The VLP is pleased to
announce that Cassidy
James has been selected
as our Outstanding Law
Student Volunteer for the
month of May 2013.
Cassidy, a University of
law student, has
volunteered over the course
of several semesters at the
VLP’s Domestic Relations
She is incredibly
dedicated and committed
to the VLP and our clients;
and the VLP could not thank
her enough for all her hard
Cassidy is a
with parental roots in North
attended the University of Arizona
As an avid political buff,
Cassidy majored in Political
Science; and, because she is fascinated with
human society and how we function,
she minored in Sociology.
who has wanted to a lawyer since
she was little, Cassidy was also a member
of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law
Cassidy has worked in the legal
community of Tucson
since she was a
And, according to Cassidy, she played “Court” instead
when she was a child.
Thus, attending law school was inevitable.
chose to attend the University of
Arizona College of Law for several reasons.
Besides her family and fiancé being
in Tucson, Cassidy also “felt
like [she] was part of a big family
when [she] visited U of A law for the first
Cassidy told us that she was so excited about
attending U of A that
she “even cried on the phone with
one of the admissions directors when [she]
found out [she] was accepted.”
Cassidy is now entering her third
year of law school and finds it hard to choose
a favorite professor because “so
many [of them] have affected [her] law school
experience in such positive ways.”
But, if she had
to choose only one,
Professor Andy Silverman comes out
on top. Cassidy
took his Immigration
Law class as well as participated
in his Civil Rights Restoration Clinic.
According to Cassidy, Professor
Silverman is “knowledgeable, positive, and
so incredibly dedicated to justice
that it is hard not to become infected with
When asked why she chose to become
involved with the VLP, Cassidy said,
was born and raised in Tucson.
I come from a middle class family
neighborhood, and many of the most important people in my
struggled throughout the years.
I always wanted to help the
community that I love so much, and those within it, but
what I had to contribute except my dedication.
Then I went to
school and found the Volunteer Lawyers Program.
In the VLP, I
found a way to couple the dedication I have for serving my
community with the passion I have for the law; and, I
couldn’t be more
proud to be a part of this great program.
While not studying or volunteering
with the VLP, Cassidy loves to spend free
time with her fiancé, family, and
friends – gatherings brought together, in part,
by her mom’s famous hot wings.
Her favorite travel locations include her mom’s
hometown of Devil’s Lake, ND and
her dad’s hometown of Apalachicola, FL.
In Devil’s Lake, Cassidy enjoys
taking in the breathtaking countryside; while,
in Apalachicola, she goes deep sea
When asked about her dream job,
Cassidy told us that she isn’t sure what
she’d like to do yet.
She enjoys criminal law and family law, and is
in being a trial attorney.
Whatever she does, though, Cassidy’s objective “is
to be happy in whatever job [she]
eventually [has], and to continue serving
[her] hometown community to the
best of [her] abilities.”
Past Outstanding Volunteer