Legal Services Grant Program
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education provides access to justice in Arizona through these programs:
"Arizona's incredible growth has created an environment where the need for legal services is growing at a pace that can't be met with current available legal aid sources. The fact that IOLTA funding has declined steadily over the last decade, while the need has increased, makes it critical that lawyers rally to support the Foundation in order not only to maintain, but also expand services to those in need. The community needs to see that lawyers are committed to ensuring that everyone has access to justice."
Frank X. Gordon, Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice
Why Support Legal Services for Those in Need?
In Arizona, nearly 14% of our citizens and over 23% of children live in poverty. Many more of our working families live at, or just above, the poverty level. These are the people who are most vulnerable when legal emergencies occur. Whether facing eviction, emergency medical situations, domestic violence or unscrupulous predators who steal life savings from unwary seniors, legal assistance from well-trained professionals can be literally the difference between life and death. To ignore the unmet legal needs of our citizens leads to enormous human suffering and a loss of civility as a society.
What Role Does the Foundation Play in Providing Legal Services?
The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education was formed in 1980 and is now the state's largest funding source for legal service programs. In 2004, the Foundation will provide over $2 million in grants to 25 organizations throughout the state.