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  • Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    Mission Statement

    The Pima County Office of Court Appointed Counsel’s (OCAC) mission is to assure that adequate legal representation is afforded to all persons eligible for counsel under Arizona law. OCAC works with the Superior Court, Juvenile Court, Court of Appeals and Justice Courts to assign indigent defense cases to the appropriate office: Public Defender, Legal Defender, Legal Advocate or Contract Attorney. OCAC determines financial eligibility for court appointed counsel and assesses fees to defray part of the cost of providing indigent defense services.

    Interested in an indigent defense contract with Pima County?

    Please send your APPLICATION to Kristina.Dunlap@pima.gov.

    The Pima County Office of Court Appointed Counsel is NOW accepting contract applications for felony indigent representation from attorneys outside the Pima County area. In addition to the contracted hourly rate, Pima County will pay half of the hourly rate for travel time for those residing more than 50 miles from downtown Tucson, and Pima County’s standard mileage rate.




    Benjamin Mendola
    Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    Benjamin B.W. Mendola received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance) and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona. After graduating law school, Ben accepted a one-year appointment as Law Clerk/Bailiff for the Honorable Michael J. Cruikshank who served on the Pima County Superior Court criminal bench. Ben then went on to serve as a Deputy County Attorney, with the Pima County Attorney’s Office, where he focused on prosecuting white collar crimes. Ben has also worked as an assistant in-house corporate counsel, at a large investment management firm, where he was primarily responsible for compliance and managing the sub-advised client relationships. Prior to being appointed as the Director of the Office of Court Appointed Counsel, Ben spent 5 years as a trial attorney with the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office. Ben proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. Ben was born and raised in Tucson


    Ben’s duties and responsibilities as Director of OCAC include planning and directing the administrative and operational functions of the department. Among other things, he administers the contracts, oversees billing compliance, makes case-related expenditure determinations, and monitors attorney performance. He works with PDS Admin on long-term cost strategies and budgeting.

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    Benjamin Mendola, Director

    (520) 724-4463

    Alexandra Bachmann

    (520) 724-4464

    Deanna Campos

    (520) 724-4460

    Terri Dawson

    (520) 724-4468

    Kristina Dunlap

    (520) 724-4456

    Tina Huerta

    (520) 724-4459

    Suyeon McManus

    (520) 724-4453

    Shannon Nolen

    (520) 724-4467

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    Office of Court Appointed Counsel

    33 N. Stone Ave., Suite 1935
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Phone: (520) 724-4465
    Fax:  (520) 791-6612

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m.-5 p.m., except on holidays

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