Metro Volunteer Lawyers Names First Rovira Scholar
by Dianne A. Van Voorhees
—Rovira Scholar Sarah C. Zoellner
etro Volunteer Lawyers is pleased to announce it has selected its first Rovira Scholar, Sarah C. Zoellner. Zoellner is a 2011 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law. Born in Colorado, she is a fifth generation native who is "committed to improving the future of our community." In her application for the Rovira Scholar Fellowship, Zoellner expressed her interest and commitment to pro bono public service: "I identify with the mission of Metro Volunteer Lawyers and I am driven to pursue a career path that enables me to provide a service to people in need."
During her six-month fellowship as the Rovira Scholar, Zoellner will work at MVL to carry out a broad variety of tasks, including providing legal advice and representation to MVL clients who might not otherwise be assisted through MVL’s current programs. Zoellner also will work on developing MVL’s mentoring program.
"I am excited to work on MVL’s mentoring collaborations," she said. "As a new attorney, I see the potential to recruit other young attorneys and encourage them to give back to their community through MVL by highlighting the value they will receive from networking, receiving top-notch training from experienced professionals, and expanding their practical knowledge on areas of the law they might not typically practice."
She added: "I am intrigued by the opportunity to create stronger connections between seasoned practitioners and new attorneys to promote pro bono work and a positive perception of the legal profession."
he Rovira Scholar Fellowship was made possible by a generous gift from Lois Ann Rovira, wife of former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Luis Rovira. The goal of the fellowship is to enhance the overall understanding of the complex and unique legal challenges presented in pro bono public service through the early training and professional development of outstanding law school graduates.
Zoellner also will assist MVL with other special projects as needed while working with key members of the Colorado, Denver, and other metro area bar associations. Her goal is to get a better understanding of existing resources that promote access to justice, and she hopes to learn about the connections among existing resources to develop stronger collaborative efforts, as well as more effective means to inform resource seekers and resource providers about what assistance is available.
MVL is thrilled to have Zoellner join our team and know that she will be an asset to our programs, as well as the greater public legal interest community.
This position, designed for a recent law graduate, will permit MVL to increase critical legal services to those in need. The fellowship period will carry a stipend of $800 per month, generously provided by Lois Ann Rovira and additional private donors. Anyone can contribute to the Rovira Scholar fund, at givingfirst.org/rovira or by sending a check payable to The Denver Bar Foundation to: 1900 Grant St, Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203. Inquiries about the fellowship or MVL can be sent to Dianne A. Van Voorhees at email@example.com. D
Dianne A. Van Voorhees is the executive director for Metro Volunteer Lawyers.