Law Student Coordinators

In order to become a VLP Advocate or for more information about the program, please contact the VLP Advocate Student Coordinators today!

James E. Rogers College of Law   //

Mia Hammersly is a law student at the University of Arizona and volunteered with VLP her first semester of law school through the Service Center project.  Mia grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona but completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Franklin University Switzerland.  She returned to Arizona and completed her M.S. in Water, Society, and Policy from the U of A before applying to law school.  She would like to practice environmental or public interest law, and when not in school enjoys trail running or mountain biking with her dog, rock climbing, baking, and playing the piano.


Lindsey is a law student at the University of Arizona, and first became involved with VLP in her first semester of law school by volunteering with the Minor Guardianship project.  Lindsey graduated with a B.S. in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Though she hails from the Midwest, she intends to practice law in Arizona after graduating.  Outside of class, Lindsey enjoys yoga, running, and hiking with her miniature poodle Duncan.

James E. Rogers College of Law   //

Russ Johnson is a law student at the University of Arizona.  He joined VLP his 1L year, first participating in the Service Center project, and then joining the Domestic Relations project.  Russ is from Denver, Colorado and obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.  Russ enjoys skiing, hanging out with friends, and watching sports.  After law school, he hopes to practice as general counsel for a major business.

Melissa Spiller-Shiner
Student Coordinator & Attorney at Law

Melissa joined the VLP in June 2012.  She is originally from western New York, and moved to Tucson to attend law school at the U of A.  As the VLP’s Student Coordinator and Staff Attorney, Melissa manages the student-based clinics.  Her position gives her the opportunity to get to know the over 150 students who volunteer with the VLP each year.  Melissa joined the VLP with past experience working in both student and volunteer based programs.