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Napa Valley Register: "Napan Lomeli goes from battlefield to courtroom"

August 30, 2016 -- Bonifacio Lomeli, Class of 2019 and United States Army veteran, has been featured in the Napa Valley Register.


From "Napan Lomeli goes from battlefield to courtroom"

Bonifacio Lomeli of Napa spent seven years in the Army working as a combat medic, helping fight for his country.

Today, he's working toward learning a different form of "combat" – the kind waged in courtrooms or at mediation table.

Thanks to the George and Gwendolyn Goodin Scholarship, a fund of Napa Valley Community Foundation, Lomeli is now a second-year law student at Pepperdine University School of Law.


Lomeli said he would eventually like to go into conflict resolution or mediation, specifically helping veterans navigate the legal system.

He sees a "parallel" between his work helping soldiers as a medic and his work helping people with legal issues, he said. "It's fulfilling."

Lomeli spent part of this summer helping at-risk veterans in a mediation clinic in Ventura County.

Some of the soldiers come back with serious issues and "just to have someone with these same experience give them a hand, it's huge," he said. "If I can help, or give guidance, that's what I'm going to do."

Read more on the Napa Valley Register website.