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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2006 10:48 am | Updated: 3:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State University law student Paul Coble is helping the community get free legal help. The Tempe 23-year-old is a coordinator at the Rebecca White Berch Pro Bono Center, an Arizona Attorney General satellite office at ASU’s Tempe campus.

He’s among many law students volunteering there to provide free information on identity theft, consumer fraud, civil rights and life care planning.

“We can’t provide legal advice, but we have lots of information,” said Coble, who is entering his second year in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. “It’s a great place to go if you just don’t know where to go for help.”

The office is primarily available for students, who rank third behind senior citizens and immigrants when it comes to being targeted for scams. But everyone is welcome, Coble said.

Coble began volunteering when the office opened in November inside the Armstrong Hall law building.

While there, he formed the Attorney General Satellite Outreach Project, a studentled pro bono organization, after being approached by an attorney general liaison.

That student organization has since taken over the dayto-day operations of Rebecca White Berch center — the only attorney general satellite office that’s independently run by students.

“The law school puts a lot of emphasis on pro bono work,” Coble said. “It’s a way to apply what we’ve learned and help out real people with our skills.”

Andrea Esquer, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office, said they were really excited to find someone so enthusiastic to help spearhead the ASU satellite office.

“To have someone that’s so helpful during his first year of law school has been great,” Esquer said. “He’s committed and a true believer. We’re thrilled to have him.”

In April, the Attorney General’s office presented Coble with a wooden gavel award for his work.

Besides his work at ASU, Coble is also interning at the main Attorney General’s office in downtown Phoenix, where he is putting together several educational workshops for students and seniors.

Coble’s law focus is intellectual property law and he plans to go into pharmaceutical patents. He is spending the summer studying for the patent bar.

For information on the attorney general’s ASU satellite office, call (480) 965-0564, visit www.azag.gov or e-mail paul.coble@asu.edu.

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