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YOUR DOLLARS HELP TO EXPAND SERVICES TO THOSE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE NO ACCESS TO EQUAL JUSTICE

In 2009 - Thanks to the support of National, State, Local organizations like the Legal Services Corporation, the State of Arizona, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, Pima County, United Way, Pima Council On Aging, and private individuals like you, SALA was able to provide direct legal assistance to meet the fundamental human needs of more than 24,500 individuals. Services included: safety and protection for children and women who are victimized by domestic violence; preservation of shelter for those wrongfully evicted from their homes; access to food stamps for people who are hungry and unable to obtain services; access to long-term health care for those denied services; and a means to survive for disabled persons who are unable to obtain benefits.

 

Cases and Matters handled in 2009:


Consumer: 1,534
Domestic: 4,299
Housing: 1,317
Public Benefits: 461
Native American Issues: 365
Wills/Estates: 160
Others: 966

 

 

 

Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP):


1,281 Volunteer Lawyers assisted by 181 Volunteer Students accepted new cases for 3,083 Clients


Completed 2,192 Cases benefiting over 5,900 persons

 

5,495 hours of free legal services valued at $1,099,000 were donated

 

 

 

Outcomes:


85% of those assisted received Counsel, Advice or Limited Action Services such as help in a pro se clinic, counsel concerning legal rights and responsibilities or preparation of court or other legal documents;

 

15% were assisted with Extended Services such as negotiated and reached agreement on more complex legal matters, representation in Administrative Hearings or Court Proceedings;

 
SALA raised community awareness of legal rights and options by teaching prevention and self-help methods, making presentations and distributing brochures and self-help materials to over 7,300 individuals;

 

The Arizona Statewide Website, www.AzLawHelp.org received more than 1,529,300 page views from individuals seeking legal information

 
SALA, through its VLP, conducted a variety of self help workshops; i.e., divorce with/without children, paternity, bankruptcy and advice only on consumer issues assisting more than 2,200 individuals


Total dollars obtained/saved for client use within the community as a result of services provided by SALA:  $874,956

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