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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 6/12/2017

ALSC Pro Bono Cases

 

Please contact Laura Goss at ALSC for information about these pro bono opportunities. 907-222-4521 or lgoss@alsc-law.org

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:

PA-16-22009
Alaska Native woman wants to divorce her abusive husband.  There are limited property and no custody issues.  The client filed for divorce in April 2017 and the opposing party has hired an attorney.  Trial Setting Conference is on June 28 in Palmer with Judge Kristiansen. 

AN-17-24257
31 year old mother of three children needs help getting a divorce from her husband of 10 years, who is an E-5 in the Air Force.  This case will involve joint custody and child support.  

AN-17-24403
23 year old Pakistani immigrant needs a divorce from her arranged marriage to her first cousin.  The marriage took place in Pakistan.  Client left the marriage due to physical and verbal abuse by her mother-in-law; there are no children or property at issue in this divorce.

JU-17-23946
Four siblings living out of state would like to resolve title to their Angoon ANCSA lots.  This would involve two probates – one for the mother and one for their brother.  

AN-16-22561
Client needs assistance with a probate for her godfather.  She was given a copy of the will be him in 2003. 

AN-17-22736
Client was informed his unemployment benefits were being denied for time he was in Mexico with his wife (who is from there). He believes if he went to Canada, his benefits would have continued, but not to Mexico.  He’s repaid the State of Alaska, but feels he is due a refund for these 6 weeks of unpaid unemployment.  

AN-16-22329
Native Alaskan Veteran who suffers from PTSD needs an attorney to help with with a divorce and custody case. He currently has supervised visitation.  He is currently in Veterans Court, and they are advocating for him to get a pro bono attorney to assist him. 

KO-16-21623
A young single mother in Kotzebue needs help with a probate matter.  There is conflict among the heirs to her mother’s estate, and there has not yet been a probate case in state court.  Other heirs were nominated to act as executor in the will, but they are not pursuing a state probate case.  

Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:

Housing Court Justice Project

Assist Pro Se low-income tenants or low-income landlords (if the other side has an attorney) in Eviction Court.  You will be present at Anchorage District Court one morning per month to provide limited assistance to clients scheduled for eviction proceedings such as: legal counseling, negotiating settlement agreements, representation in an eviction hearing, and drafting any relevant documents, such as pleadings and answers.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org

Veterans Legal Clinic – sponsored by ALSC and the VA

You will provide free consultations for income-qualifying Veterans regarding civil legal matters.  Clinic days are scheduled once monthly and in advance.  Shifts will be 7 hours (9am-4pm) at the Northway Mall.  Consultations are 45 minutes and are pre-scheduled one hour apart.  Contact Laura Goss at LGoss@alsc-law.org or 222-4521 for more information and to sign up to volunteer to help Vets.

Anchorage – Palmer – Kenai – Juneau – Early Resolution Project (ERP)

In one afternoon, you will offer free legal advice to family law pro se litigants referred by the Alaska Court System, who they have deemed as easy to resolve with attorney assistance.  You will meet privately with your client and work out an amicable agreement between both parties that same day.  86% of ERP cases are amicably completed that afternoon.  ERP volunteers are needed in Anchorage, Palmer, Juneau, and Kenai.  ERP sessions are held once per month in each city except Anchorage where it is held weekly.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org

Pro Bono Attorney Mentoring Opportunity  

The Pro Bono Training Academy (PBTA) is an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing support for our pro bono volunteers.  We hope to do this in many ways, one of which is by creating a mentoring system wherein experienced volunteer attorneys mentor newer volunteer attorneys in specific areas of the law.  Hopefully, knowing they are supported will encourage attorneys to take on more complex cases on a volunteer basis. This project is in the planning phase. We are looking for experienced attorneys interested in serving as a mentor attorney.  We are also very interested in your ideas about what such a program should look like.  If you want to serve Alaska's low-income population by sharing your legal expertise, please contact: Sarah Carver, Project Coordinator, Pro Bono Training Academy, scarver@alsc-law.org, 907.406.2222.


Federal Pro Bono Project 

Federal USDC case for the District of Alaska concerns allegations of Eighth Amendment violations by Department of Corrections staff at Goose Creek Correctional Center.  Prisoner alleges notifying authorities of his safety concerns when he learned a person who had previously stolen property from him had become incarcerated.  Allegedly, a couple of months later, when using a urinal the prisoner was brutally attacked from behind by this person; and, a DOC officer who witnessed everything did not intervene.  Prisoner alleges subsequently receiving inadequate medical care:  being left in segregation to internally bleed for 12 hours before his spleen and a mass on his kidney were removed, and being denied any mental health care for the fear and uncomfortable feelings he now has when people are behind him or he tries to use a urinal.  Prisoner allegedly now feels pain from bone slivers in his lower back muscles and expects the removal of his spleen to result in future complications with his immune system.  He asks for monetary damages; an order requiring prison employees who witness one prisoner assault another to intervene and call for back up; a declaration that “even inmates deserve to feel safe;” and notes that the assault, emotional distress, lower back pain, and vaccination he must now receive for the rest of his life were never a part of his sentencing judgement.  Prisoner needs assistance with discovery and drafting an amended complaint.  The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for this limited-scope representation. 

If interested in volunteering please contact Catherine Rogers (Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov, 677-6135).

(Updated 5/22/2017)

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