I grow accustomed to learning about the great amounts of volunteerism about Arizona lawyers. That demonstrates how many attorneys recognize the value and importance of providing pro bono assistance.
But a communication I received from Bar colleague Alberto Rodriguez knocked me for a loop. Below, he reports on the volunteers who participated in the annual Arizona Veteran StandDown event. The amount of participation, by lawyers, law students and others, is stunning.
More photos from this year’s StandDown are here.
Thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part. Here’s Alberto:
On Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 the State Bar of Arizona and 23 of its members participated in the 2014 Arizona Veterans StandDown. The State Bar and volunteer attorneys joined several service providers at the three-day event that offered a variety of health and human services to nearly 1,700 homeless and at-risk veterans in our state. Volunteer attorneys from across the valley fielded legal questions via one-on-one consultations with veterans seeking legal advice.
The “Civil Law Clinic” organized by the State Bar offered legal consultations by members who practice Family Law, Bankruptcy/Foreclosure/Tax Law, Probate/Trust Law, Elder/Mental Health Law, and Real Estate/Landlord & Tenant Law. In addition, Community Legal Services, Project Salute, and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU participated in the civil law clinic.
Volunteer attorneys provided 177 consultations during the two-day civil law clinic for the 160 veterans who were seen. In addition, many attorneys offered pro-bono legal services after the StandDown to veterans who needed representation. Adding to the legal services provided for veterans, on-site courts coordinated by Gary Kula, Director of the City of Phoenix Public Defender’s Office, saw 937 veterans who needed to address court-related issues.
The following is a list of civil attorney and logistics volunteers:
- Dorothy Brogan, Law Office of Dorothy E. Brogan
- Robert C. Brown, Dickinson Wright
- Rebecca E. Browning, Browning Law Office, PLLC
- Kristen Coyne, CKGH Law
- Rachel Frazier Johnson, Rachel Frazier Johnson Law
- Steve Gervais, Land Advisors Organization
- Sean D. Greengard, Community Legal Services
- Peter Gustafson, Gustafson Law Office, PLLC
- Taylor House, Taylor House Law, PLC
- Christine Jensen, Christine Jensen, PC
- Billy Miller, Law Firm of William A. Miller
- Judy M. Miller, Judy M. Miller, PC
- Maya Milovic, Tijjani, Milovic & Phillips, PLC
- Matt Nelson, Project Salute
- Nicole L. Pavlik, Forakis Law Firm
- Bret Rasner, Community Legal Services
- Jennifer Ryan-Touhill, Touhill Law Offices, PC
- Bree Stamper-Gimbar, Community Legal Services
- John Starkey, John Starkey Attorney at Law
- Nina Targomilk, Community Legal Services
- Jim P. Webster, James Portman Webster Law Office, PLC
- Debbie Weecks, Weecks Law
- John Withee, Withee Law Firm, PLLC
Certified Limited Practice Students (from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU)
- Laura Anderson
- Tory Beardsley
- Christine Bolton
- Marcy Karin, Clinical Professor of Law
- Ryan Lockner
- Rodrigo Antillon, Lambda Sigma Upsilon
- Jesus Enriquez, Lambda Sigma Upsilon
- Jerry Herrera, Community Legal Services
- Denise Lopez, Magellan Health Services
- Charles Wilson, Lambda Sigma Upsilon