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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 2/2/2016

ALSC Pro Bono Cases

After their divorce in 2015 was finalized, our client discovered her husband purchased a house before the divorce was final and did not include it in his list of assets.  She needs an attorney to help her determine if there was fraud on the court by her ex-husband, to file a motion to reopen the judgment, and to complete discovery to find out how much equity is in the house and what of that is marital. 

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.

Homeless Veteran is currently in treatment, getting his life together.  He owes approximately $8,000 to Child Support Services Division.  Due to this debt, he is unable to obtain a driver’s license, which permits him from employment with any Alaskan union.  He’s like to make a new settlement with CSSD to he can manage payments and start working again.

50 year old woman needs assistance from an attorney to help her navigate the appeals process and in briefing her appeal of an OAH decision to the Anchorage Superior Court.  She has been denied occupational retirement disability.  Her Appellate Brief is due in January (no date has been set yet). 

Single mother of four divorced pro se in 2014.  The court granted her motion for disbursement of the husband’s pension.  He has failed to transfer 50% of his 401K to her as ordered by the court.  She now wants to move for an order compelling the transfer of funds.  Ex-husband has threatened to stop making payment on her vehicle if she seeks to enforce the order to divide his 401K.

Active Duty serviceman needs a divorce and custody of his 1.5 year old son.  He’s been married for three years to a woman who has perpetrated multiple incidents of domestic violence toward him.  His wife was convicted of DV assault in 2014 against her husband.  She also has an open fraud case against her with the State of Alaska. 

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.

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 dies 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.

Mother and daughter require help to complete a probate matter started by an ALSC staff attorney who has since left her position.  Daughter was sole beneficiary in a handwritten will, and the court found the will valid and appointed her personal representative.  She now needs assistance with preparing the inventory and closing the estate. 

Disabled senior on a fixed income rents a dry cabin in Big Lake from his brother and sister in law.  He is currently trying to negotiate a lease, but his familial relations are contentious.  This man would greatly benefit from the assistance of a third party to help them negotiate an agreement.  He has tried several times on his own, to no avail.



Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC

Veterans Wills Clinic
On March 28th from 10 am – 4:30 pm you will assist veterans in obtaining a will.  A notary and printer will be available, so the vets will walk out with will in hand. You can sign up by contacting Laura Goss at 222-4521 or

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

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.

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

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,, 907.406.2222.

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