Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Janie Magruder, 480-727-9052,

Judy Nichols, 480-727-7895,

Law school to host Veterans Day program on laws supporting military members and their families

A program about the laws that support service members, veterans and military families will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

“Serving Those who Serve: Basic Civil Protections for Soldiers, Veterans and their Families,” will be from 1-5 p.m. in the Great Hall of Armstrong Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. The program is free, but registration is required here.

Sponsored by the law school’s Civil Justice Clinic, the event will include discussions about employment protections, veteran’s benefits, credit and debt obligations and lease terminations. A panel of experts will review local programs that aid this population.

Speakers include: 

  • Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Marcy Karin, associate clinical professor and director, Work-Life Policy Unit, Civil Justice Clinic, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Nick Barton, president, Homeless Legal Assistance Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • Paul Bennett, clinical professor and director, Child Advocacy Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
  • Steven Gonzales, associate professor and director, Experiential Learning, Phoenix School of Law
  • Brad Bridwell, Homeless Veterans Services coordinator, Arizona Department of Veterans Services
  • Tom Reade, unit chief, Crime, Fraud and Victim Resource Center, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
  • Nicola M. Winkel, program consultant/community liaison, Arizona Coalition for Military Families
  • Army Brigadier General Gregg Maxon (ret.), chairman, Arizona Bar Military Legal Assistance Committee
  • Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence “Butch” Wise (ret.), executive director, Arizona Field Office, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve  
  • Theodore C. Jarvi, attorney, Law Offices of Theodore C. Jarvi
  • Capt. Patrick Camunez, attorney-advisor, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Arizona Air National Guard
  • Chelsey Golightly, law clerk, Shaw & Lines, LLC

For more information, contact Matthew Cullimore.

Some startling statistics were released this week that detailed the high levels of violence and bullying that Arizona students are experiencing.

“Startling” may be the wrong word to use in this state, which may simply be reaping our low dividends for our low investments in Arizona’s youth. But there is no denying that the data from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is dramatic and troubling.

The 2010 Arizona Youth Survey assessed health risk behavior and the prevalence of substance abuse. As the Commission says, “The survey also includes questions concerns other risky behavior such as bullying, violence and gambling.”

Some of the more sobering numbers have to do with teen dating violence and bullying:

  • Nearly one in five youth (17.3 percent) reported being physically assaulted by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to completing the survey.
  • More than one of every four youth (29.1 percent) report being bullied at school in that time period.
  • Nearly 15 percent of youth reported attacking someone with the intent to seriously hurt them in that time.
  • More than one out of every 10 youth reported having seen someone shot or shot at in the past 12 months.

More of the survey results are here.

Phillip Stevenson, director of the ACJC’s Statistical Analysis Center, said, “We must do more to address bullying behavior in our schools and create an environment where youth feel safe to learn.”

An event tonight provides Arizonans the opportunity to do exactly what Stevenson suggested.

Recent national stories have shown some of the tragic results that may ensue from bullying. After bullying and harassment, young LGBT individuals have committed suicide in New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, Indiana and Rhode Island.

Tonight a coalition of organizations is screening a film titled Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History. Equality Arizona, with the Church of the Beatitudes, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will screen the 40-minute documentary, a story of a young gay man who took a stand against the bullying he experienced in school. The film is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center (who came to Arizona in 2009, which we covered in Arizona Attorney Magazine here). A discussion panel will follow.


Church of the Beatitudes, Nelson Hall
555 W. Glendale Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Cost: Free

Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP recommended:

Church of the Beatitudes

More information:

Julie Roberts

(602) 509-4808


Barbara Wood
(602) 264-1221