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ACLPI Names New Executive Director

Daniel Adelman, Arizona attorney and long-time ACLPI Board member, to steer non-profit law firm amid high-profile fights for public education funding and safety of foster care children

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Daniel Adelman has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest by the organization’s Board of Directors. Adelman will officially take over from Tim Hogan, who has led the Center for 26 years, in early 2018.

“While the Board knew finding a replacement for Tim Hogan would be tough given his remarkable success as the Center's Executive Director, after an exhaustive search we found the ideal successor in Danny Adelman,” said Stacy Gabriel, the President of the ACLPI Board and Chair of the search committee that recommended Adelman.  “Danny possesses and embodies the rare combination of exceptional legal skills, tenacity, strategic vision and compassion to continue and build on Tim's and the Center's legacy of fighting for social justice through effective legal advocacy.”

Adelman, a graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law, has served on the ACLPI board for more than 20 years and was a founding partner at Adelman German, a law firm representing individuals in medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, and other catastrophic injury cases. 

“For the past 30 years, I’ve tried to help people achieve some measure of justice.  In each case, however, I was helping one person or one family.  To serve as the Executive Director of the Center will provide the unique opportunity to seek justice for huge numbers of Arizona’s most vulnerable residents who otherwise would have no voice.  I cannot imagine any greater honor, or any greater calling,” said Adelman.  “The Center has done so much for Arizona’s public schools, for the mentally ill, for foster children, and for the environment.  I cannot wait to continue to build on that legacy.”

“I’m incredibly pleased that the Board has selected Danny as the next Executive Director,” Hogan said.  “It’s hard to imagine a better selection.  The Center will be in extremely capable hands with Danny at the helm.”

The Center currently has several high-profile cases pending including a suit against the state of Arizona for inadequately funding public schools; a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency over clean air standards that is pending in the United States Supreme Court; and a class action case against the state for mistreatment of foster children in its custody.  It recently prevailed before the Arizona Supreme Court in its fight to preserve Medicaid funding in the state. 

 

The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is a non-profit law firm that advocates for civil and human rights, assuring that all Arizonans have access to quality health care, strong public schools, open government, fair elections, and access to public lands and natural resources. While advocating for the under-represented and the working poor, those lacking the power or money to fight for themselves legally, the Center has never charged its clients for services.

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Arizona Supreme Court rejects GOP lawmakers' suit to overturn state's Medicaid expansion

The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday in an unanimous decision rejected a bid from a group of 36 current and former Republican lawmakers to overturn the state's Medicaid expansion. 

The lawmakers argued that a hospital assessment used to pay the state's portion of the Medicaid expansion is a tax that required a two-thirds legislative majority to enact. The 2013 Legislature narrowly approved the assessment.

However, the state's high court rejected that claim, upholding a lower court's ruling.

The GOP lawmakers' challenge could have jeopardized health care for about 400,000 low-income Arizonans who gained insurance coverage under the Medicaid expansion.

"It is a huge victory for Arizona’s budget and stability," said former Gov. Brewer in a phone interview from Washington, D.C. "I feel good that Arizonans will continue to receive health care because of the decision. ... It met the test of doing the right thing, which almost always means doing the hard thing."

Court Certifies Class in Foster Care Litigation

U. S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver granted class-action status in the litigation that the Center filed 2 ½ years ago against the state, on behalf of a number of foster children. The ruling (available here) was issued September 30, 2017. A trial is expected in spring 2018.  

According to Center attorney Anne Ronan, “it's no longer about one, two or three foster children; rather, it's about the thousands of children in Arizona's foster-care system, as well as any children who will enter the system in the future.” The Court certified three classes:  1) the General Class: All children who are or will be in the legal custody of DCS due to a report or suspicion of abuse or neglect; 2) the Non-Kinship Subclass: All members in the General Class who are not placed in the care of an adult relative or person who has a significant relationship with the child; and 3) the Medicaid Subclass: All members of the General Class who are entitled to early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services under the federal Medicaid statute.

Arizona had nearly 17,000 children in foster care as of March 31, 2017, its latest report shows. In August, 900 children entered the system when they were removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse and neglect, according to the Department of Child Safety. 

 

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