Past Student Luncheons

2014 Spring Student Luncheon

The VLP hosted is 2014 annual Spring Student Luncheon on April 1, 2014 at the James E. Rogers College of Law.  The luncheon celebrated the VLP Advocates 15 year anniversary, and recognized the ongoing partnership between the VLP and the University of Arizona College of Law.  The celebration spotlighted the 1,100 students who have aided more than 13,000 pro se litigants with civil issues over the last decade and a half.

The event was headlined by by Dean Gene Nichol, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina, and honored students who pledged their time during the 2013-2014 academic year to volunteer at the VLP’s Bankruptcy Reaffirmation Project, Domestic Relations Project, Minor Guardianship Court Project, and Self-Service Center Project. 

Dean Nichol’s speech recognized the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright, perhaps the most important case for access to justice for indigent people, and reminded the crowd that the increasing levels of income disparity requires more pro bono and volunteer work by law students and attorneys alike.

The VLP Student Advocate Program began as a modest but innovative attempt to answer the challenge of ensuring access to justice.  Reaching its fifteenth year, the program has matured into a pillar of the legal services community in Pima County. With the continuing commitment of its partners, including the James E. Rogers College of Law, the Pima County Superior Court, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and members of the local bar, the VLP Student Advocates Program will continue to ensure that such challenges are not left unanswered.

2013 Spring Student Luncheon

On April 12, 2013, the VLP hosted its annual Spring Student Luncheon.  The Luncheon, held every April, celebrates and recognizes the good work that students do to help clients in need throughout the year. The 2013 event was held at the James E. Rogers College of Law.  More than 70 students, volunteer attorneys, and judges turned out for the event.

2013’s luncheon was emceed by the Honorable Dean Christoffel who kept the mood light with humor, and gave heart-felt thanks to the students.  The event also recognized the Honorable Frederic Dardis, retired Commissioner for the Pima County Superior Court, for his many years of support of the VLP’s Student Advocates Program.

Students who attended the Luncheon had the opportunity to mingle with members of the local judiciary as well as several of the VLP’s most frequent volunteer attorneys.  Words of appreciation were also shared by Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kyle Bryson, and the law school’s Dean Marc L. Miller

2012 Spring Student Luncheon

VLP's 2012 Spring Student Luncheon took place on Friday, April 6 at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona.  Invited guests included over 70 law students, 23 judges and court staff members, the VLP Advisory Board, 21 private attorneys, and several members from the law school's faculty and staff.  This luncheon is an opportunity for the VLP to recognize and thank our law student volunteers, who donate their time, hard work, and dedication to the VLP program.

We were honored to have several distinguished members of the legal community present, including Arizona Supreme Court Justice John Pelander, the Hon. Frederic Dardis (Arizona Superior Court, Pima County), the Hon. James Marlar (US Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona), and the Hon. Sally Simmons (Arizona Superior Court, Pima County - Presiding Judge).

Thank you to all who participated and made this event such a success!