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
Service Center clinics,
and has made herself
sunny personality and willingness
to learn new areas of the law make her a
valued part of the VLP.
from Glendale, AZ, but has been in Tucson for several years
undergraduate student and now as a law student.
As an undergrad at
University of Arizona, Lauren was a double major, graduating
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
intermural softball and tennis.
Lauren was also recognized
and awards, including: Eller’s 50 Hispanic Scholars of 2012,
Honor Tuition Scholar, and Wildcat Excellence Award Scholar.
graduation, Lauren also spent a summer in Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Ecologia translating the company’s website and
asked why she decided to stay at the U of A for law school,
couldn’t see continuing my education elsewhere.
Then when I toured
campus, I was sold on the small community feel.”
Besides staying busy
classes, Lauren also participates in Wills for Heroes, she
is a University
Arizona Student Delegate, and she is a member of the
1L year, Lauren also decided to sign up as a VLP Advocate.
to Lauren, she chose to become involved because the VLP
“provide[s] great hands on experience.”
She also volunteers “to
difference in the lives of those [who] really need it.”
Lauren said, “I have
known I would want to use my legal experience to help those
how [the VLP] allows me to do that as a student.”
In her short time with
Lauren has learned “how crucial it is [for a client] to get
Particularly at the
Service Center clinic, Lauren has witnessed
steps involved in a case can be overwhelming for clients and
As a hobby, Lauren enjoys
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,
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