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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 8/18/2015

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 or 222-4521 for more information and to sign up to volunteer to help Vets.

NEW Housing Court Justice Project!
Assist Pro Se low-income tenants (or low-income landlords if the tenant 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.  A 1-Credit CLE Training will be provided 9/11/15 prior to this projects implementation.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is looking for volunteer assistance with the following cases:

Anchorage – AN-15-16344
51 year old man has a very interesting although unusual employment discrimination case.  Statements made by his supervisor regard his not receiving needed clearance and being “banned for life” from the State of AK.  Client is bright and articulate and has kept good records. 

Anchorage – AN-15-16612
83 year old veteran has been separated from his wife since 2011 when she moved back to Korea.  He now wants to pursue a divorce prior to making a new will. 

Anchorage – AN-15-14928
Disabled man in his 50s seeks help with CSED garnishments stemming from child support obligations of approximately $125,000.  Client has some major health issues and has been on SSD for many years, but his eligibility ended and he is now working.  However, because of the CSED lein, 40% of his wages are subject to garnishment, which does not leave him enough money to live on.  He would appreciate help in obtaining relief from this obligation so that he can remain a productive member of society

Fairbanks – FA-15-16238
Client feels she was unfairly treated and wrongfully terminated by her employer of 3 years.  Her discharge claim is based on good faith and fair dealing.  It appears there may be a valid claim based on failure to follow progressive discipline typically used by the company. 

Mat-Su – PA-14-11106
Client requires assistance with having her deceased father’s house put in hers and her brother’s names.  A handwritten and witnessed will was left by her father, but it is not notarized.  Back taxes are also owed on the property.

Washington State – JU-15-14944
Woman who is unable to work due to depression and PTSD needs an attorney to represent her at her September 14th Child Support Modification Evidentiary Hearing in Alaska.  Opposing party has an attorney.  Client recently won her case with SSI in appeal.  She’s been trying to manage this case on her own, but is increasingly overwhelmed by the process. 

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 now Kenai.  ERP sessions are held once per month in each city.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or

Please contact Laura Goss if you are interested in taking a case.  Phone: 907-222-4521

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is seeking volunteers for the following cases:

Anchorage divorce and custody case: volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain a divorce and custody of one child. Client currently has a long-term protection order which the opposing party has violated. Opposing party has perpetrated domestic violence both to the client and her children from a previous relationship.

Fairbanks: Volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain custody of her two minor children. Client was recently granted a long-term protective order against the opposing party who has a history of substance abuse and assault charges in multiple states.

Fairbanks custody matter: volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain custody of two minor children. Client was recently granted a long-term protective order, opposing party is currently in prison for assault against client. He has previously violated protective orders and has a history of substance abuse.

Interested?  Please contact Christine Pate if you are interested in assisting with any of the above cases.

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