Proud to be in the Lyons’ Den
The Biltmore Bank of Arizona would like to thank the Arizona Bar Foundation for inducting us into their “Lyons Den.” The Lyons Den includes the small handful of honorees recognized through the George Lyons Partnering Bank Award program, established in 2014 in honor of George Lyons, a champion of the Arizona Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. This marks the second time the Arizona Bar Foundation has honored our bank through this program.
As explained on the IOLTA website, interest on IOLTAs is a unique and innovative way to increase access to justice for individuals and families living in poverty and to improve our justice system. Without taxing the public, and at no cost to lawyers or their clients, interest from lawyer trust accounts is pooled to provide civil legal aid to the poor and support improvements to the justice system.
Arizona bank applicants for the George Lyons Partnering Bank Award were assessed on their performance in one or more of the following areas:
- Supported a school or community group to further their efforts in civic education through monetary or volunteer involvement.
- Supported a legal aid agency or law school clinic to further their efforts in providing legal assistance to those without the economic means to afford a private attorney.
- Supported one of the Foundation events or programs during the year through monetary or volunteer involvement.
- Supported another “access to justice” initiative that furthers the knowledge rights and responsibilities of Arizonans within the justice system.
Qualifying in all of the areas above, The Biltmore Bank of Arizona received an honorable mention this year. Our contributions have included staff participation on the board of the Scottsdale Charros, the Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association Scholarship Foundation and Phoenix Suns Charities 88, providing legal assistance to those without the economic means to afford a private attorney through our business partnership with the ASU Alumni Law Group and remitting 100 percent of the interest earned on an IOLTA to the Arizona State Bar.
Additionally, The Biltmore Bank of Arizona supports other ‘access to justice’ initiatives that further the knowledge rights and responsibilities of Arizonans within the justice system through our business relationships with our law firm customers. Everyone deserves access to justice, and we’re proud to support many wonderful businesses and organizations that help make that possible.
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