Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award


Javier Gherna

Javier gherna

May 2016

The VLP is pleased to announce that Javier Gherna has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of May 2016.  Javier – who completed his J.D. at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law this May – participated in VLP projects for several semesters.  The VLP is grateful that Javier was able to volunteer as a law student – first in the Domestic Relations Project, then in the Wills Project.

Javier is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona for his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Javier was recognized several times, receiving the University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence Award and the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Scholar Award. He also interned with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, and – immediately after graduating – the United States Department of Treasury. 

Javier then enrolled in the U of A’s M.P.A. / J.D. dual degree program.  When asked why he chose to stay at the U of A, Javier shared that the U of A allowed him to “learn the law while specializing in public policy.” 

In his M.P.A. program, Javier was in the Pi Alpha Public Administration Honor Society.  He also had several prestigious internships – first with the Consumer Project Safety Commission, then with the Arizona Department of State.  As a law student, Javier was involved in the Latino Law Student Association and the VLP.  When asked why he chose to join the VLP, Javier said, “I became involved with the VLP Advocates because I wanted to give back to the local Tucson community.  Volunteering at the VLP gave me the opportunity to interact with clients and help them with their legal needs.”  Volunteering taught Javier that “all communities should have access to quality legal services regardless of where they come from or socio economic status.” 

During his years as a law student, Javier shared that his favorite professors were Professor Paul Bennett and Dean Willie Jordan-Curtis.  Javier said, “both Clinical Professors have been instrumental in my growth as a student by providing guidance and knowledge that will help me become a better advocate in the future.”

In his free time, Javier enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and watching marvel comic movies.  His favorite Tucson restaurant is Tavolino Ristorante Italiano.  And, his favorite vacation destination is New York City to visit the historical sights and to catch a New York Yankees game. 

Javier’s dream job is to “enter the political realm and serve the people of Tucson as […] a delegate.”

Congratulations, Javier, on completing your J.D. and thank you for volunteering!