Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award

Anthony Caldwell

January 2015

The VLP is pleased to announce that Anthony (Tony) Caldwell has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of January 2015.  Tony is a third year law student at the University of Arizona.  He currently volunteers in the VLP’s Consumer Advice-Only (A-O) Project, and previously volunteered at the Self-Service Center Project.  Tony is dedicated to helping VLP’s clients, and is always enthusiastic to learn a new area of the law.  The VLP is extremely proud to count Tony as one of our volunteers.    

Tony is from Washington, IA and attended undergrad at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN.  He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, but admits that he probably spent more time in the pool than in the classroom.  As a college swimmer, Tony was an NCAA Swimming All-American Honorable Mention and spent much of his time as a lifeguard and swimming lessons instructor.  He was also president of Phi Kappa Psi and a student council senator. 

After graduation, armed with a background in biochemistry, Tony entered the healthcare field.  He first worked as a Sales Representative at Eli Lilly & Company in the Diabetes Health Division.  Tony then moved to Nestlé Health Science as the Southwest Account Executive of the OPTIFAST ® Medical Weight Loss Division.  While at Nestlé Health Science, Tony enrolled at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law as a part-time law student. 

At the University of Denver, Tony received the Daniel Lee Webb Endowed Scholarship and the Scholarship Excellence Award in Constitutional Law.  Tony was also a Student Bar Association Senator and a member of the school’s Health Law Society.

After two years, Tony decided to transfer to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, specifically for the school’s Health Law Certificate and for “the ability to get involved with programs and events on the UA Medical Campus.”  Thus far, he’s been honored with the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship, the International Trademark Association Scholarship, the Mary Ann Snubbs Fellowship, and has received CALI Awards in International Intellectual Property and Health Law.  Tony is also involved with several groups including:  UA Hospital Bioethics Committee, Students of Arizona Health Law, Arizona Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.  In between all of these commitments, Tony also finds time to volunteer with the VLP.

When asked why he chose to volunteer with the VLP, Tony said:

I heard from my peers that the VLP program was a good way to serve the local Tucson community in a meaningful way.  I like the fact that the VLP program offered several different types of legal clinics based on a student’s skills and interests, and I also appreciated the flexibility to choose dates that allowed me to be involved with the program several times per month.

Regarding the most important thing he’s learned from volunteering with the VLP, Tony said that the VLP program was his “first legal experience working directly with individual clients outside of a corporate setting.”  He has enjoyed learning from the volunteer attorney mentors how to “listen to a client’s unique story and quickly determine the most appropriate path forward for that client.”

In his free time, Tony loves to explore the American Southwest with his wife.  Tony said:

My wife and I really enjoy exploring Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  We have taken numerous trips to visit places like Moab, Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Santa Fe, Bryce Canyon, and Steamboat Springs.  We love to hike and explore craft breweries, and we plan to continue to explore old mountain towns, mining villages, and national parks throughout the Southwest.

Tony loves watching college football on Saturday evenings, cooking, and getting involved with the start-up community.  He also cited his favorite Tucson restaurant as La Botana Grill, which “looks like a dive on the outside” but has delicious food. 

When asked about his dream job, Tony said that he would love to “advise start-up companies that are working to solve complex healthcare problems.”

Thank you, Tony, for volunteering with the VLP!