- The Arizona Modest Means Project
- Maricopa County Veterans Stand-Down
- Disabled American Veterans, Department of Arizona (DAV)
- Phoenix VA Hospital
- Phoenix Municipal Court, Veterans Court
- Maricopa County Superior Court, Veterans Court
- Veterans Airlift Command
- Night Stalker Association - The U.S. Army 160th
- Airborne Pathfinders’ Association
- Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF)
- Canyon State Aero Helicopter Flight Training
- American Bar Association
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- Arizona Pilots Association
- Wounded Warrior Project
- American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS)
- Debbie Lee Foundation
- Sky Kids - Arizona
The Arizona Modest Means Project
Position: Pro Bono Attorney practicing in Criminal Defense and Family Law
The purpose of the Arizona Modest Means Project is to provide low-cost legal assistance to people who cannot afford the expertise of attorneys at the standard rates, but who cannot qualify for free legal services due to income qualification or other restrictions. I have been volunteering as a Pro Bono Attorney through the State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, “Modest Means Project” for about the past five years. In that capacity, I offer Pro Bono Legal services to military Veterans in Criminal Defense cases ranging from DUI’s, Assaults, Drug Possession cases, Probation Violations, etc. I also practice and lend assistance to Veterans and other persons needing an attorney in Family Law cases dealing with Divorce, Child Custody Modifications, Child Support Modifications, and Child Protective Services (CPS) cases. In most of these cases, the former spouse pays top-dollar to some “junkyard dog” attorney who then Petitions the Court to modify the parenting time, child custody arrangements, and/or child support payments that have been in place and working well for years…simply because the ex-spouse knows that the other parent cannot afford to hire an attorney. Then I show up and take ‘em to school. Sometimes…it’s the little things in life.
Maricopa County Veterans Stand-Down
Position: Pro Bono Attorney practicing in Criminal Defense
I have been volunteering every year, for at least the past ten years, at the “Maricopa County Veterans Stand-Down,” supported by the Arizona Housing Coalition, and the Arizona Veteran’s Alliance. Arizona hosts one of the largest events of this kind in the country, serving military veterans and their families who are experiencing or who are at risk of homelessness. A shockingly sizeable amount of veterans are homeless in Arizona, essentially related to failures to appear in court, past criminal convictions, inability to pay court-ordered fines, and/or suspension of Arizona driving privileges. During the “Veterans Stand-Down,” every year, I volunteer as a Pro Bono Attorney representing Veterans in criminal court matters, in the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Phoenix Municipal Court, the Gilbert Municipal Court, the Tempe City Court, the Scottsdale City Court, the Glendale City Court, and the Mesa Municipal Court.
I also represent Veterans who are not in compliance with their probation terms in the Maricopa County Superior Court and/or Municipal courts, and facilitate in quashing any outstanding criminal warrants.
At the Arizona Veterans Stand-Down, I represent veterans with criminal cases, who may be able to satisfy outstanding court fines and fees by performing a community service work project. Veterans with active arrest warrants on felony and misdemeanor criminal cases will have those warrants exonerated in exchange for completing a few hours of community service while at the Stand-Down. Representatives from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division are also present. I advise and help veterans regarding any requirements for reinstatement of their driving privileges and other MVD issues. It’s the one day out of the year that the volunteering Judges and Prosecutors are in an “extremely good mood and forgiving temperament.” Every legal professional who volunteers their time and participates with the Stand-Down has one goal in mind; to help get these Veterans back on their feet. These are people who have served our country, and they deserve an opportunity to be given a second chance with the tools to succeed. Our goal is to reach them before they hit rock bottom.
As a Veteran of the U.S. Army, it is often a rewarding experience for me to see a fellow soldier who comes to the event with perhaps a suspended license (which prevents them securing appropriate employment). They complete a few hours of community restitution and then leave with a valid license. This allows them to better provide for themselves and their families. In the 2017 event, over 2,100 veterans were served, connecting them with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability and to satisfy court matters. You can learn more about the Arizona Veterans Stand-Down by watching this video and visiting this page.
Disabled American Veterans, Department of Arizona
Position: Pro Bono Attorney practicing in Family Law
I have volunteered my legal services as an attorney since 2013 with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Arizona. The Arizona DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
In 2013, the DAV, Department of Arizona started a program providing free legal help to veterans and their spouses through a continuing Legal Clinic Program. At these Legal Clinics, I have volunteered as an attorney assisting Veteran clients dealing with current issues involving Divorce, Child Custody, and Child Support.
