Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s monthly award is a distinct honor: of the nearly 1000 attorneys who volunteer their time with SALA each year, only 12 receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney award each year.
Jeff Wohlford, of Brown and Wohlford, PLLC, was selected to receive Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Award for October 2016. Jeff joined SALA’s Volunteer Lawyers Program in September of 2015. Jeff participates in the VLP’s family law clinics, where he has assisted 44 clients in his first year with the program.
Q & A with Jeff Wohlford:
Where are you from?
Middleville, Michigan. (insert small-town joke here)
Where did you go to college? The Air Force Academy.
Where did you go to law school? University of Arizona.
How long have you lived in Tucson? Six years.
What is the history of your practice of law? Clerked for Judge Marner in the Pima County Superior Court and private practice.
What are your current practice areas? Family Law
What drives you to volunteer with VLP?
I’d like to say that what drives me to volunteer is following the tenets of my faith, that I’m called to help others. Most days though, I’m afraid I’m just selfish. That old cliché about getting more out of helping others than the people you are helping is so true. VLP allows me to do it in an efficient manner.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service?
I would like to acknowledge Skip Skinner. I first met Skip at an Air Force Academy alumni event in 2010. At the time, I had just retired from the Air Force and on the fence about going to law school. Having stood in my shoes about 15 years earlier, Skip’s encouragement to go for it made a big difference in my decision. I really saw Skip’s heart for service when I asked Skip to consider helping with student supervision in the U of A Veteran’s Clinic. Although he already did a lot of pro bono work with SALA, Skip didn’t hesitate to step up and help. I miss Skip a ton and think our community does too.
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP?
The VLP provides a very convenient way to help others. SALA does all the work of screening, scheduling, and prep work. You just show up for your time slot and you can very efficiently help a number of people in a short period of time.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I have been to over 45 countries but I have not yet been to Mexico.
Are you a dog or a cat person?
Definitely a dog person.
For information about how you can become involved in the SALA’s Volunteer Lawyers Program please visit the programs website at www.VLPArizona.org or call Michele Mirto at 623-9465, extension 4171.