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3 days 16 hours ago

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4 days 1 hour ago

Diane is honored by Legal Services Corp – Pro Bono Service Award for establishing the Self Help Center at the Arizona Bankruptcy Court.
MountainscapeSix Arizona Attorneys Recognized For Their Pro Bono Efforts
January 31, 2023 Terri Jo Neff, Arizona Daily Independent
Those honored by Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann Scott Timmer during LSC’s Increasing Access to Justice Reception were James Conlogue, Diane Drain, David Engelman, Edwin Ramos, Kelly Rowe, and Benjamin Smith.
Six attorneys from across Arizona were recognized by the nonprofit Legal Services Corporation (LSC) last week for their significant contributions to promoting access to justice through pro bono services.
The LSC is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Its grantee organizations serving Arizona include the Community Legal Services, Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA), and the Window Rock-based DNA-Peoples Legal Services.
Those honored by Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann Scott Timmer during LSC’s Increasing Access to Justice Reception were James Conlogue, Diane Drain, David Engelman, Edwin Ramos, Kelly Rowe, and Benjamin Smith.
Conlogue served as a judge for the Cochise County Superior Court for 26 years before retiring in 2020. Since then, he has provided pro bono services through the Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA) Family Law Clinic and Rural Clinic by heading up clinics which have had more than 300 attendees. Conlogue was also recently appointed to SALA’s Board of Directors.
Drain, who founded the Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. in 1990, began providing pro bono legal assistance in bankruptcy cases in 1994 through the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) for Community Legal Services (CLS). In 2005 Drain established the Self-Help Center at the Arizona Bankruptcy Court. She also serves on the VLP’s advisory committee and provides free consultations through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Self-Service Center.
Engelman is attorney and shareholder at Engelman Berger, PC. who has volunteered with CLS for 41 years. During that time he has provided several thousand hours of pro bono services. In 2022, he helped DNA-Peoples Legal Services establish a bankruptcy clinic and trained its in-house attorneys on handling bankruptcy cases.
Ramos, an attorney and managing partner at De La Ossa and Ramos PLLC, has volunteered since 2016 on minor guardianship cases for the Children’s Law Clinic offered by CLS’ VLP. He also regularly assists CLS’ Medical Legal Partnership by offering brief services to applicants, and recorded more than 200 hours of pro bono legal assistance in 2022.
Rowe is an author and volunteer attorney in Flagstaff offering pro bono services for immigration cases with DNA-Peoples Legal Services since 2015. The complexity of immigration cases means she has serves some clients for several years.
Smith, who has worked with SALA’s Family Law Clinic since 2007, dedicates his legal practice to pro bono work, primarily assisting clients with domestic violence cases. He is estimated to have assisted 8,700 SALA clients through roughly 1,650 clinics and 135 direct representation cases.
Musings by DianeHumans are capable of so much.  They can help, or they can hurt.
My Grandmother, Flora Frye, was my muse.  She was a force to be reckoned with. She was an Army Staff Sergeant in World War II, and brought that same commitment to fighting for those who could not protect themselves to Yuma, Arizona. She lobbied for rights for women, displaced homeowners, and anyone else who needed help. As a House Majority Leader told me – “if Flora Frye wants something, just give it to her because she does not stop until she gets her way.”  She received her Master’s degree from the Northern Arizona University at the young age of 75!!  Who do you know that could match her energy for life and learning?
That was my grandmother, and I think of her every day.  She would be proud to learn that I followed in her footsteps – establishing a Self-Help Center at the Arizona Bankruptcy Court, volunteering for Community Legal Services, and several other community based organizations. All those that I help through those programs are a direct result of the role-model created by Grandma Frye.
I urge each of you to be Grandma Frye to your own family and community.
– Diane L. DrainResource Links / References / Citations (internal / external links)

 
 

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4 days 10 hours ago

Beginning in January 2023, millions of small businesses will have to budget for a new monthly expense. During the pandemic, federal loans granted to small businesses will begin repayment, according to a story at  https://abc11.com/small-business-ppp-loans-pandemic/12721676/Many small businesses will now have to begin repaying their SBA EIDL loans despite a difficult business environment, including high interest rates and inflation. This may result in many businesses filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy or closing. Jim Shenwick, Esq  [email protected]   917 363 3391


1 week 5 days ago

five-star“ROCKSTARS Diane and Jay!!! I am so happy P.C.
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ROCKSTARS Diane and Jay!!! I am so happy to work with you again.
Within a few months, you got me the BEST results. You did exactly what you said you would do. You went above and beyond for me!! Highly recommended if you are looking for a well experienced bankruptcy firm to get the job done!
Thank you Diane Drain Law Office for making this experience a great one!! P.C.
 
 

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1 week 6 days ago

Party City files for Bankruptcy with plans to restructure mounting debt-is the party over?CNBC is reporting that Party City has filed for Bankruptcy protection. The story can be found at  https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/18/party-city-files-for-bankruptcy-to-restructure-piling-debt.html
Jim Shenwick, Esq.   212 541 6224  [email protected]


2 weeks 4 hours ago

New Consumer Law Rights Taking Effect in 2023
MountainscapeNational Consumer Law Center “NCLC”, summarizes significant changes in the consumer rights laws.This NCLC article lists federal and state consumer law rights scheduled to go into effect or expire, during the period from November 17, 2022, through December 31, 2023. Other consumer law changes will be enacted later in 2023 and will go into effect in 2023; this article lists changes whose effective dates have already been scheduled.
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Musings by DianeConstitutional rightsConsumer legal protections are rare.  Unfortunately, any changes or additions to the law are greatly influenced by the latest political attitude, rather than ‘what is right and fair to the general public’.  Our Constitution was established to give people equal protections, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense and general welfare.  The Constitution establishes these principals for people, not businesses.
The Preamble
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
– Diane L. DrainResource Links / References / Citations (internal / external links)

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2 weeks 1 day ago

five-star“Diane has a wealth of knowledge. S.B.
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“Diane Drain is a wealth of knowledge. She is a great attorney.”  S.B.

 
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2 weeks 2 days ago

 Genesis, a Crypto Lending Firm, Files for Bankruptcy according to the New York Times. The article can be found at   https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/technology/genesis-bankruptcy-crypto.html
Jim Shenwick, Esq.  212 541 6224   [email protected]


2 weeks 4 days ago

five-star“She broke down the process into manageable portions that I could handle. S.S.
people entering mazeI had waited to the eleventh hour to actually contact Diane Drain for help with my Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I suffer from an anxiety issue and was paralyzed by fear. Thank Goodness I was referred to Diane Drain. She broke down the process into manageable portions that I could handle. She followed up at every turn, and nudged me when I flagged. She would patiently explain processes that I didn’t understand, and assured me that all the frustration was worth the effort. She was right. I finally filed, and every day, I began to feel a little less anxiety. Now, the discharge has been entered, and life is much more manageable.
Thanks, Diane  signed, S.S.

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2 weeks 4 days ago

Many individuals are not aware that Social Security benefits can be used to pay student loans that are in default. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can take up to 15% of a persons benefits to pay off defaulted student loans; however, it cannot take more than $750 a month or $9,000 a year to pay for defaulted student loans.For further details see the Fox Business article at https://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/student-loans-default-diminish-social-security-benefitsRegrettably these defaults often impact retired parents who have taken out student loans for their children or Parent Plus Loans.
Jim Shenwick Esq.   212 541 6224   [email protected] 


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