Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award

Matt Mittlestadt

Matt Mittlestadt

March 2016

The VLP is pleased to announce that Matt Mittelstadt has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of March 2016.  Matt is a 1L at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and has participated in the VLP’s Bankruptcy Reaffirmation clinic for the past two semesters.  The VLP can’t thank him enough for volunteering his time!   

Matt has called several US states home, including Iowa, New Mexico, and New Jersey.  He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration on third world non-western history.  During his time at UNC, Matt spent a semester abroad in Nicaragua. 

His interest in immigration and international law prompted Matt to attend the University of Arizona for law school.  Besides the school’s strong programs in both areas of law, Matt also decided to attend the U of A because of its great community:

I love the strong, tight community of students and faculty.  Being a smaller student body, I see many of the same faces on a daily basis.  […] I have lived in Tucson since 2007 and love living here.  I would be happy if I ultimately ended up practicing here. 

Since becoming a law student, Matt has been involved with the U of A’s Immigration Clinic and the Volunteer Lawyers Program.  When asked why he chose to volunteer with the VLP, Matt shared, “I have always felt it is important to give back to the community with my time.  Going to law school is such a blessing and I feel obligated to share my time helping others.”  Matt also said the most important thing he’s learned from volunteering with the VLP is:

The importance of compassion toward the people I have assisted.  Especially
in Bankruptcy Court, the people do not often understand the process and are
scared.  Patience and understanding can go a long way.

In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, walking his dog, and riding ATVs in the desert.  His favorite vacation destination is Guatemala, where he’s visited twice this past year.  He loves Guatemala so much, his dream job is to “develop a private practice that [he] can do completely over the Internet while living in Guatemala.”

Thank you for volunteering, Matt!