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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 10/3/2017

ALSC Pro Bono Cases

 

Please contact Laura Goss at ALSC for information about these pro bono opportunities. 907-222-4521 or lgoss@alsc-law.org

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:

AN-17-25852
Young woman needs help to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and get her financial life back on track.  Client is motivated and this case has been vetted by a Bankruptcy attorney. 

AN-17-25992
Veteran would like the assistance of an attorney to negotiate a manageable payment plan with Child Support Services Division.  If you want to learn how to assist clients like this one, I can provide you a mentor. 

PA-17-25839
Disabled senior is the caregiver for his 23-year-old disabled daughter. He sold his auto repair shop, and the buyers have stopped making payments.  He needs an attorney to assist him with this matter. 

PA-17-25871
59 –year-old woman needs a divorce from her abusive husband; there are no children.  There are criminal charges pending against the husband.  Client prefers a pro bono attorney from the Mat-Su Valley.  

AN-17-25794
Woman in her 70’s would like a simple will prepared. 

PA-17-24620
This is a custody case from Kenai, though a bit different.  There are disagreeing parents and a GAL regarding the course of treatment of a 15-yer-old who recently suffered a psychotic break.  The father and client is legally blind, and can really benefit from an attorney to assist him with getting all of the best information before the GAL and the Court so that the best possible decisions can be made for this vulnerable teen. 

AN-17-25797
77-year-old woman needs the assistance of an attorney to probate her husband’s estate.  She’d like a lot in Caswell Lakes put in her name so she can get a clear title and sell the 2 lots her husband bought.  Client has limited vision and needs the money to pay some back taxes.

JU-17-25447
Woman in Sitka need help with a custody modification.  There are two children at issue.  Client is intimidated by her ex-husband; he was emotionally abusive to her.  Client moved back to Sitka six months ago but has been refused visitation with her daughters.  She says there is a provision in the custody order that says she must be gainfully employed to exercise shared custody.  She is currently unemployed.  

JU-17-24747
This is a Worker’s Comp case.  Client is a 52 year old woman from Pakistan who was injured on the job at McDonald’s in the kitchen.  Client speaks Urdu and will need a translator (at ALSC’s expense) or a family member present to facilitate communication.   

AN-17-24208
Client would like to end her 5 year marriage to her violent husband who has a long criminal history, including being a child molester.  She is afraid of her husband, who recently got out of jail for felony DUI. 

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.  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

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, scarver@alsc-law.org, 907.406.2222.


Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Updated 10/9/2017

Palmer – Divorce with property-only. OP has a current assault case pending against him. Newly filed case, no deadlines yet.

Anchorage – Custody case with child support enforcement. Severe abuse to the client and her children. The OP is currently out of state and has not been in their lives for over 2 years. Case is not filed yet so no immediate deadlines.

Anchorage – Custody case. Client has interim orders and a stipulated protection order. History of physical violence to the client and her child (1) including scalding and strangulation.

All inquiries can be emailed to Christine Pate or direct dial @ (907) 747-2673.


Federal Pro Bono Project 

Updated 9/25/2017

3:16-cv-00223-RRB  Bradshaw v. Nyholm, et al.
Federal civil rights case challenges idea that prisoner safety is a privilege.  Case involves Department of Corrections’ use of solitary confinement, duty to protect, gang presence at Spring Creek Correctional Center, and process by which prisoners become eligible for protective custody.  Federal Pro Bono Project volunteers have drafted an amended complaint, which has been served.  U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00154-RRB, Helveston v. Brooks, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations that prisoner was infected by a dentist with chronic hepatitis C while housed at Spring Creek Correctional Center and has not received medical care as agreed to in a previous court case's settlement.  Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

3:17-cv-00036-SLG Powell v. Goslin, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns allegations of inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for representation limited to discovery, a motion for preliminary injunction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, settlement negotiations, or any other scope of representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake.

3:17-cv-00053-SLG, Revet v. Horton, et al.
Federal civil rights case concerns prisoner’s allegations that deductions are being made from his trust account without his authorization and in violation of Department of Corrections policy and procedures.  Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

If interested in volunteering please contact Catherine Rogers at Catherine_Rogers@akd.uscourts.gov, 677-6135, or Susan Orlansky at susano@reevesamodio.com. 

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