Army OneSource Online Legal Education

On July 30, the State Bar embarked on a six-week campaign to recruit volunteer lawyers and paralegals willing to provide legal assistance to active duty military personnel and veterans. The campaign, which is sponsored by Army OneSource, includes an educational component that enables attorneys to learn more about the problems facing these American heroes.

The State Bar is proud of the Arizona attorneys who have contributed to the development of these Army OneSource online educational programs:

"Serving Those Who Have Served"

Kris Carlson
Kris Carlson is an attorney with Polsinelli in Phoenix, Arizona and a former Special Forces Medical Sergeant. Kris served with 3rd and 10th Special Forces Groups, and is a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq. After separating from the Army, Kris attended law school at the University of Arizona. As a law student, he helped set-up Tucson City Veterans Court, and worked to create a Veterans' legal assistance clinic at the University of Arizona law school. Kris also served as a subject matter expert for the development of the Army OneSource Military Legal Assistance video on "Serving Those Who Have Served".

Kenney Hegland
Kenney Hegland is the James E. Rogers Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. In his 35 years of teaching he has also taught at UCLA and Harvard. He has published several books, most recently A Short and Happy Guide to Being a Lawyer and A Short and Happy Guide to Elder Law (West 2013). He has written and produced ten law-related educational videos for high school students, which are currently distributed by The Discovery Channel. His degrees are from Stanford, UC Berkeley and Harvard.

Gregg Maxon
Brigadier General Richard Gregg Maxon retired on July 1, 2008, culminating military and state service careers as the Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano, he assumed duties as the Director on March 28, 2007. Gregg enlisted in the Army in May 1972 serving as a linguist for the Army Security Agency. Separating from active duty in July 1975, he attended Arizona State University where he earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctor degrees.

In October 1980, Gregg re-entered active duty as a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Navy. He joined the Arizona Army National Guard as a Judge Advocate in August 1984. In June 1999, he was appointed as the Assistant Adjutant General and promoted to Brigadier General on December 12, 2000.

Gregg retired from military service on July 9,2007. Currently he is working with a number of veterans organizations and practices law in the area of Veterans’ Disability Claims Appeals. He serves as a Judge Pro Tem in Maricopa County Superior Court Veterans Treatment Court and is a Judge on the Arizona Court of Military Appeals. He is a 2011 inductee into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.

"Family Law and Military"

Rebecca L. Owen
Rebecca L. Owen was born and raised in the small town of Lake Station, Indiana where she graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in 1982. She then joined the United States Air Force where she was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Turkey, England and California before receiving her Honorable Discharge in July of 1991. Becky attended the Community College of the Air Force receiving an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Assisting on April 20,1990. She attended the University of Maryland while stationed overseas and in California and Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business on August 27, 1993. Becky attended the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctorate degree on May 19, 1996. She is currently a member of the State Bar of Arizona and its Military Legal Assistance Committee as well as a board member of the Maricopa County Bar Association Family Law Section and the State Bar of Arizona Military Legal Assistance Committee.

The Volunteer Lawyers Program named Becky as the Attorney of the Month in November 2008. The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education named her as one of their top 50 attorneys in the State of Arizona in 2009. Becky was named Top Valley Attorney in 2010 and 2011 by North Valley Magazine and Superb Rated Attorney by AVVO in 2011 and 2012. Rebecca was selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers in 2012/2013. She began her volunteer work as a Guardian Ad Litem working with children. Becky is a Judge Pro Tempore and volunteers as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Officer. She has also volunteered with the Family Lawyers Assistance Program at the Maricopa County Superior Court, provided legal assistance for residents at the Salvation Army, and has volunteered for the Arizona Stand Down for military persons.

Becky is married with a blended family of two daughters and one son. She has focused solely on family law matters since August of 1996 and has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona since May of 1997. Becky was employed by the Law Office of Merrill W. Robbins from August of 1996 until January 30, 2002 and The Law Office of O. Joseph Chornenky from January 31, 2002 until December 31, 2006. She has been a sole practitioner since January 1, 2007.