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

Lillian O. Johnson

Executive Director

Pamela Bridge

Director of Litigation and Advocacy

Patricia Gerrich

Director of
Volunteer Lawyers Program

Sarah Youngman

Director of Development and Communications

Lilly Paniagua

Human Resources Administrator

Board of Directors

Officers and Executive Committee Members

Board President

Jennifer Holsman Tetreault, Esq.
U.S. Foods
Phoenix, Arizona

Vice President

Michael Kielsky, Esq.
Udall Shumway PLC
Mesa, Arizona


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


Gary M. Restaino, Esq.
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Phoenix, Arizona

At Large Members

William L. Emerson, Esq.
City of Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Diana S. Solorio
Phoenix, Arizona

Kiasha J. Hendrix
Laveen, Arizona


Raymond Hanna, Esq.
Yuma County Public Defender’s Office
Yuma, Arizona

Angela M. Napper, Esq.
Walker & Walker Estate Attorneys
Prescott, Arizona

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

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

Scottsdale, Arizona 

Annette Cox Sandoval Esq.
Chandler, Arizona

Jennifer Elias, Esq.
Phoenix, Arizona 

Brent Smith
Tempe, Arizona

Christine Baird
Phoenix, Arizona 

Kenneth Moyer, Esq.
Law Office of Kenneth E. Moyer
Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Liza E. Laguaña-Merrill
Laveen, Arizona

Press Release


Arizona Tenants Must Pay Their May 2020 Rent

Community Legal Services is encouraging all residential tenants in Arizona to pay rent on time in May 2020.  While New York City and other areas in the country are planning rent strikes May 1, tenants are still required topay rent in Arizona. Despite the Governor’s Order 2020-14 and the CARES Act, tenants still have an obligation to pay rent.  opens in a new window >> READ MORE

In the News

Arizona Republic

Ducey delays evictions for renters hurt by coronavirus

“The Governor’s order not only protects tenants but all Arizonans,” said Pamela Bridge, director of Advocacy and Litigation at Community Legal Services. “Losing a home is catastrophic at any time, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing families out of their homes in search of other housing endangers the public health of all Arizonans.” opens in a new window. . . Continue Reading >>

Coronavirus Outbreak Pushes Local Governments to Freeze Home Evictions

In Maricopa County, Arizona, where there were more than 43,000 eviction judgments in 2018, the court system has given the county’s 26 justices of the peace the choice of continuing to hear eviction arguments or to postponing them.

“You may not be able to pay rent and your neighbor may not be able to pay rent. But your neighbor may have a different judge. And your judge says you’re getting evicted this week,” said Pamela Bridge, director of litigation and advocacy at Community Legal Services in Phoenix.  opens in a new window. . . Continue Reading >>

Arizona Republic

An eviction reprieve in Phoenix area could depend on the judge

In Arizona, because of our short (eviction) timelines, aid to individuals is not coming quickly enough,” said Pamela Bridge, director of Advocacy and Litigation at Community Legal Services. “We had an eviction crisis before COVID-19.” opens in a new window. . . Continue Reading >>

News Release

Farmworkers Awarded $2.2 Million Settlement and Triumph Over Exploitive Employer

Salinas, CA. Thousands of H-2A farmworkers working under California and Arizona contracts will finally receive  opens in a new window. . . Continue Reading >>

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 - 2016



2019 Seal of Transparency

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