Crime, Legal Related

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • http://www.azflse.org

Mission Statement

The State Bar of Arizona created the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as a separate 501(c) 3 organization in 1978, charging it with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. The Foundation strives to fulfill this mission by preparing Arizona youth for civic responsibility and providing access to justice for Arizonan's most in need. Through the provision of technical and financial assistance to probation & resource officers, teachers & administrators, private attorneys & judges, and legal service attorneys & advocates, the Foundation works to level the playing field, so that all in Arizona have knowledge and access to the justice systems.

Main Programs

  1. Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project
  2. Law Related Education (LRE) Academy
  3. LawforKids.org
  4. Project Citizen
  5. Wills For Heroes Arizona
  6. LawforVeterans.org
  7. LawforSeniors.org
  8. Modest Means/Call Center
  9. Azlawhelp.org
  10. Mock Trial
  11. We the People
  12. Kids Voting
Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Throughout the state of Arizona

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Dr. Kevin Ruegg

Keywords

Self-reported

Law Related Education, Civic Education, Legal Services, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Attorneys, Bar

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EIN

95-3351710

 Number

6194670980

Physical Address

4201 N. 24th Street Suite 210

Phoenix, AZ 85016 6295

Also Known As

Arizona Bar Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Legal Services (I80)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project

The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education administers and coordinates the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (ADVLAP), which provides free legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families through legal service programs and domestic violence programs across Arizona.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,500,000.00

Program 2

Law Related Education (LRE) Academy

The teaching of rules, laws and the legal system that actively involves students to prepare them for responsible citizenshiresponsibilities and the role of the citizen and requires students to practice the application of law in potential real-life situations.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$198,617.00

Program 3

LawforKids.org

LawForKids.org is America's first stand alone web site dedicated to teaching   children about the law in a manner that kids can read quickly and understand  easily.  The site was created by the     Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education with the specific goal of     educating Arizona's youth, their
 

 

 parents, communities and schools to increase their knowledge about youth laws and to    encourage law-abiding behavior.  LawForKids.org is made
 

 

possible through funding from the
 

 

Arizona Supreme Court.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$75,561.00

Program 4

Project Citizen

Project Citizen is a portfolio-based civic education program for grades 5-12. It helps teachers and students understand public policy and use this information to create change in their community thereby empowering them and their teachers. Click here to read Project Citizen historical information, advisory committee members, supporting organizations and past state champions.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Wills For Heroes Arizona

Wills for Heroes (WFH) provides essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first
 

 

responders plan now, they ensure their family’s legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 6

LawforVeterans.org

Not available

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 7

LawforSeniors.org

Not available

Category

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 8

Modest Means/Call Center

Not available

Category

Legal Services

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 9

Azlawhelp.org

Not available

Category

Legal Services

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 10

Mock Trial

Not available

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 11

We the People

Not available

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 12

Kids Voting

Not available

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Arizona

Throughout the state of Arizona

Funding Needs

Annual Awards' Luncheon(http://www.azflse.org/azflse/competition_awards/awards/)     1.      Annual Luncheon honoring Foundation attorney awardees; in conjunction with State Bar Convention      Connecting With Classrooms(http://www.lawforkids.org/Connecting-with-Classrooms)       1.      Attorneys and Judges visit classrooms (7th, 8th, 11th, & 12th grades) to teach interactive lessons on the Arizona ConstitutioBottom of Formn     I-Civic-It(http://www.lawforkids.org/News/i-civic-it)     1.      Junior High Schools across Arizona encourage their students to learn from Justice O’Connor’s civic education website - www.icivics.org      Kids Voting Arizona(http://www.kidsvotingaz.org/)     1.       “I Voted” Stickers     2.      Voting supplies for classrooms - ballots, posters, voting box - $30 per classroom      Project Citizen(http://www.azflse.org/pcitizen/)     1.      A one day event, at multiple locations across Arizona, where over 100 community members judge 5th – 9th graders public policy presentations and portfolios -     2.      Set of Project Citizen textbooks - $295 per classroom      Top Pro Bono Attorney Reception(http://www.azflse.org/azflse/competition_awards/awards/topprobonoattorneys.cfm)     1.      Reception to honor Arizona’s top 50 pro bono attorneys and their law firms for providing free legal services throughout the year -      Wills for Heroes(http://az.willsforheroes.org/)     1.      Annual Reception to honor the over 100 Will for Heroes attorney volunteers -     2.  Multiple daily events throughout the year – attorneys offer free wills and estate planning services to first responders.

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Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Kevin Ruegg

BIO

Kevin Ruegg, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education's first Executive Director joined the Foundation on March 22, 2004. Kevin Ruegg brings more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit agencies focused on empowerment and advocacy. Her most recent work was with Family Housing Advisory Services, a Nebraska/Iowa nonprofit housing agency, where she served as Executive Director. She also has worked with domestic violence programs and community reintegration for wayward teenage girls. Her educational background includes a BA in Business from Kansas Newman with a minor in Theology, and a Masters in Human Resource Development from Webster University and a doctoral degree in Management from Walden University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tom Giallanza

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