Alissa grew up in the small Portland suburb of Beaverton, Oregon. She became interested in law and government during junior high school, when students in her district’s gifted program were sent to work with city planners in a community revitalization project of Portland’s Old Town District. She went on to complete high school summa cum laude a semester early, then began studies at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, as a sociology major. After the first year of college, however, she didn’t have enough money to continue, so she entered the U.S. Army. “I remember them throwing the MOS book to me and saying, ‘pick anything, your ASVAB qualified you for every job we have’.” Wanting to pick something ‘interesting’ she served for six years as a Pharmacy Specialist in the Army Reserve. When her initial service term was completed, she was out for less than two years before she missed it so much that she re-enlisted as a Military Police officer in a field unit, where she had the opportunity to serve as part of the security support for the 3/7 Special Forces Group, which she describes as “an amazing experience. It really reinforces your patriotism to see our Elite forces doing their thing.” After moving to the Phoenix area, she completed her undergraduate degree at ASU, graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Administration of Justice.
While living in Surprise, Arizona, Alissa became involved in the community by serving as a volunteer youth soccer and volleyball coach for the Surprise recreation department. The following year she began training for Olympic-distance triathlons with Team in Training, a charity fundraising project of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Unfortunately, she injured both shoulders during an open-water swim in the Tempe International Triathlon, and although she completed the event, was unable to continue on with the program. She admits that triathlon does still call her name, and she is hopeful that with extensive physical therapy, she can resume the sport in the future.
While sidelined, Alissa turned her attention back to school, re-entering ASU and obtaining a Master’s degree in Education while at the same time completing courses in Speech-Language Pathology. Then in 2014, a chance meeting at Jury Duty changed the course of her career. She had reported for Jury Duty in Maricopa County, and met a woman currently graduating from ASU law school. “She was about my age, with a similar life course, and was just graduating law school. I had been telling myself I was too old, that law school is something you do right after college, in your 20’s.” In a chance turn of events, Alissa was selected for the jury in the four-month capital case, however, the shuttle bus driver reported that two of the newly-empaneled jurors had been overheard “Googling” the defendant during lunch, and the entire jury was dismissed as a result. Alissa took this as a “sign” and immediately began studying for the LSAT, which she took in June of that year. By July she had the results, and applied to all the law schools in Arizona. She selected Arizona Summit for three reasons: their mission statement of “Serving the Underserved,” their expansive clinical program offerings, and “the insane scholarship they offered me. No other school was even close.”
Alissa met Samantha DuMond while both were serving pro bono in the Veteran’s legal clinic at Arizona Summit Law School. They realized they both had a passion for pro bono service, a particular passion for assisting Veterans, and found that they worked very well together. They also discovered another shared experience: While writing for Law Review as students, both had held the position of Managing Editor of Student Scholarship. Before Alissa had even graduated, Samantha had offered her a position in the firm upon passing the Bar exam. After graduating from law school a semester early, Alissa sat for the Bar two months later, achieving a well-qualifying score, far exceeding that needed for admission to any state accepting the UBE examination.
Since joining the firm, Alissa has worked Criminal, Civil, and some Probate cases, and her favorite thing about working for DuMond Law is, “The teamwork. It’s absolutely amazing what this team gets done because everyone is always willing to work together to make it happen!”« Back to Attorneys Page