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Current Pro Bono Cases

Updated 4/13/2015

Landlord/Tenant Legal Clinic Facilitator/Instructor
ALSC is seeking a volunteer attorney to staff our monthly Landlord/Tenant Clinic in Anchorage, on the 1st Thursdays of every month.  You do not have to have experience in Landlord Tenant Law, and you will be given relevant materials to use and distribute.  Typically 10 people come each month with their questions for the attorney.   You will have time to shadow our current Instructor before he deploys out of Alaska this summer.  Contact Laura Goss at if you are interested in learning more about this pro bono opportunity.

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

 New pro bono cases:

California - AN-15-14515
Client now living in California seeks representation with regard to reducing his current child support obligations with the State of Alaska.  His social security checks and occasional paychecks are currently being garnished by 46% and he is finding it very difficult to survive on this reduced income he is left with.  He understands he must pay this debt, but he also needs more income to live on. 

Anchorage - AN-15-14629
Couple seeks legal assistance in the adoption of a one-year old who has been in their care since shortly after his birth.  They are currently the child’s legal guardians.  The child’s mother has addiction issues and the father is unknown.  The mother is supportive of the adoption and will consent.  This is an ICWA adoption. 

Kodiak - KN-15-14901
Desert Storm Veteran, age 50, is unable to move on with his life due to outstanding child support obligations for his children, both in their 20s now.  He has been making regular payments, but because of accruing interest he is unable to get the balance down.

Seward - KN-15-14602
54 year old Army Vet, who volunteers walking dogs at an animal shelter, owes apx. $41,000 in child support; his child is not in his 30s.  Because of this debt, he is totally destitute and living in an old RV on a friend’s property.  Wage garnishment makes it impossible for him to make ends meet, and to get a driver’s license.  He was recently told the state may pursue criminal charges against him.

Other Cases:

Anchorage – AN-14-13614
Woman needs 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.

Anchorage - AN-14-12116
65 year old veteran, who’s been homeless in the past, needs negotiating assistance to enter a more manageable payment plan for back Child Support.  The monthly garnishment does not even cover the interest accruing.  He is very frustrated with the current situation and barely making it financially.

Chitina – PA-15-14373
Mother needs assistance with her custody/visitation case involving her three children with an ex-boyfriend now living in Valdez.  His escalated alcohol abuse has put their children in dangerous situations (he plays with guns around the children, took a child to the bar with him, threatened to put son in the wood stove, etc.)  She has a protective order and they have been separated since 2013.  The children’s father has retained an attorney.  Due to the distance involved, some case work would be by phone, however client comes to Anchorage regularly and does have internet.

Fairbanks – FA-15-14748
Client had a custody order issued in 2008 in AK.  Four years ago the father took the child on vacation out of state and has never returned.  This case will need an attorney comfortable with family law and jurisdictional issues under UCCJEA.  Alaska has jurisdiction.  The location of the child has recently been learned.

Ketchikan – KE-14-13090
Senior woman would like to file Bankruptcy.  Her creditors are calling her non-stop and she would like relief from her debt. 

Wasilla– PA-14-14122
Young woman would like legal assistance with her Unemployment Appeal.  Client claims she was unfairly terminated, and the employer has given inconsistent reasons for terminating her.  She has a newborn and needs her unemployment benefits to provide for her child. 

Help Seniors Experiencing a Cut in their Personal Care Aide Hours
ALSC has several of these cases to place pro bono.  Would you like to make a significant difference in the daily life of a low-income Senior?  ALSC will train you to assist our clients with Personal Care Assistant Hours Reductions and Medicaid Waivers.  Skills honed will be client interviewing and representing clients in administrative appeal hearings.  This is a very rewarding project and a great learning experience for young lawyers wanting to learn a different area of the law and how it intersects with medical issues.  Interested?  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or

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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