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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 11/21/2016

ALSC Pro Bono Cases


Please contact Laura Goss at 222-4521 or if you are interested in any of the cases and/or projects listed below.

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:  

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.

Widowed senior would like to create a will.

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.

Spanish speaking woman would like legal assistance regarding her sister’s recent death, and running the decedent’s hotel in her absence.  She needs help with court forms and assistance as to how to manage her sister’s mortgage, home, hotel, and bills after her death.

60 year old disabled Filipino immigrant needs a divorce.  She was married for 17 years and became disabled after a stroke in 2015.  Her husband abandoned her early this year after going to jail for domestic violence.  There is marital property and debt to be divided, including retirement from husband.  She was recently homeless, but has now procured safe housing.

Grandparents want to adopt their grandson, now 10 years old, who they have been caring for since birth.  The child’s mother is currently incarcerated and she has written a letter of support of the adoption.  The child’s father has contested that he is the father.

Client living on Kodiak needs counsel to help him get his EEOC claim for race discrimination filed.  English is his second language.  Assistance can be provided by phone.

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
ONE POSITION CURRENTLY OPEN:  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.


Alaska Immigration Justice Project Pro Bono Cases

Pregnant Central American girl (under 18) recently entered the United States. Girl fled home country because pregnancy is a result of rape, and death threats were made against the baby that soon will be born. Girl has “Unaccompanied Alien Child” status, which provides her with additional rights / procedures. Immigration Court proceedings are pending against her. 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 if interested in receiving more information.  

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