State Bar of Arizona logoHere is some news from my colleague Alberto Rodriguez:

The State Bar of Arizona and 12 News hosted the July Lawyers on Call on Tuesday, July 9, focused on employment and labor law issues. The following is a recap of the public service program.

There were nine attorney volunteers: Denise M. Blommel, Dawn Farrison, Trey Dayes, Richard Galvan, Don P. Johnsen, Leah Lewandowski, Michelle Matheson, Shari C. Mauney and Jessica L. Post. Seven of the nine attorneys were first-time volunteers.

The volunteer attorneys answered an impressive 124 calls on employment and labor law issues.

Here is a sample of the consumer questions:

  • 12 News Phoenix logoExempt vs. Non-Exempt: Should I be getting paid for excessive/overtime hours?
  • Do I qualify for worker’s compensation? What is the process?
  • I believe I’m being sexually harassed at work. What can I do?
  • I am the fifth person over fifty years of age to be fired recently. Is this age discrimination?
  • Can I be fired without knowing the reason?
  • How do I collect unpaid wages?
  • How do I know if I qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act?

The overarching topics were wrongful termination, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation, wage disputes, and age/race discrimination.

The 12 News team was successful in adding a social media component to the phone bank. Consumers were able to ask their questions via the 12 News Facebook page, and attorney Trey Dayes responded with his recommendations/advice.

From the State Bar of Arizona, 12 News and the Arizona Republic, news about some Arizona lawyers who are offering their services pro bono this afternoon (links to attorney websites are provided where available):

The State Bar of Arizona and 12 News will team up today to help answer legal questions about divorce and child-support issues, for free.

Arizonans who have divorce and child-custody questions can call 602-258-1212 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Bar association will provide eight volunteer attorneys who are trained in family-law issues.

Callers are asked to limit questions to that area of law.

The volunteer attorneys are Kiilu Davis, Jan M. Buescher, Jennifer Moshier, Falynn S. Baum, Gilbert B. Weiner, Laura Gillis, Nancy L. Khiel and Paul C. Riggs.

On Thursday, a similar panel of attorneys will answer divorce and child-support questions from Spanish-speaking residents on Univision 33 from 5 to 7 p.m. Spanish-speaking residents can call 602-232-3535.

The complete story (to share with those who could benefit most) is here.