts of arguments for cases that may eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court," Worrell said. "The most exciting day came in mid-March when one of the PLF's major cases, Cedar Point v. Hassid, was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. The whole office was glued to the proceedings."

The Sacramento-based public interest law firm – where several McGeorge graduates have played key roles over its 50-year history — won a 6-3 split decision from the nation’s highest court, affirming that owners can control access to their property or seek compensation.

While a law student, Worrell also completed internships at the California Department of Human Resources and the San Joaquin District Attorney's Office. Additionally, he was a primary comment and management editor for the University of the Pacific Law Review, a member of McGeorge’s nationally renowned Moot Court team, and a teaching assistant for legal research & writing. Worrell also earned a Trial and Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration with his degree.

The Fair Oaks native, who earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, is now clerking for the Hon. Thomas Gregory, '94, in Nevada's Ninth Judicial District.

His next challenge: The United States Marine Corps.

"I've been a second lieutenant (student judge advocate) for the past year," he said. "I will be going active duty as a Marine officer after I finish my clerkship."