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Lauren Ruiz
Lauren Ruiz

July 2014  

The VLP is pleased to

announce that Lauren

Ruiz has been selected

as our Outstanding Law

Student Volunteer for

the month of July 2014. 

Lauren, who very recently

started volunteering with

the VLP, has quickly

proven her commitment

to the program by

participating in not one,

but two, VLP student

clinics. This summer

Lauren is volunteering

in the Bankruptcy

Reaffirmation and

Service Center clinics,

and has made herself

a regular.  Lauren’s

sunny personality and willingness to learn new areas of the law make her a

valued part of the VLP.


Lauren is from Glendale, AZ, but has been in Tucson for several years – first

as an undergraduate student and now as a law student.  As an undergrad at

the University of Arizona, Lauren was a double major, graduating magna cum

laude with a B.S. and B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship.  During this time,

she was a junior achievement volunteer, a Ben’s Bells volunteer, and played

intermural softball and tennis.  Lauren was also recognized with several

honors and awards, including: Eller’s 50 Hispanic Scholars of 2012, Regents

High Honor Tuition Scholar, and Wildcat Excellence Award Scholar.  Prior

to graduation, Lauren also spent a summer in Barcelona, Spain where she

worked at Barcelona Ecologia translating the company’s website and

brochures into English. 


When asked why she decided to stay at the U of A for law school, Lauren

said, “I couldn’t see continuing my education elsewhere.  Then when I toured

the campus, I was sold on the small community feel.”  Besides staying busy

with classes, Lauren also participates in Wills for Heroes, she is a University

of Arizona Student Delegate, and she is a member of the Hispanic Law



After her 1L year, Lauren also decided to sign up as a VLP Advocate. 

According to Lauren, she chose to become involved because the VLP

“provide[s] great hands on experience.”  She also volunteers “to make a

difference in the lives of those [who] really need it.”  Lauren said, “I have

always known I would want to use my legal experience to help those in need. 

I like how [the VLP] allows me to do that as a student.”  In her short time with

the VLP, Lauren has learned “how crucial it is [for a client] to get legal advice

early in a case.”  Particularly at the Service Center clinic, Lauren has witnessed

how “the steps involved in a case can be overwhelming for clients and stack

up quickly.”


As a hobby, Lauren enjoys cooking.  She said, “I love trying new recipes or

experimenting on my own.”  Her favorite Tucson restaurant is Riley’s because

of the restaurant’s “to die for” fried Brussels sprouts.  And, when she should be

studying, she prefers to watch Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelor, and The



Lauren’s dream job is to practice non-litigation Estates and Trusts so that

she can combine her legal education with her finance and business background.


Thank you, Lauren, for volunteering with the VLP!



Past Outstanding Volunteer Student Awards






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