Arizona Community Legal Assistance (ACLA) provides free legal assistance to new and existing charitable community organizations. ACLA recruits lawyers, law firms, and corporate legal departments willing to assist community groups with their transactional (non-litigation) legal needs. 

ACLA's mission is to serve groups that provide or promote the following activities:

>>  Services to people with low incomes
>>  Services to Children
>>  Social Services
>>  Affordable Housing
>>  Economic Development
>>  Health
>>  Education-related

ACLA's volunteer attorneys can provide assistance with:

>>  Bylaws
>>  Incorporation
>>  Obtaining tax exempt status
>>  Contract review
>>  Real estate transactions
>>  Employment and personnel advice
>>  Tax advice
>>  General corporation advice 

For Non-Profit Organizations

In order to obtain services through Arizona Community Legal Assistance, all non-profit organizations must submit an application.  The ACLA Board reviews applications on an as-needed basis to determine eligibility.  Once an application is approved, the applicant will be matched with a volunteer attorney.  ACLA attorneys provide their services at no cost; groups are responsible for out-of-pocket costs.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Socorro Diaz at 520-623-9465, ext. 4172.  Our ACLA program provides assistance in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz Counties.  

For Current Clients

If you have been accepted as an ACLA client, the volunteer attorney who assists you may need you to fill out the following form.  Download the form in Word →

For Other Arizona Nonprofits

If your nonprofit is based in Maricopa, Mohave, La Paz, Yavapai, or Yuma counties, please contact Pat Gerrich, Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program the Community Legal Services, at 602.258.3434, ext. 2630, or visit

For Attorneys

If you are interested in donating your time to assist non-profit organizations, we will match you with a suitable organization as quickly as possible!  The VLP provides mentoring and training if you are new to this area of law. Non-profit organizations that receive services from volunteer attorneys are incredibly grateful for the help they receive through ACLA.

If you have questions about ACLA, please contact:

Socorro Diaz  //  520-623-9465, ext. 4172

If you are ready to become a volunteer lawyer, please sign up here!  

Other Resources

Arizona Community Legal Assistance is a collaborative effort with many other organizations in Southern Arizona.  The following links are to other programs that collaborate with ACLA or may be used as resources for non-profit organizations.

Information & Referral Services  

If you need help with anything involving human services in southern Arizona, chances are I&R can help. As the information hub of human services, I&R offers a wide range of programs to meet the needs of southern Arizona’s equally wide range of people.

Tucson-Pima Public Library's Grants and Nonprofit Information Center

To assist nonprofit and community organizations in gathering information to increase their effectiveness in serving human needs, promoting civic and cultural life, preserving the environment, and strengthening neighborhoods and organizations, the Grants and Nonprofit Information Center is a special collection of print and electronic sources of information and knowledgeable staff serving nonprofit and community organizations in Pima County. 

Volunteer Center of Tucson

The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, founded in 1965, is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities through effective volunteerism. We’re best known as a clearinghouse for volunteers, but we also deliver creative solutions to community problems by harnessing the power of volunteerism in a number of other ways. We directly engage young people and adults in a variety of programs that better the community and encourage life-long involvement in volunteer activities. And we support hundreds of other nonprofit organizations that use volunteers by helping them develop their volunteer programs, and by training, referring, and honoring volunteers.