Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Ben Bogan has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for July. Ben began volunteering with the VLP in the fall of 2013. He is a frequent participant in the divorce and paternity clinics where he assists self-represented litigants in preparing the necessary paperwork to file their case. Although Ben has been with the program for a relatively short period time, he has already assisted 76 clients through the VLP family law clinics. Ben is generous with his time and has been a good friend to the VLP.
The VLP’s monthly award is a distinct honor: of the 1,100 attorneys who volunteer their time with VLP, only 12 receive the VLP’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award each year.
Q & A with Ben Bogan
Where are you from? I was an Army brat. Originally from upstate New York. Moved about every two years. Spent most of my younger life in Asia (Korea and Japan). Lived in Frankfurt, W. Germany during last two years of high school.
Where did you go to college? University of Florida
Where did you go to law school? Albany Law School
How long have you lived in Tucson? Since 2001
What drives you to volunteer with VLP? The people: both the VLP staff and the clients.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? Stanlee West-Watt, Esq. and all of the staff at VLP in Tucson (Michele, Melissa, Olivia, Claudia, Socorro, and Gary).
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP? We are extremely fortunate to have education, training, and experience that can greatly benefit those that are less fortunate than ourselves. It is an extremely rewarding experience as the clients are very appreciative of our time and help.
Other VLP volunteers you'd like to give a shout-out to? Shout out to good friend and fellow volunteer Geoff Ulreich. He is an exceptional attorney and an extremely dedicated VLP volunteer. I’d also like to thank my fellow volunteers Ronda Lustman, Randi Burnett, Lisa Lewis, Skip Skinner, Lisa Bibbins, and Carl Tootle for training me to become a volunteer with VLP.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services? Spend time with my family: My wife, Jennifer, and my two daughters, Emma (15) and Gabrielle (12).
If this award was accompanied by prize money, how would you spend it? Donate it to Southern Arizona Legal Aid through the Working Poor Tax Credit. I encourage everyone to donate to SALA annually through this program. My understanding is that you are entitled to an annual tax credit of up to $200 for an individual and $400 for a married couple filing a joint return when you donate to a qualifying organization like SALA under Arizona tax laws (A.R.S. Section 43-1088).
Any hidden talents? Not a one.