Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
Stacy Rupprecht Butler
By Michele Mirto
Stacy Rupprecht Butler has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for October. Stacy’s involvement with Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) began with an internship during college and continues today as Chair of the VLP Advisory Board. Over the course of the last year Stacy has worked tirelessly to develop the Federal Court Self-Help Clinic. The Clinic, which launched in September, is designed to assist civil self-represented litigants who are considering filing a complaint in federal court or who are currently involved in a federal civil case. Stacy produced training materials, recruited volunteers, coordinated with the Court, and organized meetings for the partners involved. As a result of Stacy’s skill, clear vision, and unwavering commitment to access to justice, the pilot phase of the clinic is underway - providing Tucson attorneys with an opportunity to participate in a project that is the first of its kind in an Arizona federal court.
The VLP’s monthly award is a distinct honor: of the nearly 1200 attorneys who volunteer their time with the SALA VLP, only 12 receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award each year.
Q & A WITH Stacy Rupprecht Butler
Where are you from? I am a Tucson native.
Where did you go to law school? I attended the James E. Rogers College of Law.
What are your current practice areas? I've been lucky to spend the past ten years clerking for the Hon. Jennifer G. Zipps at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
What drives you to volunteer with VLP? I've volunteered with VLP as a college student, law student, practicing attorney and now as an Advisory Board member. I believe that the VLP model is an amazingly efficient and effective way to provide legal services to indigent clients.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? The VLP staff and my fellow Advisory Board members are a constant source of inspiration to me; their passion and commitment to the program just blows me away. I'm also so appreciative of my years at DeConcini McDonald Yetwin and Lacy, a law firm that puts volunteerism into practice every day.
If this award were accompanied by prize money, how would you spend it? If this award was accompanied by prize money, I would give it back to VLP so that they could keep doing the good work that they do!