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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 4/19/2017

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

*** In addition to the pro bono cases listed below, I am currently trying to place 8 Bankruptcy cases and 6 wills cases. ***

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:

 

AN-17-23356
Woman with Multiple Sclerosis was in a 20 year relationship, but they never married.  The have 2 children together who are teens.  She needs help filing motions for interim child support and spousal support.  A Complaint for Custody and Complaint to Dissolve Domestic Partnership have already been filed.

AN-17-22376
Client was informed his unemployment benefits were being denied for time he was in Mexico with his wife (who is from there). He believes if he went to Canada, his benefits would have continued, but not to Mexico.  He’s repaid the State of Alaska, but feels he is due a refund for these 6 weeks of unpaid unemployment. 

AN-17-22865
Disabled Veteran needs help filing for custody/visitation.  Hearing is in June with Judge Rindner.

AN-17-23649 and AN-17-23638
Elder husband and wife would like a will and power of attorney. 

BE-16-21991
Client is 25 years old and lives in a village where she practices a subsistence lifestyle.  The father of her child was not listed on the birth certificate and he drowned in April 2016.  She would now like the father’s name on her son’s birth certificate.  She needs the help of a pro bono attorney to help her file a court case to establish his paternity, and also needs assistance in obtaining a presumptive death certificate.

AN-17-22916
Client is the legal guardian for his grandson.  He believes that his grandson’s biological father left him assets following his death.  Client was told by the bank he needed an order from the probate court before they could provide him any information. 

AN-17-22911
Woman would like to modify her will.  She is a shareholder of TCC.

AN-16-22329
Native Alaskan Veteran who suffers from PTSD needs an attorney to help with with a divorce and custody case. He currently has supervised visitation.  He is currently in Veterans Court, and they are advocating for him to get a pro bono attorney to assist him. 

JU-17-23075
Woman would like a divorce and to obtain custody of her 12 year old daughter.  The long marriage was fraught with mental and physical abuse.  It is unlikely she would lose this case because of the documented history of DV and that the daughter is old enough to have her preference considered.  This client needs an attorney who can take care of all overwhelming paperwork and procedure, and ensure that she will not have contact with her husband. 

AN-16-22541
Client’s husband passed away in November 2016.  He left a will, but everything is in his name and she needs to open probate. 

JU-16-22387
A 10 year old girl lost her mother to suicide, and her father has had nothing to do with her for years while he has been in and out of jail for drug-related crimes.  Her grandmother has had legal custody since 2009 and would like to adopt her now.  Biological father refuses to sign consent for tribal adoption (child is enrolled in Hoonah).  The adoption will have to proceed without his consent.

AN-16-21729
Disabled woman with multiple health issues, including a stroke in 2015, need assistance with a Custody Modification. The child at issue is 16 years old with Asperger’s.  Mother has had custody with father having visitation, however father has not regularly exercised his visitation. Father has filed a motion to modify claiming mother has been keeping this child from him.  

KE-16-21956
Alaska Native woman in Metlakatla and her husband would like to adopt her 12 year old daughter from a previous marriage.  The child would like the same last name as her parents and half-siblings.  Biological father has not seen the child since she was 1, and said he will consent to the adoption to get out of his paying future child support.  They have tried and have been unsuccessful trying to work with Metlakatla Social Services to complete a tribal adoption.  They would like to file in state court.

PA-16-21183
Client with 2 teenagers would like a divorce from her husband who is a Master Sergeant in the US Army.  There is a history of domestic violence against our client and her children.  She needs the help of an attorney familiar with military pensions and the 20-20 rule.  His military pension will be the major asset to be divided in the divorce.

AN-16-21048
Our client is a senior that has been the victim of serious domestic violence by her husband and daughter.  She seeks a divorce and states there is not much in personal property and there is no real property.  She needs an attorney to help her file her petition, division of marital property/debts, and her claim for spousal support.

KO-16-21623
A young single mother in Kotzebue needs help with a probate matter.  There is conflict among the heirs to her mother’s estate, and there has not yet been a probate case in state court.  Other heirs were nominated to act as executor in the will, but they are not pursuing a state probate case. 

 

Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:

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.

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, scarver@alsc-law.org, 907.406.2222.


Federal Pro Bono Project 

The Federal Pro Bono Project connects attorneys interested in limited-scope volunteer opportunities with primarily prisoner civil rights cases filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  Cases are recognized as qualifying for assistance based on whether the litigant is incarcerated; has filed in forma pauperis or otherwise demonstrated an inability to afford counsel; is likely to work well with counsel; and whether the claims at stake are so complex, or so important, that they will be prejudiced without the assistance of counsel.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Catherine Rogers (Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov, 677-6135), Eva Gardner (eva@anchorlaw.com), or Susan Orlansky (Susano@reevesamodio.com).

(Updated 3/15/2017)

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