Coppersmith Brockelman Promotes Telemedicine Specialist Marki Stewart to Partner

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education Honors Marki Stewart as a Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney

Marki Stewart’s longtime commitment to helping unaccompanied immigrant children find safety and security in the United States earned her recognition as one of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education’s 2022 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys. Nominated by the Florence Project for more than a decade of involvement with the organization’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, Marki provides pro bono representation, guidance, and support that has a lifelong impact on children under threat of deportation. Currently, Marki represents an 11-year-old orphan from Mexico who traveled to the United States with her older siblings in 2019. She won a Motion to Dismiss the immigration removal proceedings, then obtained a legal guardian for the girl, who is now eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and awaiting approval for Permanent Legal...

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Andy Gordon Shares Expertise on “The Wall” with Arizona Media Outlets

When President Trump announced plans to move forward with "The Wall," local media turned to Andy Gordon, one of the state’s foremost political and election law experts, to grasp the implications at the local and national levels. While working with the Department of Homeland Security, Andy became intimately aware of the costs and benefits of constructing the fence, as this was part of his day-to-day responsibility. He understands - perhaps better than anyone in Arizona - the far-reaching impacts of such a costly endeavor (with very little ROI). In addition to sharing his expertise with Fox News, 3TV, ABC 15 and 12 News, he elaborated on the environmental impact for the Arizona Republic and penned a commentary for the Arizona Capitol Times....

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Andy Gaona, Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program Help Client Pursue Long-Awaited Asylum, Keep Family Together

He couldn’t drive a car or vote, but at 14 years old, Andy Gaona’s client carried the burden of completing asylum paperwork. Fast-forward 15 years, after lost paperwork and incorrect forms, the client learned that he was subject to removal not only from the United States, but from his family of four children who depend on him. Andy, a member of the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono program, passionately took on the case to right what was clearly a wrong. Born in El Salvador during the country’s brutal civil war, Andy’s client was brought to the U.S. to reunite with his mother, who had fled several years earlier and was granted asylum in 1990. Entitled to “derivative” asylum through his mother, the then 14-year-old boy completed his own...

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