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Arizona Legal Center

The Arizona Legal Center is a community legal resource located in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. The ALC provides free legal consults to individuals and organizations in all subject matter areas, and support to legal practitioners. The ALC relies on a large network of volunteer attorneys, law firms, and ASU law students. The ALC is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

 

Court Navigator

Providing Access to Court Services (“PACS”) is the AmeriCorps program for the Law Library Resource Center of the Superior Court for Maricopa County. PACS members annually assist 100,000+ persons who have cases in the Court’s family, civil, criminal, probate and juvenile departments. They provide triage and basic forms assistance, courthouse information and navigation, and courthouse escorts. PACS members assist customers with protective order matters and help facilitate family law workshops. They also teach life skills workshops to probationers in Drug Court, and assist customers with locating community resources. The 70 college students serving in PACS attend ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Note:  Donations in support of the Innovative Projects of the Courts and the State Bar will be accepted an utilized in accordance with the ethical guidelines. 

Find A Lawyer

State Bar of Arizona utilizing technology matches the public in need of legal services with a lawyer willing to provide the service. The public can request pro bono, lower pricing, or full pricing services and interested lawyers will email them asking to be considered.

Note:  Donations in support of the Innovative Projects of the Courts and the State Bar will be accepted an utilized in accordance with the ethical guidelines. 

Innovation for Justice

Innovation for Justice is an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law that exposes students to the justice gap, engages students in thinking critically about the power of technology and innovation to close that gap, and empowers students to be disruptive problem-solvers in the changing world of legal services. Students work across disciplines and with government, private and community partners, implementing design- and systems- thinking to create new models of legal empowerment.  This year, Innovation for Justice students tackled the problem of eviction, creating: a web-based tool that assists tenants in writing letters to landlords; a tenant education program; eviction advocacy posters; re-designed eviction forms; and eviction process infographics.  Innovation for Justice students also designed and prototyped a new tier of civil legal service provider for domestic violence cases, in partnership with Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and under the leadership of State Bar President Jeffrey Willis.  Over 150 individuals and organizations have participated in Innovation for Justice projects this year, making the program a powerful vehicle for community-engaged social change.

Court Technology

Courts are embracing technology to advance access to justice in many ways. For example: online dispute resolution in multiple courts; Camp Verde Municipal utilizes a cell phone program that allows litigants to share digital exhibits with the court and notifies them of important dates. Coconino, Maricopa, and Yuma Law Libraries currently offer virtual and in-person legal clinics in a variety of areas.  Law Librarians in Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, and Yavapai operate a Live Chat feature, assisting individuals for an average of 117 hours a year. 

Note:  Donations in support of the Innovative Projects of the Courts and the State Bar will be accepted an utilized in accordance with the ethical guidelines. 

Step Up to Justice

Step Up to Justice (SU2J) is a full-service free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families.  A public service by private citizens, SU2J harnesses the energy of volunteer attorneys and channels that resource to members of the community who need but cannot afford legal services.  SU2J relies on innovation in technology to bring legal services to clients where and when they need them. By targeting funds at the infrastructure necessary to connect clients in need with volunteers ready to help, SU2J reaches clients, recruits volunteers, builds partnerships, and provides free civil legal services efficiently and at a low cost.  In just two short years, SU2J’s 184 volunteer attorneys have assisted 2,307 clients, driving 2.4 million dollars in free legal services into the community.

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