Phoenix VA Hospital
Position: Volunteer assisting with Patient Transportation and gopher
For the past few years when I can, and as time permits, I volunteer at the Phoenix VA Hospital aiding patients to get from one area of the hospital to the other. Most of these patients are in wheelchairs and are unable to transport themselves to their appointments, or they are patients who just were just released from surgery and need to be transported to their bed to ICU. I also act as a general “gopher”…going to “this ward” or “that clinic” for “that thing.”
Phoenix Municipal Court, Veterans Court
Position: Pro Bono Attorney practicing in Criminal Defense
For some years off and on, I have volunteered as a Defense Attorney on a case-by-case basis defending Military Veteran clients involved in misdemeanor criminal situations, who qualify for the City of Phoenix Veterans Court. The Phoenix Veterans Court was implemented through a partnership between the Municipal Court, Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and Phoenix Veterans Administration (VA). The goal of Veterans Court is to restore veterans to being successful, contributing members of the community. The court focuses on ensuring that veterans entering the criminal justice system make contact with specific programs to address the root causes of the behavior that resulted in the veteran becoming a defendant in the criminal justice system. Most cases that I represent clients on in the Veterans Court take at least one year to conclude their case.
Maricopa County Superior Court, Veterans Court
Position: Pro Bono Attorney practicing in Criminal Defense
The Maricopa County Veterans Court is a collaborative process that includes the prosecutor, defense counsel, Judge, and sometimes the Federal or local State's Department of Veteran Affairs and other community-based support organizations. The goal of Veterans Court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active, contributing members of their community. The Maricopa County Veterans Court programs typically focus on veterans who are currently in, or entering, the Criminal Justice System. The Court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veteran's behavior and/or substance abuse issues. Issues commonly addressed include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anger Issues, Domestic Violence, and Alcohol/Drug Abuse.
For about six years off and on, I have volunteered as a Defense Attorney on a case-by-case basis defending Military Veteran clients involved in Felony criminal cases, and on Felony Probation. You can learn more about the Maricopa County Superior Court Veterans Court by watching this video.
Veterans Airlift Command
Position: Volunteer Aircraft Owner and Pilot
The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To qualify as a VAC pilot, volunteers must have a valid U.S. pilot’s license, current medical, an instrument rating, as well as ratings appropriate to the aircraft the pilot will fly for the mission. Also, because most missions exceed 250 miles, high-performance aircraft are preferred. The airplane must have certification for instrument flight, a standard U.S. airworthiness certificate, and licensure in the normal or utility category. The pilot and/or plane owner is responsible for the aircraft’s compliance at all times with applicable federal and state regulations regarding insurance, maintenance, operations, and license. All volunteer pilots and aircraft owners fly missions at their own aircraft operating costs and supply the fuel costs.
As a pilot with over 6,000 hours of flight time in both helicopter and fixed-wing multi-engine aircraft, and as an owner of three airplanes, I have volunteered and flown several missions across the county with the VAC. You can learn more here.
Night Stalker Association- The U.S. Army 160th
Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR (A))
Position: Pro Bono Attorney and Corporate Sponsor/Member
The Night Stalker Association is a non-profit organization created as a War Veterans' Organization, which serves to preserve the memories and comradeship kindled by the mutual experience of service with the 160th SOAR (Airborne), and to render assistance to Night Stalker members and families, and our fallen brothers surviving families, through means of college grants, loans, special financial assistance, camaraderie-building events, and personal guidance.
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR (A)), known as the ''Night Stalkers," is the world's premier night fighting helicopter aviation force and the Army's only Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The 160th and its Soldiers have participated in every Army combat action since its inception. Throughout its history, the 160th has pioneered night flight techniques, spearheaded the development of new equipment (such as night vision goggles for pilots), and has answered the call to duty in support of Special Operations Forces whenever and wherever it sounded.
When I was in the U.S. Army Pathfinders in the early 1980’s at Ft Campbell, KY, I’m proud to have been attached and served with the 160th Night Stalkers. After graduating from Law School, I volunteered as a Pro Bono Attorney for the unit offering free legal help to soldiers returning from Afghanistan, and free legal service with the Night Stalker Association. In that capacity, I worked directly under the Regimental Jag Officer, helping to form and implement the Association’s non-profit status, organized under IRC 501(c)(19). You can learn more here.
