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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 8/16/2016

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.

Senior with cognitive disabilities needs an attorney with Trusts and Estates expertise.  His father created a trust to manage his affairs at the end of his life that included interests for all of this father’s decedents.  This issue is his father had left his family when our client was a small child, and remarried creating a second family.  The children of the second marriage have filed for Reformation of the Trust to remove our client and the other siblings from the first marriage as beneficiaries.  There may be litigation required, depending on if a settlement can be reached between all parties. 

This case is an uncontested adoption.  Our client and her same-sex partner of 18 years wish to adopt a child they have been raising since birth.  The 4 year old child has special needs. 

71 year old woman who resides in a long-term care center is seeking a divorce for two reasons: 1) She is a senior with significant medical needs.  She doesn’t have enough work credits to receive a livable social security retirement income.  A divorce will help her separate from her husband’s finances, thereby making it easier for her to obtain the assistance she needs to survive, and 2) the marriage has been abusive in that her husband neglects her needs and subjects her to verbal abuse.  She wishes to close the chapter of her abusive marriage and continue to live her life in dignity. 

Client is undergoing treatment for stage 4 cancer.  He is being sued by an ex-employer who hired him to deliver marijuana to the employer’s customers from breach of a promissory note and a confidentiality clause.  Client was told, and believed, the delivery service was a legitimate business, but later learned from the police this was illegal.  Client needs help defending against this lawsuit and also claims he was not paid for his work and would like to be compensated for unpaid wages.  

Alaska Native woman needs assistance with a probate.  She wishes to settle the estate of her mother who passed away without a will.  There are four living siblings and three children of a deceased sibling.  The only significant asset is a home in Hoonah that is in poor condition, which the heirs all want to keep in the family.  

Alaska Native elder on a fixed income needs help drafting the correct real estate purchase and sale agreement to effectively transfer her inherited interest in 3 parcels of land to her nephew who inherited the majority interest in the land. 

37 year old mother of four needs a pro bono attorney to help her with a divorce and custody matter.  Her abusive husband abruptly moved out of state to live with his new girlfriend.  When he left, he cleaned out their personal and business bank accounts including money people had prepaid for construction work.  She is being sued by these clients, and is currently working with a Bankruptcy attorney.  The husband has told her if she files for child support he will go back to Mexico, where he is a citizen.    

A disabled veteran, age 59, seeks a divorce from her abusive husband.  She has a long-term protective order against him.


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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