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Jessica Berger
Jessica Berger

August 2014  

 

The VLP is pleased to announce

that Jessica Berger has been

selected as our Outstanding

Law Student Volunteer for the

month of August 2014.  Jessica

is a 3L who currently participates

in the VLP’s Domestic Relations

project.   Her advanced

understanding of family law

plus her willingness to jump

in and provide extra assistance

to clients and staff makes her

a valued member of the VLP. 

 

Jessica is originally from Seoul, Korea, where she was adopted at three months

old.  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,

she graduated 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 Arizona.  She 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

Show – a collaboration among campus organizations and Tucson non-profits.

 

During her senior year, Jessica participated in the LEAD program.  Through

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

Teen Court, the Vice President of the Family and Juvenile Law Association,

a member of the Academic Affairs Faculty Committee, a member of the Law

Women’s Association, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, and a volunteer at the

Primavera Legal Aid Clinic.

 

Since starting law school, Jessica has also gained ample experience working

in the 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

Support Enforcement Division, a legal assistant at Stolar & Pollins – a Tucson

family law firm, and a legal assistant at MyersStrickland – a Tucson adoption

and surrogacy law firm.   To supplement her family law work, Jessica also

decided 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.”  Jessica

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.” 

 

Although law school takes up most of her time, Jessica enjoys traveling and

tries to make time to watch The Voice, Suits, and Once Upon a Time on TV. 

Jessica 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

and watch the broadcasted concert.  Jessica also played the flute for 10

years as a child, and hopes to continue playing it – as well as learn to play

the violin – after graduation. 

 

When asked about her dream job, Jessica told us that, because of her

personal and professional experiences with adoption, her dream job would

be to work as an adoption and surrogacy attorney.  Jessica “loves the idea

of bring ‘forever families’ together.”

 

Thank you, Jessica, for volunteering with the VLP!


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