By: Lela I. Garcia, VLP Student Intern, B.A. in Law, University of Arizona
Every month, Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s (“SALA”) Volunteer Lawyers Program (“VLP”) recognizes a legal professional for their legal volunteerism. The award is a distinct honor. Out of the more than 400 attorneys and paralegals on panel who are willing to volunteer their time, twelve are recognized annually for their dedication to access to justice.
Attorney Michael Aboud is the May 2022 Outstanding Volunteer of the Month Award Recipient.
Attorney Aboud stops at nothing short of excellence within his professional career. Mr. Aboud, a lifelong Wildcat, continued his family’s legacy by receiving both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona. While at the University of Arizona, he studied business and found himself passionate about community service and involvement on campus. Not only did he play on the men’s basketball team under head coach Bruce Larson, but he also excelled off the basketball court in his academics. Mr. Aboud was president of his fraternity at UArizona, as well as the Student Court Chief Justice, a member of advanced Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), a student in the Blue Key Honors Organization, and recipient of the Robert Nugent Award that is awarded to the outstanding male graduate. Mr. Aboud was, and still continues to be, an asset to the community through his outstanding work ethic.
Mr. Aboud’s family has been practicing law in Tucson, Arizona since 1928. Attorney Aboud was inspired by his uncle and father’s work and decided to pursue law school. At The James E. Rogers College of Law, Mr. Aboud found his passion for litigation after clerking for a personal injury and business law firm here in Tucson, Arizona. Today, the firm is known as Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.C. One of Mr. Aboud’s most memorable cases involved successfully suing the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health on a wrongful death claim based on negligent inspection of the jobsite during construction of the parking garage at Tucson Medical Center. The case was a first in the state of Arizona. Mr. Aboud notes that his litigation work enabled him to learn something new with almost every case in wide-ranging fields from medicine to construction.
At Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Mr. Aboud has graciously assisted clients who were being threatened with foreclosure of their homes. Aboud’s empathy and compassion allowed him successfully to assist one of these clients in keeping their home and family intact.
Currently, Attorney Aboud is a partner in his firm, Aboud & Aboud, P.C. For over fifty-one years, his work has been centered around litigation and personal injury. However, it has also expanded to include real estate and estate planning, title actions, and representing lending institutions in their foreclosure work.
When Mr. Aboud is not working to further his professional goals, he has enjoyed staying active with various sports, with woodworking projects, and with outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and in the past boating with family and friends. When he gets the opportunity, he loves to spend time with his grandchildren and his wife, Sally, of fifty-three years.
Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.’s Volunteer Lawyers Program is deeply grateful for Attorney Michael Aboud’s volunteerism and dedication to his clients.
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