Outstanding Law Student of the Month Award
The VLP is pleased to announce that Briar Martin has been selected as our Outstanding Law Student Volunteer for the month of September 2015. Briar is a 3L at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and currently participates in the VLP’s Minor Guardianship Project. She’s enthusiastic about helping others, and the VLP can’t thank her enough for all her hard work as a volunteer.
Briar is from Tucson, but left the Old Pueblo to attend Mills College in Oakland, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She then returned to Tucson and enrolled in the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (now Cortiva Institute) to become a massage therapist. She also obtained her yoga certification through Yoga Alliance. Briar taught yoga and helped run a yoga studio for many years. She also served as the president of the Arizona Yoga Association for three years.
Briar then decided to return to school for her JD. Starting out at the Arizona Summit Law School, Briar transferred to the U of A for her 2L year. When asked why she chose the U of A, Briar stated that her father, uncle, and step-mother all attended the James E. Rogers College of Law. Briar said, “I feel a deep connection to the school, which is why I worked so hard to get here.”
Very soon after transferring, Briar decided to join the VLP. She chose to become involved with the VLP because of the importance of giving back to one’s community. Briar said:
I was a yoga instructor and massage therapist for many years. In the yoga community,
the idea of giving back is called seva. Volunteering is a natural part of the yoga and
massage professions, and I wanted to bring the idea of seva into my new legal career.
The Volunteer Lawyers Program allows me to do just that.
Since joining the VLP, Briar has participated in the Bankruptcy Reaffirmation and Minor Guardianship Court Projects. When expressing the most important thing she’s learned from volunteering with the VLP, Briar shared:
I learned that the small time commitment can have a great impact on individuals’
lives. I have had several individuals thank me afterwards, indicating they were nervous
and did not understand what was happening in their [Bankruptcy Reaffirmation] hearings,
but they appreciated me taking the time to explain to them [the reaffirmation process]
and to give recommendations [about their case] as a friend of the court.
In her free time, Briar enjoys knitting, yoga, and watching mixed martial arts and boxing. As for her dream job, Briar is more focused on the present. She said, "Right now I am just trying to enjoy the time I have in school and the massive amount of information that I am receiving. I have faith that the next step of my career will be exactly what I need."
Thank you, Briar, for being a great volunteer!