Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award


Elissa Harshman

Elissa Harshman

February 2015 

The VLP is pleased to announce that Elissa Harshman has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of February 2015.  Elissa, a 1L at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, currently participates in the VLP’s Domestic Relations Project.  As a returning volunteer, the VLP cannot thank Elissa enough for the time she donates to our clients!

Elissa is a Tucson native, but left the desert to start her undergraduate studies at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.  While there, she was on the school’s softball team.  She eventually transferred home to the University of Arizona, where she graduated cum laude  with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 

She also decided to stay close to home for law school, choosing the James E. Rogers College of Law because she “was drawn to the superior reputation that U of A has throughout the local legal community and throughout the country.”  As a law student, Elissa is involved in several groups including Law Women’s Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Business Law Society, and the Wills for Heroes Foundation.

Elissa also became involved with the VLP during her first semester of law school.  She’s participated in two VLP family law projects – Service Center and Domestic Relations.  When asked why she wanted to volunteer with the VLP, Elissa said, “I was really interested in getting first-hand experience from seasoned attorneys [and] I wanted to make an impact on those in need within our community.”

When she needs a break from law school studies, Elisa says she indulges in her reality TV addiction.  She also loves sports, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her three dogs.  Her favorite Tucson restaurant is Guadalajara Grill; but, as a Tucson native, Elissa can’t help but love Eegee’s as well.  And, her favorite vacation destination is the Bahamas, where she and her husband traveled for their honeymoon.

Elissa is still exploring various areas of the law to figure out her dream job.  In the meantime, she knows that she “would love a job that allows [her] to continue to learn and grow as a person, while allowing [her] to represent those who are unable to represent themselves.”

Thank you, Elissa, for being such a great volunteer!