You have the right to have an attorney represent you at the hearing; however, it is not required and the hearings are usually informal enough so that you can represent yourself. Note: While you can represent yourself at a hearing, you are entitled to have an attorney, paralegal, or other person represent you at your Unemployment Insurance hearing. The Office of Appeals does not have a list of attorneys to give to claimants. An attorney, paralegal, or other person who represents you can ask witnesses questions, make legal objections to documents and witnesses, and give a closing statement on your behalf. If you pay a representative, the person must be a licensed attorney or be supervised by one.
If you file an appeal and would like someone to represent you, the following groups may be able to assist you:
- ASU Law, Civil Litigation Clinic (Maricopa County residents only) 602-496-1717 or Web site for counties shown below (Only January-March; June-July; and September-November);
- Community Legal Services (Maricopa County residents) 602-258-3434;
- Community Legal Services (Yuma County residents) (928) 782-7511;
- Community Legal Services (Mohave/La Paz County residents) (928) 681-1177;
- Community Legal Services (Yavapai County residents) (928) 445-9240;
- DNA-People’s Legal Services (Coconino County residents) (928) 774-0653;
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid (Southern Arizona Counties) (520) 623-9465
Don’t delay! If you want to see if one of these organizations can represent you, you should contact them as soon as possible.
You can also have someone (other than an attorney, etc.) represent you. A representative questions witnesses, makes legal objections, and makes a closing statement. Note: If you pay the representative, that person must be a licensed Arizona attorney or be supervised by one.
If the opposing party has an attorney and you do not:
- Remain calm, keep your mind on your own case and on your plan to present testimony or documents.
- Ask for an explanation of any unfamiliar terminology used by either the Administrative Law Judge or the opposing attorney.
It is not necessary to match wits with an opposing representative or attorney through use of objections. This is an informal hearing, not a court trial, and legal maneuvering generally has little effect on the outcome of the case.