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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 11/27/2017

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:

AN-17-25657
Client bought a car from a local auction company, put money into the car, tried to change the title into his name, but was informed the paperwork provided by the company did not match.  He wants to return to car and get his money back.

AN-17-26138
This is a strong case of employer misconduct.  Client has a list of other current and past employees with similar experiences.  She needs an employment lawyer to assist her with her case. 

AN-17-26367
Veteran currently residing at the VA Domiciliary needs a lawyer to help him get a divorce.  There are no children. 

PB-17-26553
Anchorage non-profit organization that serves people at risk for homelessness needs the help of an attorney to review their client release of information.  They are proposing a new ROI for legal review.

PA-17-25839
Man in his 60s needs help from an attorney with a straight breach of contract action.  There is a violation of the sale agreement, and the buyers of his 20 year-old business have stopped payments and are selling collateral, which violates the sale agreement.  Client is on SSDI and needs the money to take care of his adult daughter with spina bifida. 

KN-17-26247
Woman needs probate of her deceased husband’s estate.  A probate is necessary to put the house in her name, and an order appointing her the PR will also oblige the bank to discuss the loan with her.

AN-17-24459
Client is a 55 year old immigrant needing a divorce. She speaks only Spanish and cannot read or write.  Her husband has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor (client’s daughter, his step-daughter).  Her daughter is in state custody, and they will not release her to our client’s custody if she is still married to her husband.  There will be no custody to dispute, as they have no children in common. Client is working with AK Institute for Justice on her immigration matter. 

AN-17-26144
Woman took out a large loan in 2009 to pay for her son-in-law’s substance abuse treatment. She is still paying on this loan, even though her son-in-law is now deceased.  Client is hoping to recover some money from her son-in-law’s estate or from the rehab facility. 

JU-17-23946
Four siblings residing out of state would like to resolve title to their Angoon, AK ANCSA lots.  This would involve 2 probates – one for mother and one for a brother. 

AN-17-25733
30 year old African American man with a learning disability needs help with his former landlord, who was also his employer.  He has several legitimate claims against his landlord, which need the help of an attorney to address. 

AN-17-26346
Native female Elder would like a will. 

BE-17-26114
79 year old Aniak resident needs assistance in a land dispute arising after the probate of the previous property owner’s estate.  Client has three receipts for the land sale.  Since her final payment in 1999, she has lived on the property without paying rent.  She has received several requests for payment of an additional $54,000 for the land.  Our client may not have received adequate notice of probate.  Additionally, she may have a strong claim to the title of the land under adverse possession. 

AN-17-25448
Woman in her 50s needs a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, as her home is being foreclosed. 

AN-17-25991
Alaska Native elder is seeking assistance with a probate of her mother’s estate.  Our client is the PR, and her siblings are agreeable with the estate matters.

AN-17-25852
Young woman needs help to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and get her financial life back on track.  Client is motivated and this case has been vetted by a Bankruptcy attorney. 

AN-17-25992
Veteran would like the assistance of an attorney to negotiate a manageable payment plan with Child Support Services Division.  If you want to learn how to assist clients like this one, I can provide you a mentor. 

PA-17-24620
This is a custody case from Kenai, though a bit different.  There are disagreeing parents and a GAL regarding the course of treatment of a 15 year old who recently suffered a psychotic break.  The father and client is legally blind, and can really benefit from an attorney to assist him with getting all of the best information before the GAL and the Court so that the best possible decisions can be made for this vulnerable teen.

Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:

Landlord/Tenant Hotline

During one 2 hour evening shift per month, you will answer calls from Alaskans with questions about their current situation.  Your main resource is the Landlord/Tenant Act Handbook.  You will receive calls at any phone of your choice.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

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.

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

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.


Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Updated 11/27/2017


Palmer custody case – Client has a long term protection order in place. This case involves stalking, sexual assault and high levels of DV to the client by OP. Case is not filed yet.

All inquiries can be emailed to Christine Pate or direct dial @ (907) 747-2673.


Federal Pro Bono Project 

Updated 9/25/2017

3:16-cv-00223-RRB  Bradshaw v. Nyholm, et al.
Federal civil rights case challenges idea that prisoner safety is a privilege.  Case involves Department of Corrections’ use of solitary confinement, duty to protect, gang presence at Spring Creek Correctional Center, and process by which prisoners become eligible for protective custody.  Federal Pro Bono Project volunteers have drafted an amended complaint, which has been served.  U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00154-RRB, Helveston v. Brooks, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations that prisoner was infected by a dentist with chronic hepatitis C while housed at Spring Creek Correctional Center and has not received medical care as agreed to in a previous court case's settlement.  Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00036-SLG Powell v. Goslin, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations of inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for representation limited to discovery, a motion for preliminary injunction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, settlement negotiations, or any other scope of representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake.

3:17-cv-00053-SLG, Revet v. Horton, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns prisoner’s allegations that deductions are being made from his trust account without his authorization and in violation of Department of Corrections policy and procedures.  Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

If interested in volunteering please contact Catherine Rogers at Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov, 677-6135, or Susan Orlansky at susano@reevesamodio.com. 

 


Alaska Institute for Justice

(Updated 11/17/2017)

  1. Young woman from West African country recently placed in immigration court removal proceedings.  Needs attorney to represent her in immigration court to present asylum claim and petition to reinstate her green card.  The Alaska Institute for Justice will provide training for a pro bono attorney willing to take on this asylum case.
  2. Young girl who fled death threats and violence in El Salvador recently placed in immigration court removal proceedings.  Needs attorney to represent her in immigration court to present asylum claim and to assist her in pursuing other forms of immigration relief.  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 dan.rodgers@akijp.org if interested in receiving more information. 

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