Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Ron Zack has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for June. Ron joined the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) of Southern Arizona Legal Aid in September of 2008. He volunteers to assist clients with wills and guardianship matters. In addition, Ron was the first volunteer to sign up to participate in the VLP’s Wills Clinic. Through the clinic, which was launched earlier this year, Ron meets with individual clients and prepares their wills and other estate planning documents. Thanks to Ron, the clinic has been a big success, allowing the VLP to assist more clients in need.
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 Ron ZacK
Where are you from?
I am from Detroit, Michigan
Where did you go to college?
My Bachelor’s degree is from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. I have a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University.
Where did you go to law school?
Western State University in Fullerton, CA
How long have you lived in Tucson?
What is the history of your practice of law?
I went to law school after working as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. As an attorney, I worked for a medical malpractice defense firm in California, before returning to Tucson where I worked for the Cochise County Attorney and then the Arizona Attorney General’s office. I’ve been in private practice since 2008.
What are your current practice areas?
My practice is focused on estate planning and elder law.
What drives you to volunteer with VLP?
I strongly believe that everyone is entitled to high quality legal service, regardless of their ability to pay.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service?
I would like to acknowledge PCBA and all of its members and staff.
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP?
The rewards of volunteer work are incredible. You will meet wonderful people, learn a great deal, and enrich your life.
Favorite Tucson restaurant?
It was the Old Pueblo Grille.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services?
I go off the lawyer path and try to discover something new. I recently attended an intensive 3-day class at the McBride School of Magic and Mystery in Las Vegas. Also, my daughter and I recently spent a weekend at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland for a cadaver dissection workshop.
If this award was accompanied by prize money, how would you spend it?
I would donate it to SALA.
Best thing about being an attorney in Tucson?
The unfolding drama.
Worst thing about being an attorney in Tucson?
The unfolding drama.
If you ever retire from private practice, it will be to start a new career as a ?
Things that you wish were closer to your office?
The Pima County Fairgrounds.
Any hidden talents?
None that I can find.
What is something you would like people to know about you?
I do not tolerate mediocrity.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I am a high school dropout.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
Very much a cat person
“Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed
Person you most admire?
Food you can't live without?
Roasted fava beans.
Any bad habits?
Best vacation destination?