is pleased to announce
Jessica Berger has been
as our Outstanding
Student Volunteer for the
is a 3L
who currently participates
VLP’s Domestic Relations
understanding of family law
willingness to jump
provide extra assistance
clients and staff makes her
member of the VLP.
Jessica is originally from Seoul,
Korea, where she was adopted at three months
She and her family lived
in Ft. Myers, FL until she was seven, after which,
they moved to Glendale, AZ.
Jessica resided in
Glendale until she moved to
Tucson in order to attend the
University of Arizona for undergrad.
As a Wildcat,
summa cum laude
with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
and a minor in Sociology.
Jessica also kept busy by
being a Tucson Youth
Mentor, a U of A Resident
Assistant, and a member of the Associated
Students of the University of
was also the University Activities
Board President and Events
coordinator at U of A’s Center for Student
Involvement and Leadership.
In this role, Jessica
planned and executed
large-scale events for students
and staff, including the
Think Pink Fashion
– a collaboration among campus organizations and Tucson
During her senior year, Jessica
participated in the LEAD program.
this program, she was able to sit
in on a legal writing course with a current
law student, enabling Jessica to
get a small taste of law school.
And it was
this interaction that helped
Jessica decide to stay at U of A’s James E.
Rogers College of Law when
considering law schools.
What appealed to
her most were the school’s small
class sizes, friendly and relaxed
atmosphere, and close proximity
to her family in Glendale.
As a law
student, Jessica is active in many groups.
She’s a participant in
Court, the Vice President of the Family and Juvenile Law
of the Academic Affairs Faculty Committee, a member of the
Association, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, and a volunteer at
Legal Aid Clinic.
starting law school, Jessica has also gained ample
family law arena.
Jessica was a law clerk
for the Pima County Office of
Children’s Counsel, a law clerk for the Arizona Attorney
General’s Office - Child
Enforcement Division, a legal assistant at Stolar & Pollins
– a Tucson
law firm, and a legal assistant at MyersStrickland – a
surrogacy law firm.
To supplement her family
law work, Jessica also
to volunteer at the VLP’s Domestic Relation’s project.
When asked why she chose to
volunteer with the VLP, Jessica said, “I decided
to volunteer with VLP because I
liked the idea of being able to help those in
need of legal services.
So many individuals are in
need of support through
the complex legal system, [but]
are unable to afford an attorney.”
was drawn to the VLP because, she
said, “a lack of financial resources
should not prohibit somebody from
being able to understand the legal system.”
law school takes up most of her time, Jessica enjoys
make time to watch
and Once Upon a Time
is a self-proclaimed “big country music fan.”
She recently visited
Nashville, TN, where she was able to go backstage at the
Grand Ole Opry
the broadcasted concert.
Jessica also played the
flute for 10
a child, and hopes to continue playing it – as well as learn
violin – after graduation.
asked about her dream job, Jessica told us that, because of
and professional experiences with adoption, her dream job
work as an adoption and surrogacy attorney.
Jessica “loves the idea
‘forever families’ together.”
Thank you, Jessica, for volunteering
with the VLP!
Past Outstanding Volunteer