Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award
The VLP is pleased to announce that Levon Kantzabedian has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of April 2015. Levon is a 1L at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He currently volunteers in the VLP’s Bankruptcy Reaffirmation Project, where he exudes confidence and poise in the courtroom. Radiating a take-charge attitude, Levon clearly enjoys appearing at the bankruptcy reaffirmation hearings, and the VLP is extremely proud to have him as one of our volunteers.
Levon was born in Hollywood, CA and was raised in Burbank, CA. After graduating from high school, he first obtained an Associate’s Degree in philosophy from Glendale Community College. Levon received several recognition awards including the Community Service Scholarship Award, the Man of Distinction Award, and the Humanitarian Award. He was also a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society.
After finishing at Glendale Community College, Levon enrolled at UCLA and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He minored in Scandinavian Studies, focusing “primarily on understanding Scandinavian culture and history through its literature and films.” Levon also worked at the UCLA Police Department as a Community Service Officer.
Following undergrad, Levon left SoCal for another warm location – Tucson. According to Levon, he decided to attend the University of Arizona for law school because of the warm welcome he received from the school’s dean – Dean Marc Miller. Levon said, “as an undergrad at a large school in a large city, seeing and interacting with the dean was generally from a distance.” But, at a small school like the James E. Rogers College of Law, it was a “welcomed change to know the dean of the law school is available and willing to directly respond to […] questions and concerns.”
When asked about why he chose to become involved with the VLP, Levon responded by saying, “what appealed to me immediately was that I’d have the opportunity to be in front of a judge while also helping out community members.” Levon also shared that the most important thing he’s learned since starting to volunteer is that “it takes a certain skill to effectively communicate with someone who looks to you for answers in the courtroom.”
When not studying, Levon makes sure to go to the gym – a hobby that he takes seriously. He also enjoys playing “real time strategy games like StarCraft and first person games like Call of Duty.”
Levon shared that after law school, his dream job is “something that will keep [him] sharp and on [his] feet.”
Thank you for volunteering, Levon!