Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County


Sarah Crotty

Sarah Crotty

May 2015

By Michele Mirto

Sarah Crotty has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for May. Sarah began to volunteer with VLP immediately after being admitted to the bar in the fall of 2006.  Over the course of the last several years Sarah has participated in the VLP's Minor Guardianship Clinic and the programs Minor Guardianship Court Project.  In these clinics Sarah helps prospective guardians complete paperwork and navigate the legal system so that they might become the guardian of a child in need. 

Recently, Sarah was among the first volunteers to assist self-represented litigants through the VLP's new Minor Guardianship Follow Up Clinic.  Sarah has also provided direct representation to many clients in need of assistance with guardianship, wills, estate and probate matters.  In total, Sarah has lead 33 clinics, assisted 117 clients and donated nearly 200 hours to assist VLP clients.

Q & A WITH Sarah Crotty 

Where are you from?  I am a 3rd generation Tucsonan.  I lived in Virginia for 5 years where I worked at The Law School of William and Mary. After that I moved to Massachusetts for 3 years and then I ended up back here.

Where did you go to college?  I went to Mt Holyoke and got my BA in English. I loved every minute of my time there.  I really have enjoyed every place I've lived.

What are your current practice areas?  I am an elder law attorney and practice in the probate court.

Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service?  I was a paralegal for John O'Dowd before I went to law school.  He has been one of the most important influences in my life and one of my greatest teachers.

Things you do when not working or volunteering?  I spend a lot of time with family.

Are you a dog or a cat person?  Both but now I only have dogs.

Best vacation destination?  Reading on the beach.