Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Spencer Smith has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for March. Mr. Smith joined the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) in the fall of 1986. During his time with the program, he has represented clients in contract and real property matters. Mr. Smith recently completed a case for a VLP client involving a foreclosure. As a result of his efforts the client was able to remain in his home for an additional eighteen months. During this time the client was able to relocate. Mr. Smith dedicated 130 hours to the case and his firm, DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy, as a whole, spent 146 hours on the matter.
Q & A WITH Spencer Smith
Where are you from? I am from Lincoln, Nebraska, but have lived in Tucson since 1960.
Where did you go to college? I attended the U of A College of Mines and law school.
What are your current practice areas? I practice in the areas of construction, natural resources and public procurement.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? I acknowledge and thank the Firm for supporting and encouraging all attorneys to volunteer with VLP.
A great anecdote from your VLP experiences? My favorite VLP case was defense of a forcible entry and detainer action seeking to evict my client from public housing because of alleged misbehavior of her cat, Pepe. After hearing testimony from the executive director of the Humane Society, Judge Carruth ruled that the housing authority had not proven the misdeeds were committed by Pepe as opposed to some other cat and allowed my client to remain in her apartment.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services? I enjoy restoring pressed steel trucks and pedal cars from the 1920’s and 30’s in my spare time.
If you ever retire from private practice, it will be to start a new career as a? If I were to retire it would be to become a contractor.
What do you do to unwind after work? I run to unwind.
Food you can’t live without? I cannot live without chocolate.
Any bad habits? Chocolate is one of my bad habits.