www azflse org ANNUAL REPORT 2016
www.azflse.org  ANNUAL REPORT  2016
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CONTENTS 4 2016 Board of Directors 5 Mission Program Impact Summary 6 Impact of Legal Aid 7 Impact of Web Based Education 8 2016 Awardees 9 2016 Awardees continued 10 Leadership 11 Resources Fiscal Management 12 Looking Forward 3 Mock Trial 2016 Regional 13 Donate Volunteer 14 Donors
CONTENTS 4     2016 Board of Directors 5     Mission   Program Impact Summary  6     Impact of Legal Aid 7     Impact of W...
2016 Board of Directors Officers Matt Fischer President Kim Demarchi President Elect Peter Davis Treasurer Helen Purcell Past President Matthew Binford Vice President Jennifer Holsman Tetreault Secretary Members At Large Damon Boyd Andrew Ching Cari Gerchick Rodney Glassman Rachel Hernandez Audrey Jennings Hon Joseph Kreamer Hon Stephen McCarville Duane Phifer Jennifer Rebholz Sam Saks Dee Dee Samet Clarice Spicker Geoffrey Sturr Geoffrey Trachtenberg Janice Wezelman Hon Lawrence Winthrop Ex Officio Members John Phelps CEO State Bar of Arizona Kevin Ruegg CEO of AZ Bar Foundation 4 Lisa Loo State Bar of Arizona President
2016 Board of Directors  Officers Matt Fischer, President Kim Demarchi, President Elect Peter Davis, Treasurer  Helen Purc...
Mission Promoting Access to Justice for All Arizonans 2016 Highlights Supporting Arizona Arizona legal service agencies received 2 291 681 in support through grants contracts and participation in designated donation programs Arizona students educators and schools received 132 932 in support through free curricula travel assistance and resources Legal Learn Center 724 873 individuals found legal information and resources on our legal help websites 9 596 individuals were able to apply for free or reduced legal help online 962 individuals were assisted through the Modest Means Project 991 individuals had their online legal question answered by an attorney 13 324 called the legal help 800 line for legal assistance referral Law Related Education 125 educators including School Resource Officers received training to teach civics to Arizona students Over a million students nationwide participated in Kids Voting USA 49 806 Arizona students 155 611 learned from icivics org 994 students participated in either Mock Trial Project Citizen or We the People 5 620 times the AZ HS Citizen APP was downloaded Statewide Volunteer Initiatives 14 088 DV victims were given legal assistance through legal aid attorneys legal advocates and volunteer attorneys donating over 2 860 hours 152 families saved their homes from foreclosure 636 First Responders or their spouses had their Wills prepared with volunteer attorneys donating over 1 854 hours 5
Mission Promoting Access to Justice for All Arizonans.  2016 Highlights    Supporting Arizona Arizona legal service agenci...
Impact of Legal Aid Arizona Counties Apache 2016 Economic Impact for Clients 683 544 Cochise 309 573 Coconino 628 332 Gila 14 050 Maricopa 6 239 760 Mohave 1 464 948 Navajo 212 701 Pima 1 760 398 Pinal 98 041 Santa Cruz 214 135 Yavapai 965 343 Yuma 271 627 Statewide 12 862 450 During 2016 the three federally funded Arizona legal aid agencies Community Legal Services DNA People s Legal Services and Southern Arizona Legal Aid tracked the dollar impact their legal help made for each of their clients The chart documents by county the money legal aid clients were able to keep or obtained because of the legal assistance they were able to receive Legal aid assists in Arizonans receiving what is rightfully theirs and protects them from losing what they should have under the law Whether it is obtaining child support challenging a debt refinancing a home recovering a deposit stopping a garnishment receiving their back wages getting pension or other benefits owed or one of the many other difficulties that Arizonans struggle with while trying to make a living legal aid helps assure justice is provided When these Arizonans receive the monetary benefit our Arizona communities realize the economic impact Legal Aid helps Arizona clients keep or obtain over 12 million 6 Arizona clients now have more funds Arizonans now purchase goods and services in their local communities Arizona communities realize the economic impact of legal aid
Impact of Legal Aid Arizona Counties Apache  2016 Economic Impact for Clients   683,544  Cochise     309,573  Coconino    ...
Impact of Web Based Education Programs KidsVotingUSA org Over 1 million kids voted 141 219 sessions 123 921 Users 349 140 Pageviews Arizona Ranked 5 with 7 090 Sessions http kidsvotingusa org LawForKids org 180 150 Sessions 152 922 Users 359 040 Pageviews Arizona Ranked 1 with 66 023 Sessions http lawforkids org iCivics Arizona Arizona Ranked 1 with avg session time of 7 36 Arizona Ranked 14 with 155 611 users Arizona Ranked 15 with 290 864 Sessions http icivics org 7
Impact of Web Based Education Programs KidsVotingUSA.org      Over 1 million kids voted     141,219 sessions     123,921 U...
