Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
The VLP’s monthly award is a distinct honor: of the nearly 1100 attorneys who volunteer their time with the SALA VLP, only 12 receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award each year.
Anna Ceder was selected to receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Award for May 2016. Anna joined the VLP as a law student during her first semester of law school in 2004. As a student she participated in the VLP’s Child Support Project, and in October of 2005, Anna was recognized as the Outstanding Law Student of the Month. After being admitted to the bar, Anna immediately joined the VLP as an attorney where she is a frequent participant in the VLP Minor Guardianship Clinics. Anna often supervises law students as they meet with self-represented clients at their guardianship hearings in Probate Court. In addition, the VLP has come to rely on Anna to help us train current law students. The VLP is grateful for Anna’s commitment to the VLP and for her continued friendship.
Q & A WITH Anna ceder
Where are you from? Milton, Washington.
Where did you go to college? University of Arizona.
Where did you go to law school? University of Arizona.
How long have you lived in Tucson? 1997-2003, 2004-present.
What is the history of your practice of law? Clerked for the best judge in Pima County; worked for James R. Farley/Farmers Insurance for a year; in my present position with Lisa A. Duran & Associates/State Farm Insurance since 2009.
What are your current practice areas? Insurance defense.
What drives you to volunteer with VLP? Helping others.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? Judge Deborah Bernini.
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP? There are not enough volunteer attorneys to meet the needs of VLP/SALA clients.
Life-lesson learned from your experiences with VLP? Be thankful for what I have.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services? Chase my children.
If this award was accompanied by prize money, how would you spend it? Travel.
Are you a dog or a cat person? Dog.
Favorite song? Eye of the Tiger.
Person you most admire? My mother.
Food you can't live without? Kettle corn.
Best vacation destination? Bora Bora.