Current Pro Bono Cases
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.
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 7/31/15 prior to this projects implementation in August. Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information. 907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.
Alaska Legal Services Corporation is looking for volunteer assistance with the following cases:
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.
Minnesota – AN-15-14368
Veteran, age 35, is living in Minnesota. He is unemployed and currently couch- surfing with a friend. He supports two children, but has been contacted by Alaska CSSD enforcing an order for his third child (his ex must now live in AK). He has a pro bono attorney in Minnesota who’s agreed to be a liaison with his pro bono attorney in Alaska. Client is working hard to get his life in order; however, the back child support owed with the concomitant wage garnishment, prevents him from moving forward. With advocacy from an Alaskan attorney, his ongoing obligations could be reduced significantly, allowing him to progress and stabilize his life.
Mountain Village (Bethel area) – BE-15-15865
Young single mother is attempting to get her daughter’s birth father listed as such on her birth certificate. He died in an automobile accident before the client knew she was pregnant, and thus he was also unaware of the pregnancy. ALSC will cover the costs of DNA testing of the paternal grandparents. After paternity is determined, our client will need assistance applying for her daughter’s Social Security Survivor’s Benefits.
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 LGoss@alsc-law.org.
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.