Volunteer Recognition


Hon. Tom Berning

Arizona Bar Foundation Donate Volunteer

Judge Berning is a leader in the legal aid community prior to becoming a judge for the City of Tucson court. He served as the Executive Director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid for numerous years and worked with William E. Morris Institute for Justice.

The legal help website www.azlawhelp.org receives hundreds of questions each month from individuals trying to navigate our legal system. Judge Berning answers numerous questions relating to housing and landlord/tenant issues each year to help individuals find the resources they need.

The work Hon. Berning has done with answering legal questions has helped countless Arizonans. Not only has he specifically helped hundreds through his direct answers to their legal issues, but the information he provides is posted online to help many others facing similar problems.

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