University in Flagstaff and obtained his undergraduate degree in Police Science and
Administration. Bruce was inspired to pursue a legal career by his admiration for his
grandfather and his uncle. He attended law
school at Arizona State University and graduated in 1981 and was admitted to practice
in Arizona in October that year. He is a
State Bar-Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation.
When Bruce started volunteering with
VLP, he handled cases similar to his regular practice; he helped people who needed
defense on tort actions. Later, he attended
CLE trainings offered by VLP’s Children’s
Law Center and found new ways to provide legal help. He had always been interested in working with children in scouting
and coaching youth baseball and found he
Recently, Bruce represented a grandmother who had been caring for her
granddaughter since infancy and came to the VLP for help.
Both of the child’s parents were serving long sentences in federal prison.
enjoyed using his legal skills to help children. Subsequently, he handled some minor
guardianship cases. He then participated in
the statutorily required training to qualify
as a court-appointed adviser in family court
and accepted appointments requested by
family court judges through Roni Tropper,
Coordinator of the Children’s Law Center.
In 2015, he accepted an adoption case.
Recently, Bruce represented a grandmother who had been caring for her granddaughter since infancy and came to the VLP
for help. Both of the child’s parents were
serving long sentences in federal prison and
had never provided any care or support for
Bruce described this case as especially re-
warding because he was so impressed with
how well the grandmother had provided a
good home for her granddaughter despite
having very limited means and being dis-
He says he has been impressed with the
number of good-hearted grandparents who
are working hard to care for their grandchildren. Recently he expanded his commitment to pro bono service by offering to
provide a free clinic once a month in Mesa
to help grandparents prepare to become
guardians for their grandchildren.
Bruce finds it personally rewarding to
use his legal skills to help children and their
caretakers. He also believes his broad experience in pro bono matters has helped him
professionally. As he says, “It’s given me
a chance to work in family court, probate
court, and juvenile court. I’ve become a