Attorney Good News & Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

The State Bar of Arizona and Univision Arizona hosted the Abogados a Su Lado public service program on Monday, August 17, 2015. Volunteer lawyers answered calls relating to viewer’s family law issues. The following is a recap of the program.

Date: August 17, 2015

Topic: Family Law Issues

Volunteers: Six Attorneys [W. James Fisher Lopez, William James Fisher Law Offices; Mark Hawkins, Hawkins & Hawkins; Carlos E. Noel, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Christina Ortecho, Law Office of Christina Ortecho; Daniel A. Rodriguez, Diaz Rodriguez & Associates; and Alejandra Valdez, Arizona Attorney General’s Office].

Caller Volume: Volunteer attorneys answered an impressive 84 calls during the two-hour phone bank.

Sample consumer questions:

- How do we begin the divorce process? Do we need an attorney?
- My husband left five years ago, can I file for a divorce without him?
- Can I sue for back child support if my children are over 18?
- How do I enforce a child support order? What if the parent doesn’t comply?
- How do I get grandparent rights?

Two of the six attorneys were first-time volunteers. All volunteers were extremely satisfied with the quality of the questions overall and were excited to participate in the Abogados a Su Lado public service program.

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 was organized to inform consumers, dispel myths, and combat consumer fraud related to immigration law and deferred action. The following is a recap of the program.

Event Details
Date:   Monday, December 22, 2014
Time:   5 to 10 p.m.
Topic:  Immigration Law and Deferred Action

Thirteen Attorneys [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; and Ray Ybarra Maldonado, Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado].

An estimated 550 consumers attended the 3-hour access to justice event and 286 families received one-on-one consultations by volunteer attorneys.

The informative session included an overview of the State Bar’s consumer protection services by Alberto Rodriguez; endorsements for the Bar by immigrant rights organizations Promise Arizona and Mi Familia Vota; and a presentation covering deferred action by attorneys Ezequiel Hernandez and Jaime Garcia. The entire access to justice program was offered in Spanish.

Following the informative session, consumers sat with attorneys for one-on-one consultations.

Sample consumer questions:
- When will the details be released? When and how do I apply for deferred action?
- What are the specific details regarding the tax returns?
- Does this cancel removal/voluntary departure procedures?
- I got a DUI in the past, does this count as criminal activity?
- How do I prepare? What documents do I need to provide?
- I am already in the process of applying for citizenship, does this affect me?

All volunteers were extremely satisfied with the quality of the questions overall and were excited to have participated in this informative session and legal assistance clinic.

We thank Univision 33 for their continued partnership in providing this valuable “Access to Justice” program for the Spanish-speaking community.

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