40th anniversary of Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest

    May 11, 2014 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am
    Heard Museum
    2301 North Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    $150 per ticket


    We are pleased to announce that in addition to celebrating the Center’s 40 years of advocacy on behalf of Arizona citizens, we will also be honoring the work of Congressman Ed Pastor, who has been representing Arizona citizens both locally and nationally for about the same amount of time.  And, as part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we will also be recognizing and honoring the important contributions of Bruce Meyerson, Herb Ely, Amy Gittler and David Baron, who were instrumental in the Center’s early and enduring success.  Without the solid foundation that these talented individuals built, the Center would not be here today.  Register online at www.aclpi.org.  Live music, live & silent auction.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. I am researching the U.S. Supreme Court case of Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (1993), which involved a “profoundly deaf” boy named Jim Zobrest then attending Salpointe Catholic High School. I am interested in two digital images for a PowerPoint talk that I will be giving soon: (1) the exterior of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, when it was on Fort Lowell and (2) Tom Berning, then an attorney for the ACLPI, i.e., from the 1980s. Thank you.


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