Every month, Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s (SALA) Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) recognizes a legal professional for their legal volunteerism. The award is a distinct honor and highlights the dedication and commitment of 12 individuals each year who give their valuable time and expertise to the community. Gloria Goldman, Esq., is the June 2023 Outstanding Volunteer of the Month Award Recipient.
Ms. Goldman is originally from Detroit, Michigan but moved to Tucson in 1974 with her husband. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, but also attended the University of Michigan. She graduated with a degree in deaf education. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
In her legal career, Ms. Goldman has focused her practice on immigration law. She appreciates that she has a very special connection to her practice, as she is an immigrant herself. Her parents were both survivors of the Holocaust, and both were the sole survivors of their respective families. Ms. Goldman was born in Germany after the war, and she came to America as a refugee at only six months old. As she phrased it, the United States gave her family a home when they needed one. Many of Ms. Goldman’s clients come from countries where there are governmental oppositions occurring, and people are in unsafe environments.
Ms. Goldman also has the pleasure of having her two children, Maurice Goldman, Esq., and Larissa Goldman, Esq., as her legal partners at Goldman and Goldman. Ms. Goldman has volunteered at Southern Arizona Legal Aid on cases that involve abused women and children, as well as asylum work. She is currently handling several direct representation immigration cases for the Volunteer Lawyers Program. She finds volunteering rewarding as she is able to help people that are in need and get results that change their lives.
Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc., and its Volunteer Lawyers Program are honored and grateful for Ms. Goldman’s dedicated commitment to access to justice.