The State Bar of Arizona continues to play a significant role in educating consumers about immigration law. It couldn’t come at a better time.
Previously, I mentioned a few events the Bar scheduled in December to help the public understand the ins and outs of the recent presidential Executive Order on immigration. Today, I offer a follow-up to the event held on December 22. Just three days before Christmas, more than a dozen lawyers offered their time and expertise to a packed-to-the-rafters crowd. It was scheduled in a way to accommodate consumers who have jobs and other daytime obligations, so it’s even more impressive that the attorneys attended until 10:00 p.m. Well done and congratulations.
The forum’s format opened with a 45-minute presentation on the topic by attorney Ezequiel Hernandez, followed by the opportunity to speak with individual lawyers.
Keep in mind that the December 22 event followed on the heels of a phone bank organized by the Bar the day after the President’s Executive Order (a phone bank held on a Friday night and that included some dedicated volunteer attorneys).
I can’t help but feel that the Bar is probably a long way ahead of other organizations in regard to educating folks on this breaking topic.
Here’s the update:
Thirteen volunteer attorneys came together on Monday, December 22, to offer free legal advice at an informational session and legal assistance clinic hosted by the State Bar of Arizona and its partner Univision Arizona at St. Agnes Church in Phoenix. This access to justice program, held from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., was organized to inform consumers, dispel myths, and combat consumer fraud related to immigration law and deferred action.
Approximately 550 consumers attended the access to justice event, and 286 families participated in one-on-one consultations with volunteer attorneys.
The 13 volunteer attorneys were:
- Marysol Angulo, Hernandez Global
- Emilia Banuelos, Banuelos Law Office
- Seth Draper, Salvatierra Law Group
- Judy Flanagan, Judy C. Flanagan, PC
- Lisette Flores, Friendly House
- Jaime Garcia, Garcia Law Group
- Marni Guerrero, Guerrero Jefferies Law Group
- Ezequiel Hernandez, Hernandez Global
- Claudia Lopez, Law Office of Claudia P. Lopez PLLC
- Jose L. Penalosa, Penalosa & Associates
- Cynthia J. Perez, Hammond Law Group
- Juan Rocha, Rocha Law Office
- Ray Ybarra Maldonado, Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado