Last night, a crowd of folks gathered to honor the achievements of Patricia Gerrich, Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program for Arizona.
Attendees at the Morris Institute for Justice event at The Vig in downtown Phoenix—those who know Pat, anyway—probably weren’t surprised that she courteously declined the accolades.
Instead, when it was her turn to speak, she reminded everyone about the vital work of the state’s volunteer lawyers and the Morris Institute.
“This event is not to honor me,” Pat began. “It is about the Institute and all of the important work it does.”
“They do work that helps a lot of people get a fair shake and a fair trial. They are all about access to justice.”
Enjoy your weekend. And if you get a free moment, click here to read about the organization. While you’re there, don’t miss that little button labeled “Donate to MIJ.”
And if you are a lawyer and want to do even more, I’ve posted some detail below (courtesy of attorney Gary Restaino) about a few fantastic legal services organizations in Arizona that could use your assistance.
Community Legal Services (Maricopa, Mohave, LaPaz, Yavapai and Yuma Counties)
- VLP Director Pat Gerrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-254-4714
Southern Arizona Legal Aid (Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz Counties)
- VLP Director Michele Mirto at email@example.com or 520-623-9465, ext. 4171
DNA–People’s Legal Services (Coconino County, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe)
- Sylvia J Struss at firstname.lastname@example.org