Current Pro Bono Cases
ALSC Pro Bono Cases
Please contact Laura Goss at 222-4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the cases and/or projects listed below.
Disabled grandmother of two boys she adopted last year needs help regarding her benefits from Kenai Public Assistance. Upon the adoption, the judge instructed her to open savings accounts in the boys’ names, which she did. Now she’d received notice that these funds are putting her over the limit to receive her Alaska Temporary Assistance and Adult Public Assistance. Her benefits ended April 30, 2016. She is looking for an arrangement that will allow the boys to have access to the funds later in life, but will not prevent her from receiving her needed public assistance.
Client lived with her unmarried partner for 11 years and they had four children together. His estate should go to their minor children, but the decedent’s parents are trying to claim everything. She is seeing assistance in obtaining the fishing permit of her deceased partner, becoming the executor of his estate. She will need help filing the Request for Emergency Transfer for this season.
Disabled woman who lives in a group home in Oregon needs help with the probate of her father’s estate. She had not seen him in seven years and believes she is the only heir and that her father had no will. She needs a consult with a Probate Attorney to help her navigate the probate process and determine the right course of action for her circumstances.
Client is a senior who needs a divorce from her abusive husband of 7 years. She has been the victim of serious domestic violence. She fears for her safety after a recent attack left her with a cast on her arm. There are no minor children. Her husband filed for divorce, so she needs assistance with her response, dividing their property, and potentially asserting a claim for spousal support and personal injury.
Client had his truck worked on by a local dealership, but the work was deficient. After much hassle he was able to get the truck back and worked on by another shop at his expense. Although the truck is running, there are still a number of problems which were created by the dealership which remain needed to be repaired. Can you assist him in getting the necessary repairs to his truck by the dealership?
61 year old Palmer resident had her husband pass away unexpectedly and he did not leave a will. She needs help probating her late husband’s estate before she sells their house and moves outside to be closer to family.
Client is seeing dissolution of her 18-year domestic partnership. The main asset is the home they own together on a large lot. Her ex has filed a complaint to get a judgement against her.
Native America woman needs a custody modification to a 50/50 split. She believes her children are being abused in their father’s house. The father of the children works 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off, and she would like custody when he is not present in the household.
Native Alaskan elder has a legal guardianship of her husband who suffers from severe dementia. She would like to set up a Miller’s Trust, as she is considering placing him in a nursing home for more intensive care.
Veteran needs assistance negotiating a new payment plan for his child support arears. He has recently suffered some physical and economic setbacks that have left him unable to maintain his payments. CSSD recently ruled a monthly payment amount that is twice as high as his current income. He is on the verge of being a homelessness vet. (If you are interested in helping this vet, ALSC can provide you a mentor to walk you through the case!)
Client entered into two written contracts with his employer of 10 years to perform mining services for 120 days in exchange for $60,000 in case and gold. On the final day of his work contract, he argued with the supervisor/mine owner and was fired. He did not receive full compensation due to this and was forced by the employer to sign a statement stating he was paid in full or he would be paid nothing. He signed and received $42,000. This breach of contract and the employer had no reasonable explanation for failing to pay client what it promised.
Alaska Native woman in Soldotna could benefit from having an attorney help her through the probate process. She is the personal representative in her mother’s will, and stands to inherit her mother’s home in McGrath, AK plus some native corporation shared and interests in native allotments.
A 59 year old immigrant from Thailand needs a divorce and someone to help her get her fair share of marital equity. She only speaks Thai or Lao, but a translator is available. Any amount of property/money would make a big difference in her life.
Client’s mother passed away in May 2015 without a will. She has already started the probate and was appointed the personal representative. She now needs help from a volunteer lawyer to access her mother’s PERS pension and investigate the assets of her mother’s estate. This is important as the client is now caring for her two young siblings.
Our client lives in subsidized housing and pays $210 per month. Since moving in in November 2010, she has experienced unwillingness from management to maintain and fix some serious problems in her unit. The most notable is there is black mold in the attic and in the carpet in the garage, which she believes is causing her and her son health issues. She cannot afford to move and wishes to have these issues resolved so she can comfortable and safely remain in the unit.
Alaska Native Elder divorced in 1988 from an abusive husband (including a sexual abuse felony conviction). BIA awarded title to a restricted townsite lot to her in 1994, and her ex-husband has lived on the land without her permission for years. ALSC filed an ejectment suit in federal court last spring. Ex-husband did not answer. A default judgement was awarded, directing the ex-husband to remove himself from the property and to pay damages with interest. Our client is seeking help now in collecting on the money judgement and enforcing the judgement to leave the property by March 1. 2016. Client is still fearful of her ex-husband and wishes to have no contact with him.
Alaska Native couple wishes to adopt their grandson, who has been living with them since birth. The child is now 5 years old. His father died in 2014 and his mother consents to the adoption. A tribal adoption was attempted twice, but now they need to file in state court and require the assistance of a pro bono attorney with this ICWA adoption. The clients are very cooperative and have been easy to work with.
Alaska Native Veteran was injured on the job in 2014 which gave him terrible migraines. Upon his return to work, his supervisor would send him home periodically on FMLA. Forcing an employee to take FMLA leave when it is unnecessary is a violation of the FMLA regulations. Our client also disclosed to his supervisor he had PTSD from his military service, his supervisor then shared that information with others in their department in violation of HIPPA. Eventually, he was terminated for “excessive absences.” The termination may have violated the ADA. The client has filed with the AERC for disability related violations. A pro bono attorney would be most helpful to this man, to help him seek redress against his former employer.
Native Alaskan disabled Elder would like the return of money taken from his PFDs due to a default judgement. He claims he never received the services for which he has a judgement against him. The check to the other party was returned by USPS and the funds were returned to the State as unclaimed property.
Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC
Housing Court Justice Project
TWO POSITIONS CURRENTLY OPEN: 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 (or can possibly be split into two volunteer shifts). 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, email@example.com, 907.406.2222.
Alaska Immigration Justice Project Pro Bono Cases
Pregnant Central American girl (under 18) recently entered the United States. Girl fled home country because pregnancy is a result of rape, and death threats were made against the baby that soon will be born. Girl has “Unaccompanied Alien Child” status, which provides her with additional rights / procedures. Immigration Court proceedings are pending against her. The Alaska Institute for Justice will provide training for a pro bono attorney willing to take on this asylum case. Please contact Dan Rodgers at (907) 279-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in receiving more information.