Dean C. Christoffel Receives Arizona Supreme Court Award for Outstanding Pro-Bono Service
Dean C. Christoffel ('74), a partner at West, Christoffel and Zickerman, P.L.L.C., has been selected as the 2008 Judicial Branch Achievement Award winner by the Arizona Supreme Court for Outstanding Pro-Bono Service. The award was presented on June 16, 2008 at the 2008 Arizona Judicial Conference luncheon at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
This award was given to Dean in recognition of his many hours of service to the Southern Arizona Volunteer Lawyers Program, the Southern Arizona Community and contributions to improving Arizona’s judicial system. He has demonstrated substantial and creative contributions in providing pro bono services and has furthered the practice to others in the field. Through his work with the Volunteer Lawyers Program, Dean has assisted nearly four hundred clients and dedicated countless hours to help the domestic violence victims seen by the program. He is a regular participant in the Volunteer Lawyers Program’s domestic relations clinics where he assists clients representing themselves complete the necessary forms in their cases, and if necessary, will help secure safety and shelter for their children. Most recently, Dean has lead the Volunteer Lawyers Program in the development and implementation of clinics for outlying rural communities. He has helped recruit other attorneys to participate in clinics, and he helped put together a “traveling show” to go to Casa Grande for the program’s first ever domestic relations clinic in Pinal County. Along with the clinics for VLP that Dean participates in, he also participates in the VLP’s Law student program where he trains, supervises and mentors students each semester.
Dean, a Tucson local, graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1971. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona School of Law in 1974 and has been in private practice ever since and is presently with the firm of West, Christoffel and Zickerman, P.L.L.C.
He was the President of the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Arizona and has served on the Board of Directors for the State Bar of Arizona. Currently, he is on the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona and is the Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Pima County Bar Association. On a monthly basis, he serves as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Pima County Superior Court, handling domestic relations settlement conferences.