The Phoenix Legal Action Network is dedicated to increasing and improving pro bono legal services for low-income community members and community organizations working to advance social justice in the greater Phoenix area. We work closely with community organizations to understand their legal needs and help recruit pro bono attorneys to meet those needs, and work to connect attorneys interested in pro bono service to appropriate training and volunteer opportunities.
We also serve as a platform to explore, develop, and launch initiatives to fill significant legal-services gaps in our community.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Sambo (Bo) Dul
Bo is an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, where her practice focuses on voting rights and election-related litigation, anti-corruption compliance and investigations, and general business litigation. She also maintains an active pro bono practice focusing on immigrant and refugee rights. In addition to her work with PLAN, Bo serves on the boards of the ACLU of Arizona and Youth Adelante, which provides support and mentoring to unaccompanied immigrant youth in Phoenix upon their release from federal custody. When she was five years old, Bo and her family came to the U.S. from Cambodia, following the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide. She grew up in Tempe, went to ASU for undergrad, and has a law degree from NYU and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton.
Bo hopes to spend a couple years living in Latin America one day so she can finally perfect her Spanish, and in Cambodia so she can learn to read and write in her first language, Khmer. She likes cooking, hiking, (slow) running and being bossed around by her two-year-old daughter, Kora.
Rekha is a first generation immigrant who grew up in Mesa, Arizona. She is a proud graduate of ASU and Penn Law. She is currently the PLAN/FIRRP Lead Attorney for PLAN’s Justice for immigrants & Families Project. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Federal Public Defender and also previously worked at the Florence Project providing legal assistance and representation to detained immigrants. In addition to her work with PLAN, Rekha is also on the board of Trans Queer Pueblo and the Collective-Phoenix. Through PLAN, Rekha hopes to build and participate in a community of attorneys committed to protecting and promoting human rights and greater access to justice for all Valley residents.
Rekha loves speaking in Spanglish, losing herself in a book, and eating chocolate; she abhors most fruit.
Judy has practiced immigration law for twenty years as a sole practitioner. She grew up on a vineyard in Napa with her four siblings, where she enjoyed jumping on wild grapevines. She earned an A.B. in English from U.C. Berkeley and graduated from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago eons ago. After clerking for Chief Justice William A. Holohan of the Arizona Supreme Court, she was a prosecutor for the City of Phoenix, a staff attorney with the Urban Indian Law Office of Community Legal Services in Phoenix, a managing attorney for the Douglas office of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, and a hearing officer with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (whew). While at SALA, and with a huge amount of community support, she lead a drive to establish the first domestic violence shelter in Douglas (housed in a former drug tunnel building). She won a four-year battle to prevent the deportation of four honors high school students (the Wilson 4) who were racially profiled and detained near Niagara Falls in 2002 while they were competing at a school-sponsored solar boat competition. Judy loves to hike, cook, visit art galleries and museums, contradance, attend meetings, and visit her far-flung family.
Sean is an attorney at Perkins Coie LLP, where he focuses on commercial real estate transactions and has been active in pro bono immigration matters. Sean grew up in Arizona and is passionate about creating and contributing to a community of lawyers who look out for the rights of all of their neighbors in the Valley. This includes tapping the skills and energy of transactional attorneys who might not yet know how helpful they can be. Sean went to the University of Southern California for undergrad and received his J.D. from Columbia. He is also a Fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.
Sean is (slowly) improving his Spanish and working to cut down on the time he spends hate-reading Twitter.
Larry is the Pro Bono Managing Attorney at the Florence Project, where he recruits and engages volunteer attorneys to represent unaccompanied children in both juvenile and immigration court. His passion for justice extends beyond immigrant rights, and he is on the board of Equality Arizona and is heavily involved in the work of the Anti-Defamation League. He is a native Arizonan and a graduate of Boston College Law School.
Although Larry took six years of French and lived in Italy for three summers as a child, alas, Spanish is the only foreign language he speaks.
Josh is an attorney at Osborn Maledon, with a practice focused on appeals, civil litigation, and professional liability. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including immigration and prisoner civil rights matters. Josh grew up in California, went to Yale College, and then worked on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and in the Obama administration, before returning to Yale for law school. Josh loves playing with his two boys, Phillip (4) and Daniel (2).
Kathy is the legal director of the ACLU of Arizona, which she joined in 2016 after eight years of private law practice in Phoenix. She also serves on the board and is past president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Kathy grew up in East Haven, Connecticut, and after graduating from Yale College, she worked several odd jobs – paralegal, waitress, archaeologist, assistant editor – before moving to Tucson to attend law school at the University of Arizona. Other than a few short months in San Diego and a few in northern Colorado, she has lived in Arizona ever since.
Marcos is the first in his family to graduate from college. Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Marcos and his family moved to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants when he was five years old. After college Marcos spent four years in the real estate/financial industry before leaving for Arizona to attend law school, where he served as President of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association and on the Executive Board of the Law Journal for Social Justice. Upon graduation, Marcos was awarded ASU Law's Dean's Award and the school's highest distinction for Pro Bono. Most recently, Marcos graduated from Valle Del Sol's Hispanic Leadership Institute and the State Bar of Arizona's Bar Leadership Institute. Marcos currently serves on the board of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association and is PLAN's Treasurer. Marcos is an associate attorney at the Phoenix office of Renuad Cook Drury Mesaros, PA.
Marcos is an avid boxing and mixed martial arts fan. He one day hopes to serve as a ringside judge for championship matches.
Golden is the Director of the Children’s Program at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (“Florence Project”). The Florence Project provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona. She is proud of the legal team she is honored to manage. She grew up in the small, hippie town of Nederland, Colorado. Golden traveled east to Bard College where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies. She spent four glorious years as an ESL teacher and then director of an adult education program in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law. While in law school, Golden was President of CUNY Law Moot Court and a Fellow for the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) under the directive of Honorable Jenny Rivera, now Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of New York State. Now in Phoenix, Arizona, Golden is happiest when laughing and playing with her partner and their son.
Brenda grew up in Tucson, and attended the University of Arizona for both undergrad and law school. After graduating from law school, she worked as a Deputy County Public Defender for Maricopa County, and later as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas. Brenda continued her legal career in New York City as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). She is currently a staff attorney at the ACLU of Arizona.
Brenda loves reading, her cat (any cat, really), and watching made-for-TV movies.