Every month, Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) recognizes a legal professional for their voluntarism. The award is a distinct honor. Of the 533 attorneys and paralegals who volunteer their time, twelve are recognized annually for their dedication to access to justice.
Carrie L. Rednour is the October 2019 Outstanding Volunteer of the Month Award recipient. She is also the Frances McClelleand Community Practitioner Award winner.
Awarded by the Frances McCelland Institute at the University of Arizona, the award is given to members of the community whose work demonstrates a commitment to improving the lives of families in Southern Arizona.
Carrie grew up in Las Vegas, attending the University of Nevada Reno for her undergraduate degree in political science. She always wanted to be a lawyer and had a great professor in undergraduate school who inspired her to continue on this path. She moved to Tucson to attend law school at the University of Arizona. Initially she went to law school to be a prosecutor but decided second year after taking estates and trusts class that she wanted to help elderly and disabled individuals in the community with estate planning and adult guardianships. She has practiced this law since graduation and her firm since 2006, Rednour Law PLLC, specializes in estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, long term care planning, & elder law. The quality she likes most in a lawyer is reasonableness and the SCOTUS Justice she would most like to meet is the amazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since she has remained in Tucson, her parents retired here from Nevada. She has a brother who is a general manager at the Four Seasons and he has lived in many different countries, currently Qatar.
Carrie is a member of PCBA and the Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association. She is on the Board of several organizations including Growth Partners of Arizona, which offers loans to other nonprofit organizations, and she is on the Board of her daughter’s theater. Along with her busy practice, Carrie volunteers pro bono to teach people at the PCBA’s adult guardianship classes. She has, throughout her career organized free clinics to assist people with adult guardianships. She regularly teaches CLE to the legal community through PCBA and the Arizona State Bar on adult guardianships and elder law. She has been on the volunteer panel with Southern Arizona Legal Aid since 2003 and taken six direct representation pro bono cases between 2004-2016. Recently she has done a lot of volunteering for minor guardianship classes and clinics after being recruited by the Kinship and Adoption Resources (KARE) workers at a local Court Night. With these classes and one-on-one clinics, she can positively help out families and children, by assisting people through a complicated legal system to keep kids with family members, such as aunts and uncles and grandparents. In 2018, Carrie volunteered for 8 clinics and classes and in 2019, she has already volunteered for 18 as of the end of September! She has an excellent work ethics, is always on time, very empathetic with clients, and very knowledgeable. She will step in last minute in a crisis of scheduling and she loves volunteering and mentoring young attorneys and law students. She finds it gratifying to help the family members who are trying to do so much positive good for the kids in their families despite the parents’ struggles with addiction, jail, and deportation.
Carrie and her husband, a retired Tucson Police Department officer, have two children, a fifteen year old son and an eleven year old daughter. Her son is interested in a career in aviation and has started taking flight classes at the airport, with plans to attend the University of North Dakota. Her daughter is very active in musical theater. They have two dogs and two cats and Carrie’s hobbies include Orange Theory, University of Arizona basketball, and reading, mostly novels. One of her favorite novels is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Nothing cheers Carrie up like University of Arizona basketball!