From the Desk of Kevin Ruegg, CEO

We want to be certain that you were aware of the Arizona Bar Foundation’s efforts to assist during this national pandemic crisis.

How You Can Help

1. Send Congratulations to Regional Mock Trial & State We the People Winning Schools

Mock Trial Regional Winners who would have advanced to State Finals:

Arizona School for the Arts Team 1, Phoenix, teacher- Richard Livoni, livoni@goasa.org

BASIS Ahwatukee Team 1, Ahwatukee, teacher- Dyson Ellis, dyson.ellis@basised.com

BASIS Oro Valley Teams 1 and 3, Oro Valley,  teacher – Marguerite Ellis, marguerite.ellis@basised.com

Brophy College Preparatory Team 2, Phoenix, teacher- Monica Castaneda, mcastaneda@brophyprep.org

Desert Vista High School, Tempe, teacher- Eric Sorenson, esorenson@tuhsd.k12.az.us

Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu, teacher-Angela James, angelajames@wbmlaw.com

Prescott High School Teams 1 and 2, Prescott, teacher- Brenda Lee, Brenda.lee@prescottschools.com

South Mountain High School, Phoenix, teacher- Matt Smith, msmith1@phoenixunion.org

Tanque Verde High School Teams 1 and 2, Tucson, teacher- Jeremy Samoy, jsamoy@tanq.org

University High School Team, Tucson, teacher- Alex McCane, Alexander.mccane@tusd1.org

Veritas Preparatory Academy Team, Tucson, teacher- Bill Gates,  billga@ping.com

Xavier College Preparatory Team, Phoenix, teacher- Dani Richter, rrichter@xcp.org

We the People 1st and 2nd State Winners who had advanced to National Finals:

1st place, Mesa Mountain View High School (they will be participating in the Virtual National finals), Mesa, Teacher- Nancie Lindblom, nllindblom@mpsaz.org

2nd place, Corona del Sol High School (they are not able to participate in the Virtual National finals), Tempe, Teacher – Alison Rund, arund@tuhsd.k12.az.us

2. Vote for Project Citizen Portfolios and encourage others to vote (Kids and Adults!)

lawforkids.org/pc-portfolios - Voting is now LIVE! Students in grades 5th-12th worked hard on researching issues in their community and developing alternative public policy. Classes submitted their portfolios before the schools closed and the students want your feedback on their proposed solutions and work. By voting for your favorite, the class with the most popular portfolio will receive $250. Please join in the voting!

3. Judge Project Citizen Portfolios
Register to be an official judge of the Project Citizen portfolios at lawforkids.org/portfolio-judge

4. Encourage Law Day Participation

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Arizona K-12 students have an opportunity to learn about this important amendment AND win an Ipad! This is a fun activity that can be completed from home. Parents can print the worksheet, give to their child to complete, take a picture of it and upload on https://LawforKids.org . All entries will be posted for popular vote. Please encourage youth to learn about this amendment by visiting- lawforkids.org/law-day-contest. Deadline to submit is April 10, 2020.

5. Answer Legal Questions from the Public

Law Help Websites: As mentioned above, the Foundation’s law help websites offer an opportunity for the public to ask general legal questions. No legal advice is provided in the answers and the responding attorney’s answer is provided anonymously and posted on the law help website. It’s easy to get started and volunteers can answer general questions from home! To sign up – send an email to answerquestions@azflse.org and let us know which area of law you’d like to answer questions.  

ABA’s Free Legal Answers: The Arizona Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Arizona partners with the American Bar association to facilitate Arizona’s Free Legal Answers service. Free Legal Answers allows low income Arizonans to submit 3 questions into the website to be selected and answered directly by registered attorneys. Legal advice may be provided and the Arizona Bar Foundation malpractice insurance for your pro bono service. To learn more and sign up visit: https://az.freelegalanswers.org/

6. Give a Tax Credit Donation to Arizona’s Legal Aid Programs

 Arizonans still have until April 15th to give qualifying Charitable Tax credit agencies. You can make a donation at our CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT page.

7. Thank Governor Ducey for his effort to stay evictions for those impacted by COVID-19

This order will assist in stabilizing Arizonans and helping the economy recover more rapidly. You can send a note of thanks through the Governor’s website contact page.

8.Thank Mark Brnovich, AZ Attorney General, for his effort to encourage staying foreclosures and car repossessions

Arizona Attorney General Bronivich has been urging banks to work with Arizonans impacted by COVID-19. You can send a note of thanks through the Attorney General’s office contact page.

9. Share our civic activities with other parents
Have friends and colleagues struggling to homeschool or entertain their kids?  Have them visit www.lawforkids.org for games and activities.

10. Stay Well!
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