What We Do

Community Legal Services (CLS) is dedicated to providing legal assistance, advice or representation; self-help materials and legal education so people can know their rights. We focus on helping survivors of domestic violence; assisting victims of consumer fraud and abuse; protecting tenants from unlawful/unfair practices by landlords; foreclosures; legal problems affecting agricultural workers, wage claims and other employment matters; and federal and state programs affecting peoples' health and economic stability.

We do not handle traffic tickets, criminal cases, child support, or personal injury and other cases in which an attorney may receive a fee.

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Who We Are

Community Legal Services is a non-profit Arizona law firm that strives to assure fairness in the justice system no matter how much money you have but provides direct services to individuals falling below 125% of the federal poverty level. We were incorporated in 1952 as a legal aid program organized to promote "equal access to justice for all."

Vision

Equal justice for all.

Mission

Community Legal Services is committed to eliminating poverty-based inequities in the civil justice system by providing high-quality legal advice, advocacy and assistance to low-income Arizonans.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Fairness for All
  • Equal Access to Justice
  • Results through Aggressive Advocacy and Leadership
  • Competence and Professionalism

Leadership

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Officers

  • PRESIDENT
  • Susan B. Trujillo, Esq.
  • Quarles & Brady L.L.P
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • VICE PRESIDENT
  • Michelle Roddy, Esq.
  • Artemis Law Firm, PLLC
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
  • Robert E. Pastor, Esq.
  • Montoya, Jimenez & Pastor, P.A.
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • SECRETARY
  • Carlene Higgins
  • Client Board Representative
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • TREASURER
  • Kenneth Moyer, Esq.
  • Law Offices of Kenneth E. Moyer, P.L.L.C.
  • Phoenix, Arizona

AT LARGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Liza E. Laguaña-Merrill
  • Client Board Representative
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Kenneth E. Moyer, Esq.
  • Law Office of Kenneth E. Moyer, P.L.L.C.
  • Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • William L. Emerson, Esq.
  • City of Phoenix
  • Phoenix, Arizona

MEMBERS

  • Anne Chapman, Esq.
  • Mitchell Stein Carey, P.C.
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Veronica Hernández
  • Client Board Representative
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Michael Kielsky, Esq.
  • Udall Shumway, P.L.C.
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jennifer Elias, Esq.
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • John Phillips, Esq.
  • Attorney P.C.
  • Prescott, Arizona
  • Claudia Sirrine
  • Client Board Representative
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Michael Breeze, Esq.
  • Yuma County Public Defender's Office
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Edward O. Burke
  • Burke Mediation
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Normando DeHalle
  • Client Board Representative
  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Diana Moll
  • Client Board Representative
  • Kingman, Arizona
  • Jami M. Cornish, Esq.
  • Law Office of Jami M. Cornish, P.L.L.C.
  • Tempe, Arizona
  • Molly Moffett, Esq.
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Kevin D. Quigley, Esq.
  • Quarles & Brady L.L.P.
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • John Ruot
  • Client Board Representative
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jennifer Holsman Tetreault, Esq.
  • US Foods
  • Phoenix, Arizona

CLS LEADERSHIP TEAM

  • Leesa Bowman, Finance Director
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pamela Bridge, Director of Advocacy
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Amanda Caldwell, Managing Attorney
  • Farmworker/Employment/Tax Unit and San Luis Office
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Martin Coleman, Managing Attorney
  • Yavapai County Office
  • Prescott, Arizona
  • Patricia Gerrich, Esq., Director
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nancy Guadagno, Resource Development Director
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Robyn James, Manager
  • Telephone Access Project (TAP) Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lillian Johnson, Executive Director
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jeff Katz, Managing Attorney
  • Housing Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dina Lesperance, Managing Attorney
  • Health & Economic Stability Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Patricia Madsen, Managing Attorney
  • Family Law Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jim Marshall, Managing Attorney
  • Yuma County Office
  • Yuma, Arizona
  • Lilly Paniagua, Human Resources Administrator
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sharon Sergent, Deputy Director
  • Administrative Unit
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sarah Youngblood, Managing Attorney
  • East Valley Office
  • Mesa, Arizona