Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. (SALA) is a non-profit organization in existence since 1951.

SALA, with staff in six (6) offices located in southern and southeastern Arizona, provides free, civil legal aid to qualified low-income persons who would not otherwise have equal access to the justice system. 

In addition to staff, SALA has a Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) which is co-sponsored by Local Bar Associations.  The VLP refers clients from throughout SALA's nine (9) county service area to volunteer attorneys for direct legal aid.  The VLP also provides assistance through self-help clinics and educational workshops staffed by volunteer attorneys and students. 

SALA's services include legal counseling and advice, brief services, outreach, referrals, pro se clinics, workshops and direct representation in administrative tribunals and/or courts. SALA decides the type of service to be provided to each client based upon need, available resources and Case Priorities.

SALA's clients, Board members and staff have identified our Case Priorities as follows:

 

Loss of Home/Unsafe Housing:
Cases involving loss of home due to foreclosure, eviction from subsidized or private housing, landlord/tenant problems, sub-standard housing conditions, lockouts and utility shut-offs.

 

 

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Domestic Relations:
Cases involving domestic violence, child abuse or child snatching, and cases involving elderly clients who face loss of housing or income. Limited services are available for other domestic cases involving divorce, paternity and custody.

 

 

Public Benefits:
Cases involving welfare programs such as Food Stamps, AHCCCS Medical Assistance, TANF Cash Assistance, Unemployment and Social Security disability benefits. Public benefits issues include denials, reductions and overpayment of benefits.

 

 

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Consumer Protection:
Cases involving deceptive and predatory lending practices, debt collection, auto repossessions, fraud, deficiencies, garnishments and bankruptcy.

 

Education:
Cases involving school expulsions, suspensions, bilingual and special education.

 

Tribal Court:

Representation in Tribal Court: Cases involving domestic relations, juvenile dependency, delinquency, criminal, housing, public benefits, consumer matters, and education.

 

 

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Immigration:
Services to certain undocumented persons who are victims of domestic violence or other crimes.  Services include representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR Immigration Court) and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

 

Community Education:
SALA's Community Education Program provides legal educational brochures, pamphlets, self-help workshops and seminars to community agency staff, clients and the community at-large. To schedule an informational or legal educational presentation for your group, please e-mail us at adm@sazlegalaid.org.

 


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