Pat Gerrich speaks oh-so-briefly at a Morris Institute event in her honor, Nov. 14, 2013, The Vig, Phoenix.

Pat Gerrich speaks oh-so-briefly at a Morris Institute event in her honor, Nov. 14, 2013, The Vig, Phoenix.

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.”

Morris Institute reception invitation 11-14-13 crop 1Enjoy 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.

Morris Institute for Justice LogoTo enroll as a volunteer to provide general legal assistance, contact:

Community Legal Services (Maricopa, Mohave, LaPaz, Yavapai and Yuma Counties)

Southern Arizona Legal Aid (Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz Counties)

DNA–People’s Legal Services (Coconino County, Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe)

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Morris Institute for Justice LogoEthics and justice combine in a seminar next Friday, May 31. I heard about it via a great colleague over at the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education. Let me pass on some of the details.

The legal education seminar is being offered by the Morris Institute for Justice, and the presenter will be Geoff Sturr on the topic of ethics and conflicts.

Lawyer Geoff Sturr of Osborn Maledon

Geoff Sturr, Osborn Maledon

Geoff is a partner at Osborn Maledon, and I asked him to provide some more detail on what he’ll cover:

“Thanks for your interest. The seminar will focus on three areas:  conflicts, confidentiality and candor (which will include, among other things, conduct in negotiations). It will provide an update on recent decisions and opinions, and pending or anticipated rule changes. The primary target audience will be civil practitioners, but I hope to cover issues of interest to criminal and government lawyers.”

In case you don’t know them, the Morris Institute describes itself as “a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the rights of low-income Arizonans.” Read more about them and their work here.

As you may surmise, CLE credit will be offered for the event, which will be delivered in person at the Phoenix office of Lewis and Roca, and in a live simulcast at their Tucson office.

RSVP by May 29 to Ellen Katz at eskatz@qwestoffice.net or 602-252-3432 ext. 2.

All the detail is provided below.

Morris Institute CLE flier