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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 3/21/2017

ALSC Pro Bono Cases


Please contact Laura Goss at ALSC for information about these pro bono opportunities.

907-222-4521 or

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:  

This client has two separate uncontested adoption cases to adopt her sister’s two children.  Bio mom has been in and out of jail and is willing to consent to both adoptions. 

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

Client worked part-time as a City Clerk for the City of Marshall, AK.  She was suspended for “suspicious activity.”  She needs help from an attorney to obtain a fair review of the records in order to defend herself from both wrongful termination and the demand for payment.  It is likely a settlement could be reached.  This case was vetted by an Employment Attorney who recommends pro bono placement, and she has agreed to mentor another lawyer who chooses to take on this case. 

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. 

Alaska Native elder needs a divorce.  Her husband sexually abused their granddaughter and he is currently incarcerated.  She needs an attorney who can obtain court orders releasing pension information from the school district and the Alaska Railroad, and to prepare a QDRO.    

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.   

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.

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.

Man living in Delta Junction needs an attorney to assist him with settling trust.  His mother passed away in August 2016, leaving behind a trust making our client the trustee.  He is now receiving collection calls from creditors threatening to take his home.

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.

Young single mother wants full custody of her less than one year old son.  The child’s father was physically abusive to her while she was pregnant, and he was convicted for domestic violence assault against her.  She fears that if she doesn’t seek custody, her ex may try to take her son from her.

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

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 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.

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 (, 677-6135), Eva Gardner (, or Susan Orlansky (

(Updated 3/15/2017)

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