Licensed Legal Advocates Pilot Program Training Begins

Emerge is proud to participate in the Licensed Legal Advocates Pilot Program with the University of Arizona law school’s Innovation for Justice Program. This program is the first of its kind in the nation and will address a critical need for people experiencing domestic abuse: access to trauma-informed legal advice and assistance. Two of Emerge’s lay legal advocates have completed coursework and training with practicing attorneys and are now certified as Licensed Legal Advocates. 

Designed in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court, the program will test a new tier of legal professional: the Licensed Legal Advocate (LLA). LLAs are able to provide limited legal advice to domestic violence (DV) survivors in a limited number of civil justice areas such as protective orders, divorce and child custody.  

Prior to the pilot program, only licensed attorneys have been able to provide legal advice to DV survivors. Because our community, like others nationwide, severely lacks affordable legal services in comparison to the need, many DV survivors with limited resources have had to navigate civil legal systems alone. Moreover, most licensed attorneys have not been trained in providing trauma-informed care and may not have an in depth understanding about the very real safety concerns for DV survivors while engaged in legal proceedings with someone who has been abusive. 

The program will benefit DV survivors by enabling advocates who understand the nuances of DV to provide legal advice and support to survivors who otherwise might go into court alone and who would have to operate within the many rules of legal procedure. While they cannot represent clients as an attorney would, LLAs are able to help participants complete paperwork and provide support in the courtroom. 

The Innovation for Justice Program and evaluators from the Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts will track data to analyze how the LLA role has helped participants resolve justice issues and has improved case outcomes and expedited case resolution. If successful, the program will roll out across the state, with the Innovation for Justice Program developing training tools and a framework to implement the program with other nonprofits working with survivors of gender-based violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

We are excited to be a part of such innovative and survivor-centered efforts to redefine DV survivors’ experience in seeking justice. 

Back to School Supplies

Help kids at Emerge start their school year with less stress.

As we approach the back-to-school season, you can help ensure that children at Emerge have one less thing to worry about as they get ready for the new school year in the midst of all they are facing at home.

We want to make sure children have access to all new school materials they need for a successful year, and to accomplish this, we have created a list of the most important school supplies required for this new school year.  

If you would like to support school-aged children at Emerge as they get ready for the new school year, please check the list below of school supplies needed. Items can be drop off at our administrative office, located at 2445 East Adams St. from Monday through Friday between 10a and 2p.

We appreciate your support of our community!

You can download a pdf copy here.

School Supplies

  • Backpacks (All ages)
  • Scissors, glue sticks
  • Markers, pencils, color pencils, mechanical pencils, highlighters, dry erase markers.
  • Binders, spiral notebooks, composition books
  • Pencil boxes
  • Paper (wide ruled and college ruled)
  • Calculators
  • Protractors
  • Thumb drives

Home Room supplies

  • Gallon-sized Ziploc bags
  • Tissues
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizers
  • 3-gallon bins to store school items
  • Individual dry erase boards and markers


  • For children and adults

Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, etc. in amounts of $5 to $20