The Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Board is comprised of incredibly dedicated, compassionate attorneys and judges who help the VLP with such activities as new volunteer recruitment, CLEs and trainings, programmatic decisions, and moral support.
Hon. Gus Aragón, Jr.
A native Tucsonan, Gus Aragón is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law. He was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1977 and joined the firm Haralson Miller Pitt Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. in 1988. Aragón attended Stanford University and graduated from the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Law. He practiced as an Internal Revenue Service attorney and as a Deputy Pima County Attorney before going into private practice in the area of personal injury litigation. Aragón previously served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Aragón is now a Judge with the Pima County Superior Court.
Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999 and her law degree from the University of Arizona in 2003. Since graduation, Elizabeth has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, in both the DOJ Honors Program and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is currently assigned to the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. During law school, Elizabeth began participating in the VLP’s clinics and became inspired by its mission and dedicated staff. After graduation, she even had the privilege of working on the VLP staff to coordinate those same clinics.
Randi Burnett joined the law firm of Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana, P.C., in 2012, where she is a member of the firm's Family Law Group. Randi has been a family law practitioner since graduating from law school and handles divorce, custody, child support, and paternity matters. Prior to joining the firm, she spent five years as the staff attorney and law student coordinator for Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) where she handled family law and minor guardianship cases, trained new attorney volunteers in the area of domestic relations, and developed new pro bono programs to assist low income individuals with their civil legal issues.
Randi is a 2007 graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law where she was a recipient of the President’s Scholarship. Prior to law school, she graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a B.S.B.A. in Management. She is a member of the Pima County Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Additionally, Ms. Burnett volunteers regularly with the VLP.
Randi joined the VLP Advisory Board in Janaury of 2014. The staff and board welcomed her experience both as a current volunteer and former staff member. The institutional knowledge that Randi brings serves the program well.
Stacy Butler received her bachelor's degree from Trinity University in 1999 and her Juris Doctorate from the University Arizona College of Law in 2002. Following graduation from law school, Stacy Butler served as a law clerk to the Hon. William C. Canby at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Stacy Butler was formerly an associate at the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, where her practice focused on civil and probate litigation. Currently, Stacy Butler serves as a law clerk to the Hon. Jennifer C. Zipps at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Stacy Butler's involvement with VLP began with a summer internship during college and has since included participating in student clinics, taking cases for direct representation and writing articles about VLP for various news publications. The VLP was pleased to welcome Stacy to the Advisory Board in 2006. She brings a wealth of experience and a tremendous skill set to the board.
Hon. Hector Campoy
An Arizona native, Judge Campoy was raised in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona before heading to the University of Michigan to earn his law degree. Judge Campoy has been a member in good standing with the Arizona State Bar since 1980 and in private practice worked civil and domestic law. He served at the Pima County Juvenile Court as a Court Referee, Judge Pro Tempore and Court Commissioner. In 1998, Judge Campoy served for two years at Superior Court on the Domestic, Criminal and Civil Bench. Judge Campoy has taught Trial Practice and Juvenile Law classes at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. In 2000, Judge Campoy was appointed to Division 17 of the Superior Court and was named Presiding Judge of the Pima County Juvenile Court in May 2002. Judge Campoy retired from the bench in 2011. Shortly thereafter, Judge Campoy agreed to become a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) Advisory Board where he has served with distinction.
Dean Christoffel is a Pima County Superior Court Commissioner/Judge Pro Tem. He is also the Past-Chair of the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Dean volunteered with Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) for twenty-two years before ascending to the bench in 2011. He now acts as the program's liaison to the Pima County Superior Court and has served as a member of the VLP Advisory Board since 2011.
Fred Dardis, Commissioner/Judge Pro Tempore
Frederic J. Dardis, a native Tucsonan, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1966. After spending two years in Belize as part of the Peace Corps mission. He returned to Tucson and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1971. Dardis commenced his law career with Arizona Legal Aid Society, eventually branching out to direct the Neighborhood Law Office, a Model Cities Project at the University of Arizona Law School. Dardis then served as the appellate supervisor in the Pima County Legal Defender's office and a city magistrate for the city of Tucson. Dardis took up the reins of the Pima County Public Defender’s office, where he remained until 1986 when he and fellow attorney, Thomas Hippert opened an office on Cushing Street, specializing in domestic law. In December 1998, Dardis was appointed commissioner in the Superior Court, where he headed the Child Support Collection Program. In 2000, Dardis was named the National Child Support Commissioner by NCSEA. This was followed up in 2001 when Dardis was honored with the Arizona Judicial Officer of the Year award presented by ACSEA – first ever Commissioner so honored. Commissioner Dardis retired from the bench in 2013. He currently volunteers with the VLP assisting clients in the domestic relations clinics.
Todd Jackson is a shareholder with Jackson & Oden, PC, where he concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, multi-party disputes, and banking, trust, and construction law. He is a frequent speaker and author of seminar papers on litigation-related topics, has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Superior Court, and is active in the State Bar and the Volunteer Lawyers Program, among other community activities. He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 1988, where he was an Articles Editor for the Arizona Law Review and member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Jackson served as a law clerk for a Federal District Court Judge in Chicago, and then practiced for several years at a Chicago law firm before returning to Arizona with his family. He is currently licensed in Arizona, Illinois, and Nevada. In 2006 the VLP was fortunate to have Todd join the VLP Advisory Board. As a board member Todd has helped to recruit new volunteer attorneys, raise funds, and recognize volunteers. His generous spirit and thoughtful leadership make him an invaluable asset to the program and the board.
Hon. Karen Nygaard
A retired Pima County Superior Court Commissioner, Karen Nygaard is an experienced trial lawyer and a former shareholder in the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy. Her practice area was civil litigation, representing individuals, corporations, and governmental agencies in the areas of employment, civil rights, personnel issues, contract disputes, and appeals. Before joining DeConcini, Nygaard served as a trial deputy with the Pima County Attorney’s Office and was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable James D. Hathaway, Arizona Court of Appeals. Nygaard attended the University of Arizona for a B.S. in Mathematics, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance, and a J.D. with Distinction. Karen joined the VLP Advisory Board in 1998.