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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 2/10/2015

Landlord/Tenant Legal Hotline
ALSC is seeking two volunteer attorneys to staff the Landlord/Tenant Legal Hotline.  You do not have to have experience in Landlord Tenant Law.  This can be done via phone from anywhere – any city, your home, your office, or your cell phone.  Shifts are regularly scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm.  Contact Laura Goss at if you are interested in learning more about getting involved.

Alaska Legal Services Corporation is looking for volunteer assistance with the following cases:

New pro bono cases:

Anchorage – AN-14-13891
Alaska Native woman seeks to adopt her 7 year old grandson, whom she has raised since he was 2.  The birth mother is an addict and has serious cognitive impairment and the birth father lives out of state.  The child was placed with her through the Eklutna Tribal Court. 

Anchorage – AN-14-13717
A young Alaska Native woman entered into a sale agreement to purchase a trailer and has made substantial repairs.  While making payments, she learned the seller is actually in foreclosure with the trailer.  She stopped making payments in January due to this, and the original owner has locked her out of the trailer with her belongings still inside. 

Anchorage – AN-15-14335
Client would like permanent custody of her two grandsons who’ve lived with her for over 10 years.  The boys’ mother died last year and they have no contact with their father.    

Anchorage:  AN-13-08589
Grandmother who has Power of Attorney is seeking guardianship of 8 year old grandson.  The child’s father was murdered in 2007, and the mother has a significant alcohol abuse problem and lives out of state.  Mother has made threats to take the son to California, and the client wants to maintain his safety. 

Naukati (Prince of Wales Island)  – JU-14-13458
Grandmother would like to adopt her 7 year old special needs grandson.  Both parents agree to the adoption. 

Other cases:

Anchorage – AN-14-13554
60 year old woman seeks legal assistance related to unpaid property taxes on her home.  After the end of a long-term relationship this year, her ex said he would release his interest in the property to her but has not.  She lost her job a few months ago and cannot afford to pay the back taxes owed.  She is also behind on her promissory note payments as is at risk to lose the home.  She would like to set up a payment plan with the MOA and negotiate a resolution with the Trust.

Anchorage – AN-14-13614
Woman need assistance in a wrongful termination regarding a work-related injury.  After using all of her paid leave, she applied for FMLA, but while waiting on a determination was told by her employer she needed to return to work to avoid termination, despite her continued pain.  When she explained she was still in horrible pain and unable to work, she was terminated and her FMLA was denied.  She had neck surgery in October and is still unable to work.  Client has filed claims with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission and the US Department of Labor, who are investigating her claims.  Can you help her obtain need back wages or other damages from her employer?  She is close to being homeless with no prospects for gainful employment due to her continued pain. 

Palmer – PA-14-12331
Young woman needs assistance with establishing her interest in a piece of real property.  Attempts to negotiate with the land owner, her uncle who lives in Bethel, have failed so far.  She likely needs to open a superior court case and request a declaratory judgment regarding the parties’ respective interests.

Can you help these Veterans? 

Anchorage – AN-14-13528
Disabled, homeless Veteran claimed three dependents while collecting unemployment benefits. His ex-wife has physical custody, but he was providing substantial economic support during this time.  The State is auditing his claims and has begun to dig deeper into his travel history and work availability.  Client feels the scope of the State’s examination keeps getting broader, and he wonders if his ex-wife is motivating the investigator.

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 now Kenai.  ERP sessions are held once per month in each city.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or

Please contact Laura Goss if you are interested in taking a case.  Phone: 907-222-4521

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is seeking volunteers for the following cases:

Anchorage divorce and custody case: volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain a divorce and custody of one child. Client currently has a long-term protection order which the opposing party has violated. Opposing party has perpetrated domestic violence both to the client and her children from a previous relationship.

Fairbanks: Volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain custody of her two minor children. Client was recently granted a long-term protective order against the opposing party who has a history of substance abuse and assault charges in multiple states.

Fairbanks custody matter: volunteer attorney needed to help victim of domestic violence obtain custody of two minor children. Client was recently granted a long-term protective order, opposing party is currently in prison for assault against client. He has previously violated protective orders and has a history of substance abuse.

Interested?  Please contact Christine Pate if you are interested in assisting with any of the above cases.

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