Serving Arizona Since 1952

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.”

Executive Staff

Sharon Sergent

Executive Director

Pamela Bridge

Director of Litigation and Advocacy

Roni Tropper

Director of
Volunteer Lawyers Program

Sarah Youngman

Director of Development and Communications

Leesa Bowman

Finance Director

Lilly Paniagua

Human Resources Administrator

Board of Directors

Officers and Executive Committee Members


Yvette B. Kinsey, Esq.
Arizona Corporation Commission
Phoenix, Arizona

Vice President

K Royal, PhD
Outschool, Inc. Tempe, AZ


Fred Breedlove, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer, LLP
Phoenix, AZ


Gerald P. Richard II, Esq.
Law Office of Gerald P. Richard III, P.L.L.C
Phoenix, Arizona

Immediate Past President

Jennifer Holsman Tetreault, Esq.
TPI Composites, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona

At Large Executive Committee

Angela M. Napper, Esq.
Attorney P.C.
Prescott, Arizona

Max H. Covil, Esq.
Arizona Department of Transportation
Phoenix, Arizona

Vanessa Morales
Client Board Representative Tolleson, AZ

Diana S. Solorio
Client Board Representative Phoenix, AZ


Annette Cox Sandoval, Esq.

Cox Sandoval Law, PLLC

Chandler, AZ

Joshua Tesoriero, Esq.
Yuma County Public Defender’s Office Yuma, AZ
Cary L. Lackey, Esq.
Deputy Public Advocate Mesa, AZ

Flor Villavicencio
Client Board Representative
Prescott, AZ

Lauren A. Bostick, Esq.
Rachel, Frazier, Johnson
Law Firm
Phoenix, AZ

Barbara Sullivan
Client Board Representative
Mesa, AZ

LaVonna Lick
Client Board Representative
Phoenix, AZ

Christine Baird
Client Board Representative
Phoenix, AZ

Timothy J. Myers, Esq.
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Melinda Williams
Client Board Representative
Phoenix, AZ

Lisa Bivens, Esq.
Phoenix, AZ

Thomas P. Thurston
Client Board Representative
Phoenix, AZ

In the News

:: USA Today | Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic

“Families are being devastated by illegal evictions in Arizona. It’s a nightmare for too many,” said Pamela Bridge, director of advocacy and litigation at the Arizona nonprofit Community Legal Services.

“These are evictions that shouldn’t be happening. The CARES Act is clear that evictions for not paying rent shouldn’t have happened.”


 :: KJZZ | Arizona Eviction Moratorium Expires Oct. 31, But Tenants May Qualify For CDC Eviction Protection

“Even with the CDC order in place, Pam Bridge, director of litigation and advocacy with Community Legal Services, expects to see more evictions in Arizona with the expiration of the state order.”


:: Arizona Republic | Millions more in renter aid announced as Arizona eviction ban ends; federal protection still available

” ‘The additional rental aid could help the state’s thousands of renters struggling to keep their homes, but many now also need to fill out additional forms to qualify for the federal eviction moratorium,” said Pamela Bridge, Community Legal Services director of litigation and advocacy.”


:: ABC 15 | New order gives landlords more power when it comes to evictions

“If you’re a renter having financial trouble trying to stay in your home, it may have just gotten harder.

” ‘The rules have changed again for everyone,’ says attorney Pam Bridge with non-profit Community Legal Services.”


:: Arizona Republic | Landlord challenge to Arizona eviction moratorium denied by state Supreme Court

“The Supreme Court’s decision ‘is important for tenants who don’t qualify for the CDC Order,’ said Pamela Bridge, director of advocacy and litigation at the Arizona nonprofit Community Legal Services. ‘They (those renters) can remain in their homes if they qualify for the governor’s order through the end of October.’ ”

Our Finances

Community Legal Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID 86-0166615.

Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization #20534.

CLS Annual Report


IRS Form 990



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