Airborne Pathfinders’ Association
Position: Member since 2001
The U.S. Airborne Pathfinder’s Association is a non-profit organization composed of personnel who have served in the U.S. Military as Airborne Pathfinder Qualified soldiers in defense of the United States. The Association’s objective is to preserve the history and the legacy of the all-volunteer U.S. Airborne Pathfinder. Less than one percent of members from all military branches of service are or were Pathfinder qualified. From the D-Day invasion during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq to Afghanistan, Pathfinders have always been the “First In-Last Out” Airborne soldiers. Parachuting in to conduct clandestine nighttime Special Operations missions as well as search and rescue missions to recover shot down pilots, Pathfinders often work alone behind enemy lines with the real risk of being left behind if the mission of the main Airborne force is canceled or delayed.
I was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, and an Airborne Pathfinder assigned with the 101st Pathfinder Company (Airborne), 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB). I was later assigned as an Airborne Pathfinder, attached to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR (A)). I am member no.: 18 of the U.S. Airborne Pathfinder’s Association, recognized as having successfully met the requirements of the Association by having served an Airborne Pathfinder in the U.S. Army in defense of the United States. Pathfinders were recognized on a feature film on the Military Channel’s “Dangerous Missions.” You can also learn more about Pathfinders and watch a team in Action in Afghanistan here.
Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) Arizona Chapter, Falcon Field Airport
Position: Volunteer Arizona Chapter Pro Bono Attorney (and Helicopter washer-guy)
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation tells the U.S. Army Aviation story by hosting and participating in Aircraft and Museum Tours, School Programs, Air Shows and other public events across the country. The AAHF acquires, restores, and maintains historic vintage flying aircraft representing U.S. Army Aviation. The AAHF is a national, non-profit, all-volunteer organization composed of pilots who have served in the U.S. Army Aviation, along with dedicated volunteers to conduct patriotic flying demonstrations, public helicopter rides, and educational presentations.
Since 2014, I have volunteered with the Arizona Chapter at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa as the Chapter’s In-House Legal Counsel, as well as participated in many Airshow and Fly-In events at Falcon Field over the years, demonstrating the Foundation’s AH-1F Cobra Attack Helicopter. You can read more here.
Canyon State Aero Helicopter Flight Training, Falcon Field Airport
Position: Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney and In-House Legal Counsel
Canyon State Aero offers personalized helicopter and fixed-wing flight training at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa. They specialize in customized, one-on-one training both for ground and in-air sessions for all basic and advanced flight ratings in airplanes and helicopters.
I have served with Canyon State Aero as their Pro Bono volunteer In-House Legal Counsel since 2015, and I assisted them in obtaining their Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 141 Certification with the FAA. Since obtaining FAR Part 141 Certification in February 2017, Canyon State Aero can now offer flight training to Military Veterans who desire to utilize their G.I. Bill to become licensed pilots. I’m very proud to be their “go-to attorney” and I’m even more proud that the owners of Canyon State Aero consider me their friend. If you are a Veteran and you’d like to learn more about becoming a pilot, please visit their website.
American Bar Association
Position: Member since 2005
The American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes.
I joined the ABA while in Law School as a Student Attorney and then became a Member of the Criminal Justice Section as a Lawyer in 2005.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is an organization of pilots, hundreds of thousands strong and spanning 75 countries, representing the largest aviation community in the world. The AOPA exists to protect and to grow the incredible privilege that we call general aviation through educating the public, preparing resources and training material to enhance the skills of pilots, and advocating for aviation within government agencies. I have been a member of the AOPA since 2009.
Arizona Pilots Association
The Arizona Pilots Association (APA) was organized in 1978 to give Arizona’s general aviation community a voice in aviation matters. Their mission is to promote general aviation through advocacy at various levels of state and federal government, as well as through partnering with other aviation organizations in advocating our common interests: promoting aviation safety, pilot education, and public understanding of general aviation; preserving, maintaining, and even re-opening Arizona’s backcountry and recreational airstrips; broadcasting Arizona aviation news; and connecting Arizona pilots through aviation events. I have been a member since 2009.