Foundation Awards go to azflse org award for more John J Ross Award Excellence in Law Related Education Officer Nathan Goetz has been working as the School Resource Officer for two years and has more than 400 hours of student teacher and parent contact hours in Law Related Education His nomination states Officer Goetz is one more of the teachers in the school He is seen as the teacher that helps students and adults to prevent situations that may cause us to Officer Nathan Goetz Santa Maria Middle School get in trouble with the law Officer Goetz has reached out to partners in the community to include them as guest speakers for his LRE classes The partners include CVS pharmacy dangers of prescription drug abuse Tumbleweed safe haven and Touchstone behavior Shape lesson plan He also brings in other officers from the Youth Alcohol Squad K 9 and Community Action Officers for car seat installations Ms Brenda Lee has participated over the past 12 years in LRE Academies LRE Conferences the mock trial program the teen court program and took over for the We the People teacher this past year as he was out for medical reasons and couldn t finish preparing the students for the regional competition Not only did she help with the class but she helped the events coordinator plan the regional competition at her school She believes in law related education and the impact it has on students so much that when she moved from Phoenix to Prescott she made sure to implement the programs in her new school 8 Brenda Lee Prescott High School
Foundation Awards  go to azflse.org award for more   John J. Ross Award     Excellence in Law Related Education Officer Na...
John J Ross Award continued Ms Janice Koenig a teacher at Dysart High School in Phoenix not only participates each year with her students in the mock trial program but also runs the Teen Court program She has worked tirelessly over the past 12 years to build both programs at her school despite the economic challenges in her district She strives to keep up with current professional development options with both mock trial and teen court so has attended various LRE academies over the years Janice Koenig Dysart High School Erika Sparlin has been an enthusiastic participant of the Foundation s LRE Programs since 2013 Erika first began utilizing the iCivics Arizona Program with her students in 2013 and has continued to participate each year She has been instrumental in moving the program forward by providing valuable feedback based on her implementation Each year she encourages civic education in a manner that allows the students to have fun while learning Erika seeks news ways to educate her youth by receiving professional development to enhance her content knowledge LRE Officer of the Year Officer Fernando Gomez Chandler Police Aprende Middle School San Tan Junior High Officer Gomez has spent the last six years as a School Resource Officer going above and beyond He has taught over 271 hours only 180 are required creating a positive impact among the students teachers parents and staff He has been one of the leaders in organizing the Chandler Police Department Wilderness Trip Experience for junior high kids This week long program teaches kids to understand nature constructive interaction and good character Gomez has developed or been involved in several other programs to get students engaged including 3 on 3 basketball tournament Chandler Police Youth Academy and Cyber Safety classes He is a great asset to his department school and community 9
John J. Ross Award continued Ms. Janice Koenig, a teacher at Dysart High School in Phoenix, not only participates each yea...
Mark Santana Law Related Education Award Hon Stephen McNamee has given his time expertise and support to the Arizona High School Mock Trial program for numerous years over 17 He has been a judge in the regional and state tournaments secured the use of the Sandra Day O Connor Courthouse for the competitions and helps fund the state awardees to go to the national competition Judge McNamee continues his mentoring of high school mock trialers long after the competition ends several students have served as interns in his chambers while in law school and have said how much they valued both the experience and the career advice that he has provided These and many more contributions have given countless Arizona students the chance to learn the law and the courtroom experience The Arizona program would not be as successful without the help of Judge McNamee Foundation for Justice Award Judge Gerald Strick was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court bench in the summer of 1971 Within a very short time Judge Strick had gained a reputation as one of the wisest and most soughtafter judges in the County Judge Strick developed a reputation for fairness promptness and knowledge in all of those areas During his tenure Judge Strick helped to introduce a system less concerned with punishment and warehousing and much more concerned with saving juveniles from a criminal life from a system treating dependent children more like criminals and from an administrative system more concerned with rules and regulations than with the best interests of children Throughout his time at the Juvenile Court Judge Strick accomplished those goals while gaining and retaining the respect of prosecutors defenders probation officers and others working within the system 10
Mark Santana Law Related Education Award Hon. Stephen McNamee has given his time, expertise and support to the Arizona Hig...
William E Morris Pro Bono Services Award Denice Shepherd s practice does not lend itself to high profile cases You will not read about her in the newspaper or see her on television But she has quietly built a career helping those most in need Denice joined the Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyer Program in 1996 Over the course of the last twenty years Denice has assisted children and families with minor guardianships wills powers of attorney healthcare powers of attorney and small probate matters In addition to providing direct representation to clients Denice frequently participates in the VLP s Minor Guardianship Clinic where she supervises law students as they meet with unrepresented clients at their guardianship hearings in Probate Court Denice s volunteer work goes beyond the VLP to working on the Reid Park Zoological Society Board and being active in Arizona Women s Lawyer Association Walter E Craig Distinguished Services Award Over 40 years ago Peter Cahill was serving on the front lines of the War on Poverty in rural Arizona first as a VISTA volunteer and then staff attorney with the Pinal and Gila County Legal Society He treated his clients with compassion and respect as he provided representation to hundreds of low income residents Peter s contributions continued when he transitioned from legal aid to private practice in the Globe Miami area He not only provided pro bono representation to numerous individuals but also took a leadership role in the statewide effort to increase overall access to legal services by his role first as board member and ultimately as President of the Arizona Bar Foundation Peter later helped create and joined the board of the Arizona Justice Institute now the William E Morris Institute for Justice Peter s entire legal career has been characterized by his devotion to community service and assistance for those in need 11
William E. Morris Pro Bono Services Award Denice Shepherd s practice does not lend itself to high profile cases. You will ...
