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Letter from the Board President and Executive Director:

Over the years, it has been Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s responsibility to ensure that as many people as possible receive access to justice. This task is more daunting now than ever before, as the number of people in need of legal assistance in our service area continues to grow. We recognize the many accomplishments by the dedicated staff and volunteers at SALA.

Despite the economic downturn, we have been able to provide free civil legal aid throughout an expansive 33,000 square mile service area (2010 U.S. Census data) in nine Arizona counties and on eleven Indian reservations. There are more than 407,872 eligible people who live in this area, which is up sharply from the last census report. We have built an organization based on shared values and common goals to improve access to the civil legal system, increase funding for legal aid to the poor, and thereby increase access to justice for low income people across southern and southeastern Arizona.

Cathleen M. Dooley

Board President

Anthony L. Young, Esq.

Executive Director

Who We Are:

Our Vision 

Our Vision is that all Arizona residents, particularly those within the 33,000 square miles where Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc. (SALA) provides legal services, have access to legal, social and economic justice. Further, it is our Vision that all individuals and families in our service area understand the vital role SALA plays in assisting low-income individuals and families.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide quality legal services to people who would not otherwise have equal access to justice, in ways which affirm their individual and collective dignity, integrity, and power.

Our Services

SALA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public interest law firm, established in 1951, which provides free, civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families in nine of Arizona’s 15 counties and in 11 of Arizona’s 21 Native American Communities. Since 1951, SALA has been a trusted resource and an effective voice for low-income people in southern and southeastern Arizona.

There are more than 407,872 eligible individuals who are at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines in SALA’s estimated 33,000 square-mile service area. Our mandate is to deliver high quality civil legal aid to low-income people who face financial or other barriers which prevent access to justice. Priority areas are:

  • Family Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Housing Rights
  • Government Benefits
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Senior's Rights
  • Immigration
  • Small Non-Profit Organizations
  • Tribal-Indian Law
  • Outreach and Education

Our Client Community *

  • 9.4% of the eligible client population is over 65; 55.7% is 18 to 64; and 34.9% is under 18
  • 34% are White, 41% are Hispanic, 19% are Native American; 3% are African American, 2% are Asian

* (Based on US Census American Community Survey)