Current Pro Bono Cases
ALSC Pro Bono Cases
Native family of 5 in Savoonga own a home connected to the city’s water/sewer system. The movement of the underground pipes buried in the tundra, due to the ground freezing and thawing, has caused significant damage to the client’s home, including a wall that has been pulled out of the foundation causing drafts within the home. The City of Savoonga is part of the Alaska Rural Utilities Collaborative. Client has repeatedly complained, but the problem remains. The client refused to pay his bills until the damage to his home was repaired, and thus now this family is living in winter in Alaska with no running water. This situation is affecting other Savoonga residents as well.
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 (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.
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.