AZBF Newsletter 2023 QTR 1

AZBF Newsletter 2023 QTR 1


VCJ Ann Timmer

Vice Chief Justice Ann Timmer was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2012 and prior to that was on the Arizona Court of Appeals for 12 years. 


She has been recognized as one of the "48 Most Intriguing Women" (2022), named "Woman of the Year" by the Arizona Capitol Times (2020), and Judicial Excellence Award by the Arizona Association of Defense Council among many other accolades. 


Vice Chief Justice Timmer is a strong supporter of legal services and law related education, giving her time and funds to help support the work of the Foundation and its partners.


Read More about Vice Chief Justice TImmer




Annual Report

Our 2022 annual report focuses on our partners, volunteers and how we leverage funding!


We thank all of you who made this work possible.




253 first responders had wills prepared by Wills for Heroes volunteers. had 198,195 unique visitors.


Nearly 71,000 students were impacted through Foundation law related education programs.


10,000 people were eligible for help from the Modest Means Project.


Read the report here


Mock Trial State


This past weekend 18 teams participated in Mock Trial State. Over 35 volunteers assisted by judging, timing and making the event run smoothly.


Congratulations to University High School for taking the top prize. They will go on to the national competition in May in Arkansas.


The other top teams and highlighted students are:


2nd Place: Veritas Preparatory Academy Team One


3rd Place: Veritas Preparatory Academy Team Two


4th Place: Arizona School for the Arts


Justice Ryan Special Award of Merit Winner: Aidan Goldberg

Volunteer Spotlight:

Hon. Todd Lang

Service and access to justice are key pillars in Judge Lang's life.  He started his Arizona legal career working at Community Legal Services as their Housing unit Managing Attorney.  He's worked for AG's office, the US Attorney's Office, headed Clean Elections and served as a clinical professor.  


While working as an attorney he was nominated year after year on Arizona's Top 50 pro bono list.  Now, as a judge, he continues to find ways he can serve his community - like recently judging the state Mock Trial Championship.


The Foundation and Arizona thank you for your continued service.


Read more about Judge Lang

‍Law Related Education:

Law Day


Foundation hosts a contest for students K-12 for Law Day each year.  Law Day, celebrated May 1st, celebrates the role of law in our society and its importance. 


This year's contest tackles civil discourse with each grade division's project answering the same question but in an age appropriate manner.


K-2 draw a person being kind in a disagreement; 3-5 draw a person being respectful in a disagrement with an explanation of why we should be respectful; 6-8 submit a video poster or digital image of 3 benefits of remaining civil in a disagreement; 9-12 submit a video, poster or digital image that shows 'how an increased understanding of the Constitution and its amendments help resolve differences."


Keep your eye on to see student entries!

Legal Info & Assistance:

Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (DVLAP)


DVLAP was formed to address the immediate and longer-term civil legal needs of victims of domestic violence and their families. As a statewide collaboration led by the Foundation, the DVLAP partners are civil legal aid organizations, volunteer lawyers, and lay legal advocates in domestic violence shelter. The Project provides legal help related to protective orders, family law, housing, employment, and consumer law matters.

5,418 victims received advice or direct representation from legal aid staff


6,271 victims received court accompaniment, safety planning or legal info from lay advocates

Volunteer Operators


1,256 hours donated by pro bono attorneys


Learn more about the Project

‍Legal Legacy Spotlight:

Alice Truman

Born in 1922 in Waggoner, Judge Truman moved to Tucson in 1953. She ran for Pima County Superior Court Judge in 1962, took office in 1963 and served for thirty years before retiring in 1993.


Judge Truman entered the field of law at a rather young age. She was one of the earliest women to seek actively a judicial office and had been an advocate all her life for more women in law. She was the first female judge in Pima County and the second in the State of Arizona.


Her honors and accomplishments include Woman of the Year award from the Tucson Business and Professional Women's Club, past President of the Arizona Judges Association, charter member of the National Association of Women Judges, and founding member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association. 


Listen to her story

‍Grantee Spotlight:

Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services

ALWAYS began in 2013 to assist youth who are facing physical violence, sexual assault and explotation, homelessness or family sepration. 


The non-profit provides no cost legal services to vulnerable children and youth and survivors of human trafficking.   


Working through referral from social service partners, ALWAYS helps clients lift the legal barriers that stand in the way of opportunity, stability and self-sufficiency. 


 ALWAYS serves you seeking employment, education or housing, survivors of sex or labor trafficking, those in flight from abusive relationships and youth eligiblefor legal immigration status. 



Support Az Legal Women & Youth Services

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