Volunteer Lawyers Aid in Arizona StandDown's Success

By Alberto Rodriguez
February 18, 2014

On Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 the State Bar of Arizona and 23 of its members participated in the 2014 Arizona Veterans StandDown. The State Bar and volunteer attorneys joined several service providers at the three-day event that offered a variety of health and human services to nearly 1,700 homeless and at-risk veterans in our state. Volunteer attorneys from across the valley fielded legal questions via one-on-one consultations with veterans seeking legal advice.

The "Civil Law Clinic" organized by the State Bar offered legal consultations by members who practice Family Law, Bankruptcy/Foreclosure/Tax Law, Probate/Trust Law, Elder/Mental Health Law, and Real Estate/Landlord & Tenant Law. In addition, Community Legal Services, Project Salute, and the Sandra Day O’Connor
College of Law at ASU participated in the civil law clinic.

Volunteer attorneys provided 177 consultations during the two-day civil law clinic for the 160 veterans who were seen. In addition, many attorneys offered pro-bono legal services after the StandDown to veterans who needed representation. Adding to the legal services provided for veterans, on-site courts coordinated by Gary Kula, Director of the City of Phoenix Public Defender's Office saw 937veterans who needed to address court-related issues.

The following is a list of civil attorney and logistics volunteers:

Attorney Volunteers
Dorothy Brogan, Law Office of Dorothy E. Brogan
Robert C. Brown, Dickinson Wright
Rebecca E. Browning, Browning Law Office, PLLC
Kristen Coyne, CKGH Law
Rachel Frazier Johnson, Rachel Frazier Johnson Law
Steve Gervais, Land Advisors Organization
Sean D. Greengard, Community Legal Services
Peter Gustafson, Gustafson Law Office, PLLC
Taylor House, Taylor House Law, PLC
Christine Jensen, Christine Jensen, PC
Billy Miller, Law Firm of William A. Miller
Judy M. Miller, Judy M. Miller, PC
Maya Milovic, Tijjani, Milovic & Phillips, PLC
Matt Nelson, Project Salute
Nicole L. Pavlik, Forakis Law Firm
Bret Rasner, Community Legal Services
Jennifer Ryan-Touhill, Touhill Law Offices, PC
Bree Stamper-Gimbar, Community Legal Services
John Starkey, John Starkey Attorney at Law
Nina Targomilk, Community Legal Services
Jim P. Webster, James Portman Webster Law Office, PLC
Debbie Weecks, Weecks Law
John Withee, Withee Law Firm, PLLC

Certified Limited Practice Students from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU
Laura Anderson
Tory Beardsley
Christine Bolton
Marcy Karin, Clinical Professor of Law
Ryan Lockner

Logistics Volunteers
Rodrigo Antillon, Lambda Sigma Upsilon
Jesus Enriquez, Lambda Sigma Upsilon
Jerry Herrera, Community Legal Services
Denise Lopez, Magellan Health Services
Charles Wilson, Lambda Sigma Upsilon