Article from the Merced Sun-Star
Thursday, June 6, 2002
By Mike De La Cruz
A VERY SPECIAL SWEARING-IN
Fuentes’ story one of perseverance
Carlos Fuentes, 33, who was sworn in as a full-fledged attorney Wednesday, succeeded the hard way.
Fuentes, born in Michoacan, Mexico, graduated from Livingston High School and then enrolled in the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology before pursuing his legal studies.
To earn his law degree, Fuentes studied for four years at the university, attending tedious, three-hour night classes and working all day at the Santa Barbara courthouse as a Spanish interpreter.
He returned to Merced County and worked as an interpreter for another four years before passing the bar in February.
Fuentes, admitting he had difficulties with the examination the first few times, but said he didn’t give up and only studied harder.
Merced County Superior Court Judge Robert Quall, who presided at the swearing-in ceremony, said, “The fact he passed (the bar examination) is a credit to his perseverance."
In fact, the judge predicted Fuentes’ perseverance is going to make him a better lawyer.
The swearing-in ceremony, conducted in Quall’s courtroom shortly after noon, was well-attended by judges, attorneys, courthouse employees and well-wishers.
More importantly, Pedro and Aurora Fuentes, the lawyer’s father and mother, attended the brief ceremony.His father said, “I’m very proud of my son for the road he has followed.”