When she joined the Office of the Public Defender and lost her first five cases, rookie attorney Michele Forrar took her drubbing and carried on. Finally, she celebrated a victory with number six, the misdemeanor case of defendant Brian Robinson.
Forrar was raised in an upper-middle-class Republican family in Sacramento. The last thing her parents imagined was that she would choose to become a public defender. Their friends often ask her, "How can you defend those guilty people?" She says that her own comfortable circumstances actually fueled her conviction to defend the less fortunate, and now she's fighting for their constitutional rights.
Michele graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and received her law degree from the University of San Francisco Law School.