Step Up to Justice

the reach of pro bono
civil legal services.

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Our Mission

Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families in Pima County, powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys. Through careful financial stewardship and technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them, Step Up to Justice builds connections between clients, attorneys and community partners. Step Up to Justice is ground-breaking, forward-thinking and committed to advancing efforts to secure equal access to justice for all. Read our full mission

Who We Serve

SU2J is positioned to fill a gap and expand on existing resources in pro bono legal services. There are many clients who cannot be served by other pro bono services due to conflicts of interests, or are otherwise ineligible yet are still in need of legal assistance. 

The Need

200,000 Pima County residents live in poverty. 100,000 of them have at least one civil legal need per year.

Current service models provide assistance to less than 6% of those in need. Current service models utilize less than 20% of the available volunteers.


“Our ability to end
injustice is directly tied to our capacity to create hope.”


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Message from our Board President, Stacy Rupprecht Butler, and Executive Director, Michele Mirto

As longtime supporters of pro bono civil legal services in Pima County, we’ve seen many lives changed for the better through the simple gift of free legal assistance. But we’ve also seen the tremendous unmet need. Too many people seeking free legal help are turned away due to lack of resources, conflicts of interest and funding restrictions.

We can do better. We can tap into innovations in technology to bring more volunteers and clients together. We can engage in careful financial stewardship to expand the reach of donor dollars and help more people. We can foster partnerships to include more of our community in the fight for access to justice. 

94% of those in need of legal services aren’t getting help. Hundreds of lawyers are ready to donate their services. Let’s bring them together. Step Up to Justice is about making that connection – we hope you will help us!



Ready to help?




Organizational Goals for 2017


Recruit 200 volunteer attorneys.  


Help 1,000 clients.


Establish community partnerships. 


Incorporate innovative technology into client and volunteer experiences.