Attorney of the Month Award for Pima County
By Michele Mirto
Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program 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.
Tom Niemeir was selected to receive the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Month Award for September 2016. Tom joined the VLP in 1989. Over the course of the last twenty-seven years he has provided legal assistance, brief service and direct representation to clients seeking help with family law matters. Tom is a frequent participant in the VLP’s Family Law Clinics where he provides basic information on family law issues and helps self-represented litigants complete the necessary forms to file their case. In all, Mr. Niemeir has assisted 875 VLP clients. The VLP staff are grateful for Mr. Niemeir’s long time dedication to this important work.
Q & A with Tom Niemeir
Where are you from? Hutchinson, KS
Where did you go to college? University of Kansas
Where did you go to law school? University of Arizona
How long have you lived in Tucson? Since 1977
What is the history of your practice of law? Civil limited to family law for last 20 years
What drives you to volunteer with VLP? People in a family law situation (ie divorce, custody, parenting time, etc.) need guidance for personal life as well as legal advice and must understand that there is what is legal, what is moral and what is best for everyone and sometimes they do not overlap.
Anyone you would like to acknowledge for contributing to your legal career / pro bono service? Joubert Dvenport
One reason you would encourage attorneys to volunteer with VLP? It keeps you in touch with the community and reminds you of your obligation to help others.
Things you do when not working or volunteering your legal services? Have been a role player gamer for years.
Best thing about being an attorney in Tucson? Pima County is still a county where most other attorneys act in a professional manner and you do not have to constantly watch their behavior in litigations.
If you ever retire from private practice, it will be to start a new career as a __? I don’t know. I’m too close to retirement age now to consider it.
Things that you wish were closer to your office? Courthouse
Are you a dog or a cat person? I have two dogs, four cats, two birds and two turtles. My daughter wants to be a vet.
Food you can't live without? Coffee
Best vacation destination? Mountains
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.