Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Kathleen McCarthy has been selected as the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month for September. Kathleen McCarthy, a nationally preeminent family law lawyer and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, came up with an idea to organize and present a CLE series to give new family law attorneys practical tips and insights into how to successfully survive the practice of family law. Through the series, “A Survival Guide for Family Lawyers,” Kathleen provides examples, forms, and case law that span the entire cycle of a family law case. Kathleen has offered the seven part series at no cost to members of the Volunteer Lawyers Program and to those attorneys willing to register with the program. VLP members receive valuable training and in return give of their time and talent to help those most in need in our community.
Recognizing that she alone could not assist all of the clients in need of legal services, Kathleen organized the CLE series in an effort to mentor new attorneys through the legal process. Such training requires the development of materials and the time commitment to conduct the training sessions. Through her efforts, Kathleen helps the VLP “grow” the volunteer attorneys of the future.
Q & A WITH Kathleen McCarthy
Where are you from? All over, I was a military brat.
How long have you lived in Tucson? Too many years to count.
What are your current practice areas? Family law all the way
What drives you to volunteer with VLP? I think of lawyers as advocates for the public. We are ambassadors for social justice.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? My husband– he is all about social justice and his support of my practice is his way of giving
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP? It’s a great way to rev your endorphins.
Other VLP volunteers you'd like to give a shout-out to Life-lesson learned from your experiences with VLP? Judge Christoffel has been an ardent supporter of VLP.
Favorite Tucson restaurant? Lovin’ Spoonfuls
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services? Hike, bike, run, lift– anything that gives me Vitamin N (Nature). I call it recess.
If you ever retire from private practice, it will be to . . . start a new career as a motivational speaker and health advocate.
What is something you would like people to know about you? That’s a secret.
What is something that not many people know about you? That’s also a secret.
Food you can't live without? Kombucha
Any bad habits? I have lots of little guilty pleasures, all of them secret
Best vacation destination? Boulder, Colorado