to Justice Access Advocates
IN THIS ISSUE:
In 2006, then-Governor Janet Napolitano
proclaimed April as Access to Justice Month. Each
year since then, the current governor proclaims this
fourth month of the year as a time to re-commit to
opening the doors to justice for all. This year, Arizona
will celebrate its 10th year for this proclamation.
But what does this mean? How does this help Arizona?
For legal aid, the Bar Foundation, and all of those for whom equal
justice is an issue close to their heart, April’s recognition is an opportunity
to highlight the need—and the amazing work that is being done. A 2012
study on the Social Return on Investment stated that for every $1 given
to civil legal aid, the State of Arizona sees more than a $6 return. If only
we could see this kind of return in our own investments!
Each year the Arizona Bar Foundation is honored to
recognize 50 attorneys, who, through the four Volunteer
Lawyer Programs and the Foundation, have gone above
and beyond in their pro bono work. These attorneys are
held up as stellar examples of serving Arizona’s legal needs.
In their own words, our Volunteer Programs from
Community Legal Services, DNA–People’s Legal Services,
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and
Southern Arizona Legal Aid have highlighted a few of our
award winners and the amazing cases they have taken.
We hope you will be so inspired that you will join
their ranks in future years. This month, help
us sing their praises.
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