Legal Services Grant Program
The Foundation desires to acknowledge and assist, as resources are available, those entities who are performing services furthering the mission of ‘access to justice for all Arizonans.’ Through IOLTA dollars, donations, and grants the Foundation is able to fund legal services in a variety of ways. Whether it be grants to agencies or loan repayment programs for legal aid attorneys, financial support from the Foundation helps support programs providing legal assistance to low income Arizonans.
Supporting Legal Services
"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 (Arizona Bar Foundation) was formed in 1978 to promote access to justice for all Arizonans. In addition to supporting legal service organizations with funding, the Foundation coordinates statewide efforts to understand Arizonaâ€™s unmet legal needs, identify and obtain additional funding resources for legal service organizations, and create awareness about the importance of legal services.