Frequently Asked Questions: Martin Luther King Day 2014
A public service project of the Alaska Bar Association and Alaska Court System
Where is the event located?
There are three locations holding events in Alaska: Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. Look on the main MLK Day page for a link to the times and location for each community.
How can I talk to an attorney?
On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, 2014, you will have the chance to talk face to face with an Alaska attorney about your legal issue for free. You do not need to sign-up or register to attend this clinic.
Do I need to bring anything to the clinic?
If you have any documents related to your legal issue, bringing them will make it easier for the attorney to help you. They do not need to be organized, but if you have the time and ability to sort through them, this will also make the attorney’s job easier. However, it is ok if you don’t have any paperwork or can’t find it—the attorney could still be able to answer your questions.
What if I don’t have a car? How can I get to the event?
In Anchorage, the People Mover buses will be running their regular service on that day. Please check
http://www.muni.org/departments/transit/peoplemover/pages/timetables.aspx for People Mover timetables and maps to find the bus that you will need to use.
Will I have to pay for anything at all to attend this event?
No. The attorneys and volunteers at our clinic are giving their time and services to you for free in the spirit of MLK Day.
What can I expect when I arrive at the event?
When you arrive, you will be greeted at the entrance by our team at the front desk. There you will review and fill out some short forms asking a little bit about you and informing you of the nature of services you are about to receive. These forms will provide us with information that will help us improve the services we are offering and ensure that you know exactly what to expect from the attorney. Next, you will be asked some questions about your legal issue so that we may direct you to the specific attorney that will be able to help you with your legal issue. You will then get 15 minutes of one on one time discussing your legal issue with an attorney.
What if English is not my first language? Can I still be helped?
Yes. Spanish interpreters will be attending the clinic, and we will make every effort to accommodate speakers of any language.
What kind of things can I talk about with my lawyer?
Attorneys with experience in family law, landlord tenant law, and public benefits law will be attending the event. Issues that may fall under these areas of law include, but are not limited to, marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, domestic violence, alimony, eviction, leases, social security, Medicare, and Medicaid. However, we are prepared to try and answer any legal question you might have, even if it is not one of issues listed above.
Will the things I discuss with the lawyer be kept confidential?
Yes. The attorney will not share what you tell him/her with other people, although you will not have a legally binding attorney-client relationship with the attorney you speak to.
Will the lawyer that I talk to take my case or represent me in court?
No. These attorneys are here to answer your questions on this day only. They may provide general legal information in response to your question, but they will not represent you in court. Your attendance at this clinic does not create an attorney-client relationship. The attorney will not take any action regarding your situation or begin working on your case.
What if I want to hire a lawyer to take my case?
If you want to hire a lawyer, try the Alaska Bar Lawyer Referral Service. Call toll free at 1-800-770-9999 or visit their website at https://www.alaskabar.org/servlet/content/lawyer_referral_serv.html.
What if I can’t afford to hire a lawyer?
You may qualify for free civil legal services through a free legal service provider. Click here for more information.
Who can I contact if I would like information about sponsoring or volunteering at next year’s event?
Please call the Alaska Bar Association at 907-272-7469 if you are interested in being involved in this annual MLK Day event.