George Lyons Partnering Bank Award Alliance Bank of Arizona has gone above and beyond this year in supporting not only its community but access to justice efforts across the state The bank works with Support of Schools to promote civic responsibility supports Friendly House and their immigration program and is a sponsor of AzLawHelp org Alliance has also contributed to over 300 nonprofits assisted in teaching financial literacy at Junior Achievement and encourage employee volunteering Lyons Den Bankers Trust MidFirst Bank Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys of 2016 12 National Bank of Arizona
George Lyons Partnering Bank Award Alliance Bank of Arizona has gone above and beyond this year in supporting not only its...
Leadership 2016 When Work Works Sloan Award Honoring Companies that Excel at Creating Effective Workplaces For the eighth year in a row the Society for Human Resource Management has awarded the Arizona Bar Foundation this prestigious national recognition Excellence in Civic Engagement Program Recognition The Arizona Department of Education presented the Arizona Bar Foundation with a Certificate of Recognition for assistance with the development and continual support for their Excellence in Civic Education program Inspired Youth Leadership Governors Award for the Arizona Teen Court Association an initiative of the Arizona Bar Foundation 13
Leadership 2016 When Work Works Sloan Award     Honoring Companies that Excel at Creating Effective Workplaces  For the ei...
2016 Foundation Financial Information Even with the IOLTA remaining at historic low rates the Foundation has been able to garner grant and donation funding to offer over 2 million in direct support to the community and program services reaching hundreds of thousands of Arizonans For further financial info visit azflse org Major Supporting Entities Arizona Attorney General s Office Arizona Department of Education Arizona Department of Economic Security Arizona Supreme Court Bank of America Settlement Funds the Center for Civic Education and the State Bar of Arizona The above figures do not include the 2016 In Kind Contributions and Services donated to the Foundation in the amount of 314 299 14
2016 Foundation Financial Information Even with the IOLTA remaining at historic low rates, the Foundation has been able to...
Looking Forward Already new projects are emerging for 2017 Here s what s coming soon Camp O Connor The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services Education are partnering with the O Connor Institute to host a FREE week long Camp this summer Camp O Connor will focus on civics and citizenship providing fun civics based activities We have incredible scholars educators and law school students who will be working with 48 youth on ASU s beautiful campus downtown This year is the inaugural launch and we are excited for the event Automated Legal Learn Phone System To ensure that those seeking legal resources can access them any time even without the internet the Foundation is launching an automated phone line guided interview that assists in the pre qualification process for free and reduced legal fee services By answering a few simple questions eligibility is determined and callers who are above income or otherwise don t qualify for free reduced legal aid are automatically connected to the local and state bar association referral programs of their choice Those that do qualify for free reduced legal aid are provided the information for the legal aid program s in their service area or are guided to the Modest Means attorney list for their legal need Legal Legacy An online portal featuring audio and text from legends of Arizona s legal yesteryear but with today s technology we are adding to the collection with videos in addition to audio But we need your recordings to make it work Arizona needs to hear your story The justice system is a foundation of our democracy We need you to help ensure your story your work your legacy is recorded to guide Arizona to a strong future Carrying out these projects and more are the Foundation Staff 15
Looking Forward Already new projects are emerging for 2017. Here   s what   s coming soon  Camp O    Connor  The Arizona F...
Help Support Access to Justice Our work would not be possible without the support of the justice community Your gift of time and funding help ensure justice is met in the courtroom and the classroom A Gift of Justice Your donation goes directly to support the programs that you have read about in our report and many more You can designate your donation or give general support Your gift will assist in ensuring our programs continue to have an impact in many Arizonan s lives Volunteer and Help Make a Difference Your expertise in the court room classroom and office are invaluable to the Foundation To volunteer with the Foundation click here or contact Susan Nusall azflse org 16
Help Support Access to Justice Our work would not be possible without the support of the justice community. Your gift of t...
Next Generation Founding Fellows 2016 marked the completion of our 275 Next Generation Founding Fellows Thank you to all who made it possible 17
Next Generation Founding Fellows 2016 marked the completion of our 275 Next Generation Founding Fellows  Thank you to all ...
Thank You to All of Our Donors Thank you to all of our 2016 donors For a complete list of our Fellows both past and present visit www azflse org and sele 18
Thank You to All of Our Donors Thank you to all of our 2016 donors. For a complete list of our Fellows, both past and pres...
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ct Fellows ANNUAL REPORT 2016 Connect With Us 602 340 7366 info azflse org 20 Award Winner Peter Cahill and Access to Justice Commission Chair Hon Lawrence Winthrop
ct Fellows   ANNUAL REPORT  2016 Connect With Us    602  340-7366  info azflse.org 20 Award Winner Peter Cahill and Access...